Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

FDA Says It Will Be More Aggressive In Warning About Possible Medical Device Risks

STAT reports that the Food and Drug Administration “said that it plans to take a far more aggressive stance in reporting on possible medical device hazards, in some cases issuing early warnings about safety risks even before those concerns have been … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Graphic Images on Cigarette Warning Labels May be More Effective Than Text

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a combined study administered by the University of Pennsylvania and the Ohio State University revealed Food and Drug Administration-proposed emotional graphic images on cigarette labels may cause people who smoke to “feel more negative about smoking,” according to … Continue reading

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GSK Recalls Nearly 130,000 Inhalers

Fierce Pharma Manufacturing reports that GlaxoSmithKline has recalled 128,704 Ventolin HFA inhalers “because some canisters may not contain sufficient propellant to deliver the 200 doses that its label said it can provide through the end of its shelf life.” The inhalers … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Companies Increasingly Offer Discounts for Patients’ Medical Data

Politico reports that pharmaceutical companies “are increasingly offering price discounts and subsidies to patients in exchange for their medical data.” While the data can help companies track how a drug is performing and help them better market it to consumers, patient … Continue reading

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Even After Overdoses, More Than 90% of Patients Continued to Refill Opioid Prescriptions

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” that “even after overdosing on opioid medications, more than nine out of 10 patients continued to get prescriptions for the powerful” pain medicines, a study published online Dec. 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine indicated. … Continue reading

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One in Five West Virginia Adults Have Tried E-Cigarettes

The Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health’s 2014 Adult Tobacco Survey found that nearly one if five West Virginia adults have tried e-cigarettes with more than 60 percent of those individuals being current smokers and more … Continue reading

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Company’s Silence on Medical Device Spread Deadly Infection

In a nearly 2,400-word analysis, the Los Angeles Times examined how “even as patients died and others were put at risk,” Olympus Corp. “continued to sell” its flawed duodenoscopes “and failed to warn US hospitals that the scopes were tied to dangerous … Continue reading

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FDA Concludes Laboratory-Developed Tests Have Harmed Patients Due To Inaccuracies

The New York Times reports that a Food and Drug Administration report issued to Congress concludes that “patients have been demonstrably harmed or may have been harmed by [laboratory-developed] tests that did not meet F.D.A. requirements.” The agency’s findings “come at a … Continue reading

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Safety and Content of E-Cigarette Liquid Examined

Wired reported on the contents of e-cigarette solutions and explained that they contain water, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavoring. Wired pointed out that many proponents “are quick to assert that their flavorings are food-grade and recognized as safe by … Continue reading

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Medical Device Makers Granted Expedited FDA Approval Often Fail to Conduct Follow-Up Research.

Forbes contributor Peter Ubel wrote about a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found medical device manufacturers are failing to fulfill their obligation to collect data on safety and effectiveness of their products after they are granted marketing … Continue reading

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