Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Healthcare Firm Recalls Some Infusion Pumps

Reuters reported, citing the FDA, that Baxter Healthcare Corp. has issued a recall for some of its Sigma Spectrum infusion pumps in the wake of more than 3,500 reports related to its malfunctioning. The pumps help deliver medicine and other fluids. … Continue reading

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Group Requests FDA to Revoke Approval of Opioid Painkiller

Modern Healthcare reported that a “collective of anti-substance abuse advocates and physicians” are asking the FDA chief “to reconsider the agency’s approval of a prescription painkiller” that could hurt “efforts to stop the current epidemic of overdoses seen in recent years … Continue reading

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Patients Using Heart Device Issued Warning After Four Others Died

Bloomberg News reported Thoratec Corp. issued a warning to patients about “the use of the pocket controller for its mini heart pump after four patients died and five others were injured.” Bloomberg noted the warning “includes new information and labeling for … Continue reading

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Healthcare Coalition Urges FDA to Revoke Approval of New Opioid Painkiller

News that a coalition of healthcare professionals and addiction experts are urging the FDA to revoke approval of an opioid painkiller, Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate), received wide media coverage. The coalition members are concerned the painkiller, manufactured by Zogenix Inc., could … Continue reading

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FDA Renews Call to Stop Prescribing Extra-Strength Acetaminophen

The Los Angeles Times reported the FDA followed up on its earlier warning in January that “physicians should stop prescribing” extra-strength acetaminophen, or dosages greater than 325 mg. The paper noted that acetaminophen overdose “is now the second most common cause of … Continue reading

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FDA Inspectors Found Safety Violations in Sun Pharmaceutical’s India Plant

Bloomberg News reported FDA inspectors who visited a Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s medicine plant in India before it “was banned last month from exporting” to the US “saw testing flaws, a garbage pileup, and a laboratory they called ‘un-cleanable.’” Bloomberg noted … Continue reading

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Statin Users Eating More Bad Food Than a Decade Ago, Study Shows

Heathday reports that cholesterol-lowering drugs may actually be prompting us to eat more unhealthy foods than if we weren’t taking the drugs. I guess this shouldn’t be surprising. If we can just take a pill to keep our cholesterol at … Continue reading

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FDA Finds No Evidence of Link Between Diabetes Medicines and Cancer

The AP reported patients taking Januvia (sitagliptin), Byetta (exenatide) or “certain other widely prescribed medicines for diabetes can breathe a little easier” – FDA and European “regulators have found no compelling evidence of a link between these drugs and pancreas problems or … Continue reading

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Injuries Due to Implants of Spinal-Cord Simulators Discussed

The Wall Street Journal reported on the issue of paralysis associated with implants of spinal-cord stimulator in patients’ backs. The paper noted more than 100 patients have suffered partial or permanent paralysis in recent years following the procedure to implant the stimulator, … Continue reading

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Problem of Counterfeit Medicines Highlighted

Vox reported on the growing problem of counterfeit medicines, pointing out that due to the “international nature of the pharmaceutical trade, counterfeit drugs have been increasingly showing up in the US market.” The article noted that in the US, most counterfeits … Continue reading

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