Posts Tagged 'Food and Drug Administration'

Dissatisfaction Intensifies Over FDA Inaction on Breast Implant Cancer

dissatisfaction continues over FDA response to breast implant cancerInvestigations into the growing body of evidence indicating a link between breast implants and a certain type of breast cancer are showing a troubling common thread: a complete lack of warning for the patient over the danger.

Numbers seem to support the notion that the decision to receive breast implants is made without much; if any, concern over personal health. 75 percent of the 400,000 breast implant procedures conducted ...

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As Women Call for Action, FDA Continues “Assessment” of Breast Implant Cancer Risk

FDA continues assessment of breast implant cancer riskA growing number of women are being diagnosed with a form of breast cancer linked to breast implants, and the calls for lawsuits and legislative action or regulation are rising.

16 deaths may already be associated with the condition known as BIA-ALCL or breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. U.S. diagnoses of the cancer are now up to 457 from a previous high of 414. Over ...

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FDA Regulators Take Closer Look at Sunscreen Market

fda takes aim at sunscreen makersFrom parents to dermatologists, the mantra has always been the same: Wear. Your. Sunscreen. It doesn’t matter the season or the length of exposure – if you’re headed outside you need to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

What most fail to add to these warnings, however, is that while you’re perusing the aisle of nearly endless sunscreen choices you might as well be walking down a dusty street in the ...

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Valsartan Contamination and Cancer: What are the Risks?

valsartan recalled over contamination cancer concernsRecent news stories regarding certain heart medications also came with a startling warning: patients taking medications using the ingredient valsartan may have been unknowingly ingesting chemicals that could be carcinogenic. The issue stems from contamination of valsartan batches with chemicals that are generally used in a wide variety of industrial applications from making rocket fuel to processing fish.

The chemical at the center of the story, NDMA or N-nitrosodimethylamine, was discovered ...

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Think the FDA Has Your Best Interests in Mind? You May Want to Think Again.

FDA under fire for industry-friendly approach“Instead of a regulator and a regulated industry, we now have a partnership. That relationship has tilted the agency away from a public health perspective to an industry friendly perspective.” This is the assessment of Dr. Michael Carome, director of health research for Public Citizen, on the current state of affairs at the Food and Drug Administration.

Earlier this summer, ProPublica published a damning look at the agency responsible ...

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60 Minutes Airs Damning Evidence Against Boston Scientific in Piece on Mesh Claims

60 Minutes airs damaging report on Boston ScienticWith over 100,000 pelvic and other gynecological mesh cases pending in courts around the country, one question that has been on everyone’s mind is much closer to an answer thanks to some investigative reporting that aired earlier this month on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

The question is a simple, yet far-reaching one: what could possibly have gone so wrong with these devices as to cause this level of ...

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