Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Most Pharmaceutical Executives Against FDA Approving Drugs Solely on Their Safety

Business Insider reports the Food and Drug Administration is “headed for a major revamp under the Trump presidency.” The article reports that “the response from industry executives and experts has been against cutting regulations that would make the FDA approve drugs … Continue reading

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St. Jude Suspends Pacemaker Implants Over Battery and Data Issues

Reuters reported St. Jude Medical Inc. “said it has notified doctors to stop implants of” its Nanostim leadless cardiac pacemaker (LCP), “citing reports of problems with electronic data reporting caused by a battery malfunction that could put patients at risk.” While … Continue reading

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Congressman Asks Prosecutors to Investigate Olympus Over Scope Infections

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) “is calling for Japanese prosecutors to investigate Olympus Corp. for not warning American hospitals that its medical scope was transferring lethal bacteria to patients.” In a letter, Lieu “asked Secretary of State … Continue reading

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Heart Surgery Device Tied to Deadly Infections

Kaiser Health News reports on mycobacterial infections acquired by some heart surgery patients that involved the Sorin 3T heater-cooler device. Kaiser reports that regulators knew of the association for 14 months before issuing guidance to hospitals and patients. While “about 60 … Continue reading

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Survey Finds 18% of People Who Use Over-The-Counter Sleeping Pills Do So Daily

The NBC Nightly News broadcast reported “18 percent of people who say they have taken over-the-counter sleep aids in the past year did so on daily basis,” according to a survey by Consumer Reports. Doctors say that the medicines – which often … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Accuses Three Drugmakers of Conspiring to Increase Insulin Prices

The New York Times  reports a lawsuit was filed against Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi, accusing them of “conspiring to drive up the prices” of insulin. The three drugmakers have allegedly been “raising the list prices of their products in … Continue reading

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Insulin Prices Have Risen About 400% Over The Last 10 Years

NBC Nightly News reported on “outrage over the soaring cost of” insulin, which “has risen some 400 percent in the last decade, although the drug has been around for nearly 100 years.” NBC News correspondent Jo Ling Kent explained that the … Continue reading

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St. Jude Warns Implanted Defibrillators Could Stop Working Due to Faulty Battery

The Wall Street Journal reports that St. Jude Medical warned that a battery defect could lead hundreds of thousands of its implanted defibrillators to rapidly lose power and stop working. Thus far, two deaths have been linked to the problem. According to … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Label of MS Drug to Include Warning of Potential Liver Injury

Reuters reports the Food and Drug Administration has updated the prescription label for Biogen’s Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) “to include a warning of potential liver injury that could require hospitalization.” The updated label clarifies that “signs of liver injury resolved when those … Continue reading

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Clinical Trials “Systematically Understated” Potential Harms of Weight-Loss Drug, Researchers Say

STAT reports that a new analysis published in PLOS Medicine found that the weight-loss drug Alli (orlistat) “has been propped up by problematic clinical studies that ‘systematically understated’ the drug’s potential harms.” According to researchers “who reviewed data summaries and published journal articles,” … Continue reading

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