Product News and Recalls

NPR broadcast examines faulty hip implants

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” on Monday provided an in-depth look at the problems that recipients of DePuy’s all-metal hip implants are dealing with. The company recalled the implants in 2010 because of a high early failure rate.

The broadcast actually went into the operating room at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where New Hampshire resident Susy Mansfield was undergoing surgery to remove one of the faulty devices.

The surgeon described for listeners the dead muscle and the staining on Mansfield’s tissue from ...

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Nonprofit says safer alternatives to Beyaz, Yaz available

Are the birth control pills Beyaz and Yaz dangerous? That’s a tricky question, according to the National Research Center for Women and Families.

An article by three staffers at the center, including two PhDs, makes the point that a relatively low number of women taking the oral contraceptives containing the synthetic hormone drospirenone – which include Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Beyaz – suffer a potentially fatal blood clot as a result.

The issue, according to the Center, is that less dangerous and less ...

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Report: Flaw in drug trials may work against women

A new study finds that women are prescribed more medications than men, but are less likely than men to use those medications as prescribed, according to a Washington Post report.

Authors of the study suggest that situation might point to an inherent flaw in the way drugs are tested in the first place. Men tend to be over-represented in early-stage drug trials, so development of medications might not take adequate account of the different way that women’s bodies absorb and metabolize ...

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What are the side effects of Beyaz?

Before taking Beyaz, or any drug, it is important to understand the potential side effects. Fortunately, most common Beyaz side-effects are quite rare. For example, according to the label, the most common adverse reactions include headaches, menstrual irregularities, nausea/vomiting, irritability, decreased libido, and increased weight.

Other less common, but more serious Beyaz side-effects listed on the label include:

  • Hyperkalemia, characterized by high levels of potassium in the blood and associated with kidney failure.
  • Liver disease.
  • High blood pressure, particularly among older women and long-time ...
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Beyaz on list of libido-inhibiting drugs

AdverseEvents, Inc., has listed oral contraceptive Beyaz as one of the drugs most related to loss of libido.

Beyaz shares the list with drugs for prostate problems, anti-depressants, and even the hair loss medication Propecia.

AdverseEvents, Inc. – which collates information from the federal Food and Drug Administration Adverse Events Reporting System database – compiled a list of FDA approved medications most associated with causing brain-related side effects in recognition of Brain Awareness Week (March 12-18).

Other reported side effects from Beyaz ...

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Yaz maker Bayer criticized over “price gouging”

International health advocates are criticizing Bayer after the German pharmaceutical giant announced it may contest a decision that could make life-saving medication available to cancer patients in the developing world.

In a landmark case, the Indian Patent Office issued a compulsory license in India to a generic drug manufacturer, effectively ending Bayer’s monopoly on a drug used to treat kidney and liver cancer.

According to international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, competition from the generic version will bring the price of the ...

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