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    • OPANA ER OPIOID PAINKILLER PULLED FROM THE MARKET

      OPANA ER OPIOID PAINKILLER PULLED FROM THE MARKET

      The maker of opioid painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because it’s being abused.  Opioid Opana ER, approved in 2006, is too risky, the FDA says.  Currently, there are no […]

    • FDA WARNS OF INACCURATE LEAD TEST RESULTS   

      FDA WARNS OF INACCURATE LEAD TEST RESULTS  

      Healthcare professionals and public health laboratories should discontinue using Magellan’s LeadCare Testing System with venous blood samples, due to concerns about inaccurately low results, said the FDA in a safety communication.  Children age 6 and under whose blood was tested […]

    • CDC WARNS OF PARASITIC INFECTION LINKED TO POOLS   

      CDC WARNS OF PARASITIC INFECTION LINKED TO POOLS  

      New data published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has revealed that at least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium (Crypto for short) linked to pools in the U.S. were reported in 2016, compared with 16 outbreaks in 2014.  Health […]

    • AAA:  MEMORIAL DAY TRAFFIC TO REACH 12-YEAR HIGH THIS WEEKEND   

      AAA:  MEMORIAL DAY TRAFFIC TO REACH 12-YEAR HIGH THIS WEEKEND  

      AAA reports that about 39.3 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend, which would create the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.  The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as between Thursday, […]

    • AGGRESSIVE TREAMENT FOR SEPSIS CAN SAVE LIVES

      AGGRESSIVE TREAMENT FOR SEPSIS CAN SAVE LIVES

      Sepsis is a general term used to characterize an immune system response to an infection.  This means that a viral, fungal, or bacterial infection of the lungs (pneumonia), kidneys, bloodstream (bacteriemia), or abdomen can lead to sepsis.  This potentially life-threatening […]

    • $20M AWARDED IN ETHICON TVT MESH LAWSUIT   

      $20M AWARDED IN ETHICON TVT MESH LAWSUIT  

      A state court jury in Philadelphia has returned a $20 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division, including punitive damages designed to punish the manufacturer over problems with the Ethicon TVT-Secur transvaginal mesh.  The 12-member jury hearing the case […]

    • TAXOTERE LAWSUITS

      TAXOTERE LAWSUITS

      Taxotere (docetaxel) is a popular chemotherapy drug manufactured and marketed by Sanofi-Aventis.  Doctors prescribe the drug to treat the majority of breast cancer cases in the U.S., and each year about 300,000 women are diagnosed with the disease.  The drug […]

    • COMMON PAINKILLERS LINKED TO SLIGHT RISE IN HEART ATTACK RISK

      COMMON PAINKILLERS LINKED TO SLIGHT RISE IN HEART ATTACK RISK

      Commonly used painkillers such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve might increase your risk for heart attack, even in the first week of use, a new study suggests.  Overall, these drugs and others known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the […]

    • FDA ADDS BOXED WARNING TO CANAGLIFLOZIN

      FDA ADDS BOXED WARNING TO CANAGLIFLOZIN

      Canagliflozin is prescribed alongside diet and exercise to help patients with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar.  It inhibits the sodium-glucose cotrasporter-2, and its effects are measured through the amount of sugar in the patient’s urine, as the drug […]

    • FDA WARNS – DON’T GIVE KIDS MEDICINE WITH CODEINE OR TRAMADOL

      FDA WARNS – DON’T GIVE KIDS MEDICINE WITH CODEINE OR TRAMADOL

      The Food and Drug Administration says medications containing codeine or tramadol should not be given to children, and warns that these drugs could cause serious risks including difficulty breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children […]