Product News and Recalls

IBS-D Drug Could Threaten Patient Safety after Single Day’s Use

viberzi dangerous after one dayFor those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, or IBS-D, the trouble is two-fold. Physically, they endure severe abdominal pain and possible nausea on a regular basis, as well as excessive amounts of gas and sudden urges to reach the nearest bathroom. But they also face potential embarrassment over their condition and can suffer anxiety and loss of appetite. These social aspects can have dramatic impacts on their quality of ...

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Androgel Maker Faces Another Big Verdict

androgel faces 150 million dollar verdict in low-t trialYet again, a jury sent AbbVie, maker of the popular prescription testosterone drug Androgel, a loud and clear message. A federal jury in Chicago found that AbbVie misrepresented the dangers of using Androgel. And to make sure the drugmaker got their message, it also reached a verdict in excess of $140 million.

This most recent trial is the second bellwether case to be tried in the federal testosterone replacement therapy ...

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Record-breaking Mesh Verdict Handed Down in Philadelphia

philadelphia awards record breaking mesh verdict against ethiconJohnson & Johnson’s Ethicon manufacturing unit suffered a staggering loss in a Philadelphia courtroom recently when a jury awarded Ella Ebaugh $57 million for the pain and injury she suffered as the result of a pelvic mesh implant.

“I had five children and that’s what weakened my pelvic floor muscles,” Ebaugh said in an interview with the local CBS affiliate. To strengthen her pelvic wall and help ...

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Lawsuits: Heartburn Meds Causing Serious Kidney Problems

prilosec and nexium linked to kidney diseaseThe alleged link between heartburn medications like Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid and serious kidney disease or failure continues to strengthen. An investigative report from Sacramento’s ABC affiliate has some of the latest information on claims as well as the pressures patients endured from their doctors to continue taking the medications.

The drugs in question belong to a class of medicine known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs. ...

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Essure No Longer Available…Except in the United States

essure now only available in united statesAcknowledging a global decline in demand for its Essure contraceptive device, Bayer announced last week that it was pulling the device off the market around the world – except for the United States. In the same statement, the medical manufacturing giant sought to assure the public that the decision was “not linked to a safety or product quality problem.”

Tens of thousands of women in the U.S. and ...

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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Linked to Unchecked Dosage of Depression Medication

depression medicine linked to stevens-johnson syndromeKhaliah Shaw went to the doctor in 2014 seeking help for her depression. She was prescribed lamotrigine, an extended release medication most frequently used for patients with epilepsy and bipolar disorder. For the first two weeks, she had positive results. But then blisters began to appear all over her body. Her sweat glands began to melt, effectively liquefying from the inside out, and drastically changing her physical appearance. ...

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