Product News and Recalls

Contamination Leads to Cancer Risk in Another Heart Medication

irbesartan drugs contaminated with cancer-causing chemicalWhen several heart medications were found to be contaminated with varying levels of two compounds that are suspected of being human carcinogens, most reports confidently named valsartan as the culprit. Several lots of medications containing valsartan manufactured primarily in Chinese laboratories were found to contain trace amounts of compounds known as NDMA and NDEA. Subsequent testing lead to recalls being issued in both the United States and Canada while patients ...

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Long Road Ahead in Monsanto Cancer Case

judge reduces award in Monsanto Roundup cancer case but lets verdict standEarlier this month, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos could not have been more explicit in her intentions. Citing a failure to provide “clear and convincing evidence of malice or oppression,” Judge Bolanos took aim at the $250 million punitive judgement levied by a jury on Monsanto for their role in causing a California school groundskeeper, husband, and father of two to develop non-Hodgkin’s ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Pregnancy Firing at Avon

Avon under fire for firing woman with high-risk pregnancy“This is the company that puts mascara on lashes and food on tables…This is the company that not only brings beauty to doors, but also opens them. This is Avon. The company that for over a century has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism, and above all, for women.” These are just some of the words in the mantra found on Avon’s homepage. However, if the information found in ...

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Hundreds of Accutane Lawsuits Dismissed

hundreds of Accutane lawsuits dismissedThe New Jersey Supreme Court has found that drug maker Hoffman-LaRoche provided proper and adequate warnings to patients taking its acne medication Accutane. In so doing, it has effectively dismissed consolidated lawsuits filed by some 514 plaintiffs.

In its ruling, which was a 6-0 decision with one justice abstaining, the Court found that Accutane’s warnings had been approved by the FDA since 2002. “On the record before us, even when ...

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Fall Has Arrived, Brings Roadway Dangers

fall brings beauty and dangers to roadwaysThe temperature has dropped, football season is in full swing, and attention has turned to adding pumpkin flavoring to as many food items as possible. Fall is finally here. And while this is normally a great season to prepare for holidays and relax in front of a roaring fireplace, we still have to get from point A to point B, and that means taking to the nation’s roadways.

Dry roads heated ...

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Access to Shingrix May Come Down to Where You Look

Shingrix vaccine may be in short supplyIt’s been a good year for GlaxoSmithKline. Just one year after its Shingrix shingles vaccine was approved by the FDA, the drug is in such high demand that availability has become an issue and the drug manufacturer is ramping up production to meet the growing need.

“We understand that this is a challenging situation to manage, and GSK is fully committed to expediting resupply throughout 2018. Going forward, providers and patients ...

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