Product News and Recalls

Minimal Doses of Viberzi Could Be Deadly

viberzi dangerous to those without gallbladderThe FDA has issued a safety communication recommending that certain patients stop taking Allergan’s Viberzi, and for healthcare professionals to stop prescribing it to certain populations immediately.

Viberzi is supposed to help those with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, or IBS-D, by decreasing bowel contractions, easing pain, and improving stool consistency.

Viberzi poses the most risk to individuals without a gallbladder. The FDA has received at least 120 reports ...

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Court Rules “Da Vinci” Maker Has Responsibility to Warn Parties of Possible Dangers

da vinci maker must warn of dangers with robotThe Washington state Supreme Court has overturned a jury’s ruling on Intuitive Surgical’s controversial robotic “da Vinci” laparoscopic surgical system. In a 6-3 vote, the court found Intuitive does have a duty to provide proper warnings and instructions to hospitals that use its devices.

Da Vinci robotic systems are used in minimally invasive procedures and include a camera at the end of a small tube. ...

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Asbestos Concerns Linger Nearly 50 Years After First Warnings

concerns linger over mesothelioma risks and asbestosFew materials have affected entire industries quite like the scourge of asbestos. Used in everything from insulation to paint, asbestos changed the way we manufactured many of the items we would come to welcome into our homes with open arms.

As a spike in a new form of cancer emerged, however, it became obvious that a serious mistake had been made. Research would go on to show that even a small ...

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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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