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Andrew D'Arcy

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 […]

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$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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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DRUG GIANT MYLAN GETS FDA WARNING LETTER

The U.S. Food  and Drug Administration has cited  local generic drug giant Mylan for “significant violations” of manufacturing regulations at a plant in Nashik, India, according to a warning letter released by the agency Tuesday.  The FDA conducted inspections at […]

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MIRENA IUD AND PSEUDOTUMOR CEREBRI RISK

The side effects of a Mirena IUD caused a Pennsylvania woman to develop severe migraine headaches, blurred vision and a host of other health problems associated with the buildup of fluid pressure around her brain, according to allegations raised in […]

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RISPERDAL  LAWSUITS

According to Johnson & Johnson’s most recent annual report, there are now 18,500 Risperdal lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the US and Canada. Risperdal (risperidone) is an  antipsychotic approved by the Food and […]

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HOMEOPATHIC TEETHING AID CONTAINS TOXIC BELLADONNA

The FDA has confirmed that certain brands of homeopathic teething tablets marketed by Hyland’s contain elevated amounts of the toxic substance belladonna and is warning consumers not to use them.  Belladonna is a potentially poisonous extract of the Deadly Nightshade […]

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WEN CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT GETS PRELIMINARY SETTLEMENT APPROVAL

A federal judge in Los Angeles gave preliminary approval to a $26.3 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit against celebrity stylist Chaz Dean and marketer Guthy-Renker over Wen hair care products.  That means some six million people may be eligible […]

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FDA RECALLS OREO FUDGE CREMES DUE TO MILK ALLERGEN

Oreo cookies are under recall nationwide because they are incorrectly labeled – the cookies might contain milk, an allergen that’s not listed among its ingredients.  The recall has been ordered for original and mint flavors of Oreo Fudge Cremes cookies.  […]