Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

New Data Cast Doubt on Effectiveness and Safety of Weight-Loss Drug

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” that the cardiovascular safety of the weight-loss drug Contrave (naltrexone/bupropion) “remains uncertain,” according to the halfway point results of the LIGHT trial published in JAMA. The researchers also concluded that claims that the drug significantly reduces … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Recalling All Models of its Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter

Cardiovascular Business reported that “Boston Scientific voluntarily recalled all models of its Fetch 2 aspiration catheter after receiving complaints of shaft breakage during procedures to remove small blood clots from the coronary arteries.” ACC.org reports, “The thrombectomy catheter…was manufactured between June 11, … Continue reading

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Taming Drug Prices by Pulling Back the Curtain Online

The New York Times recently published an article highlighting two smartphone apps that list actual prices of medications at pharmacies and even offer coupons for them. The clears up a big mystery about drugs. Here are excerpts: Most major pharmacies … Continue reading

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Use of Digital Medication Orders Has Reduced Errors, But Systems Fail to Flag 13% of Potentially Fatal Mistakes

USA Today summarizes a new data analytics report that found the use of digital medication orders, so-called “computerized physician order entry” (CPOE), has “dramatically reduced the number of dangerous drug errors”, but the computer systems that process these orders “still fail … Continue reading

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Cook Medical Recalls 18,000 Catheters Due to Tip Separation

Mass Device reports Cook Medical announced a recall of 360 lots of “single lumen central venous catheters, pressure monitoring sets and trays” as a result of issues with the catheter tip separating from the apparatus. The recall affects nearly 18,000 devices, … Continue reading

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CBS Investigation Says Blood Test Could Mislead Patients About Cancer Risk

On its website, CBS News reports that an investigation by “CBS News…found” Pathway Genomics’ CancerIntercept Detect and Monitor test “could give patients a false sense of security about their cancer risk.” The article points out that “the FDA sent Pathway Genomics a … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Some Diabetes Drugs Could Increase Risk of Heart Failure in Certain Patients

Newsday (NY) reports that the Food and Drug Administration “announced new warnings to be added to the labels of” diabetes drugs that contain either saxagliptin or alogliptin. According to the agency, either of the compounds can cause heart failure in certain … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Warning Letter to Ipca Laboratories for Data Manipulation and Falsification

Fierce Pharma Manufacturing reports that the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to Ipca Laboratories concerning its API plant in Ratlam, India and two formulation facilities. Fierce Pharma Marketing says the letter describes how “employees regularly deleted failed testing … Continue reading

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Supplements May Interfere With Prescription Drugs

The Wall Street Journal reports that there is increasing evidence that over-the-counter nutritional supplements may interfere with a host of prescription drugs for a variety of common conditions. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of … Continue reading

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Risk of Implant Malfunctions from Medical Scans “Extremely Low,” FDA Says

The AP reported that the risk of serious health problems in patients who have pacemakers, drug pumps and other medical devices undergoing medical scans is “extremely low” and can be minimized by lower doses of x-ray radiation, the “Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

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