Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Ongoing Litigation Raises Questions About Safety of Talcum Powder

The New York Times reports ongoing litigation against makers of talcum powder have renewed interest in the ongoing debate about whether or not talcum powder causes cancer. The article details the conflicting research and opinions on the matter of whether using talcum … Continue reading

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FDA Approved Several High-Risk Women’s Health Devices Without Sufficient Evidence

Fierce Medical Devices reports that several “high-risk women’s health devices were approved without proper data,” according to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers “looked at 18 high-risk devices approved by the FDA from 2000 to 2015, including those for menstrual flow … Continue reading

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National Safety Council Survey: Physicians Routinely Prescribe Dangerous Dosages of Pain Killers

HealthDay reported that, according to a National Safety Council survey, “when American doctors give their patients narcotic painkillers, 99 percent of them hand out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended three-day dosage limit.” HealthDay added, “And some doctors exceeded that limit … Continue reading

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FDA Delays Generic Drug Labeling Rule for Third Time

The New York Time reports the Food and Drug Administration will “put off until 2017 a decision about whether to require generic drug makers to take more responsibility for warning patients about the risks of their products.” The Times states that while … Continue reading

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Drugmakers Inconsistent in Reporting Side Effects to Different Regulators

STAT reports that an analysis published in BMJ Open found that drugmakers generally take an inconsistent approach to reporting side effects to different regulators. The researchers examined 12 brand-name drugs and found on average that drugmakers “filed 77 more side effects reports with … Continue reading

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Duodenoscope Treatment Linked to Infections, Deaths at University of Colorado Hospital

The Denver Post reported that nine patients treated at the University of Colorado Hospital “patients developed infections, and three of them later died, after undergoing” endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography procedures with an “Olympus Medical System Corp. duodenoscope,” a device “suspected of causing fatal … Continue reading

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Patients Often Fail to Disclose Supplement Use to Physicians, Risking Prescription Drug Complications

NBC Nightly News reported that about two-thirds of American adults “take at least one supplement every day” and “often forget to tell their” physicians “they are taking them.” Researchers “are finding many of them can interfere” with prescription drugs, “especially cancer … Continue reading

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Teleflex Recalls Catheter Kits for Heart Patients

The Wall Street Journal reported that Pennsylvania-based Teleflex Inc. recalled 47,140 medical-catheter kits used for heart patients after one death and six serious injuries. The Food and Drug Administration classified the recall as a Class I recall. Medscape also covered the story. From the … Continue reading

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Nutracenticals Gaining in Popularity Despite Questions About Safety, Effectiveness

The AP reported that “big-name beauty companies and retailers including Sephora and Urban Outfitters are rolling out pills and drinkable liquids loaded with exotic herbs, vitamins, seeds, berries and substances such as collagen” which “promise to do things such as firm up … Continue reading

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Public Citizen Files Lawsuit Against FDA for Redacting Info About Experts on Advisory Panels

STAT reports that consumer group Public Citizen has filed a lawsuit to “force the [Food and Drug Administration] to disclose more information about” the scientific and medical experts on the FDA’s advisory panels. In the lawsuit, Public Citizen alleges that “the … Continue reading

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