Product News and Recalls

Johnson & Johnson’s 2016 Was Worse Than Yours

johnson & johnson had a very bad 2016From around September of last year right up until the ball dropped New Year’s Eve, you couldn’t go a day without hearing someone lament just how terrible the year wound up being. From celebrity deaths and other shocking world events to an increasingly hostile political environment, 2016 was the year that everyone simply wanted to forget.

The corporate world had its share of upheaval as well, but one ...

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Redesigned Medical Scopes Still Flawed, Dangerous

contaminated medical scopes continue causing infectionsAnother outbreak of the “superbug” attributed to non-sterile duodenoscopes has been reported, this time infecting at least five patients. The outbreaks are the result of a slimy layer of biofilm that can build up inside a scope and shelter bacteria from being removed during the cleaning process; also known as reprocessing.

This most recent outbreak comes despite a product redesign by Olympus, one of the largest manufacturers of the devices in ...

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Lawmaker Grandstanding Puts Us All at Risk

In recent weeks, we have taken the unusual step of publicly calling attention to specific pieces of newly proposed legislation. And, in a world where everything from your choice of cereal to the shoes on your feet can somehow be construed into being some sort of political statement, it is easy to see those posts and public callouts as a taking of sides of sort.

However, at its core, it is important to remember that the law knows – or should ...

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J&J Talc Cases Continue To Make Their Way through Courts

talc cancer cases continue through courtsA St. Louis jury has rejected a woman’s case that claimed she contracted ovarian and uterine cancer because of long-term use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder, according to U.S. News. The jury voted 11-1 against the plaintiff, Nora Daniels, who claimed to have used the product continually for three and a half decades.

Previous St. Louis juries had awarded nearly $200 million to plaintiffs in similar suits. Gwen ...

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Study Links Common Heartburn Drugs to Kidney Disease

more evidence links heartburn drugs with kidney diseaseOngoing research into the effects of certain heartburn medications continues to reveal increased risks of kidney disease or failure. These findings center on proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, which are found in common medicines you may already have in your home like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec. They are intended to treat gastric or digestive distress.

The New York Times wellness blog recently reported on a Journal of the American Medical ...

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IBS-D Drug Could Kill Those Without Gallbladder

viberzi may cause fatal pancreatitis in patients with no gallbladderMay 27, 2015 was a busy day at the FDA and a good day for two competing pharmaceutical companies. Allergan’s Viberzi, as well as Valeant’s Xifaxan medications were both approved by the agency to treat IBS-D, or irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea.

Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome must contend with frequent agonizing bouts of lower stomach distress. The pain can be intense and is amplified by the ...

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