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Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Settlement Over Alleged Deception in Hip Implant Marketing

Bloomberg News reports that Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay Oregon $4 million to “resolve deceptive marketing claims over recalled metal-on-metal hip implants,” thereby marking the company’s “first accord with any governmental unit involving the devices.” The company has recalled … Continue reading

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Questions Raised Over Data Cited in Approval of Painkiller

The Wall Street Journal reports that some are questioning whether the FDA relied on inflated numbers of people suffering from chronic pain to justify its move to approve the opioid painkiller Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate). The piece notes that FDA chief Margaret Hamburg … Continue reading

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Dietary Supplement Recalled Over Presence of Cholesterol Medicine

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Doctor’s Best, which makes vitamin supplements, is “recalling more than 7,300 bottles of its ‘Best Red Yeast Rice’” product after FDA tests found it contained cholesterol-lowering medication lovastatin. The paper noted that the supplement, “marketed for heart … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people … Continue reading

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Patient and Family Engagement—Informed Consent

This good information comes from Thomas A. Sharon, R.N., M.P.H. First, there must be a mandate for health care providers to include patients and their family members or significant others as partners in the decision making process. There is no one … Continue reading

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America’s Growing Hospice Crisis

Here are excerpts from a troubling article in the Huffington Post about hospice care and the lack of government inspections. The U.S. hospice industry is booming. Government data shows that in 2014, nearly half of all Medicare patients who die will do … Continue reading

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FDA Says Testosterone Products Can Cause Blood Clots

NBC Nightly News broadcast that the FDA has “issued a new warning about the risk of life-threatening side effects from” prescription testosterone treatments. The Boston Globe reported that the agency “has told manufacturers of” these products “that they need to add a warning … Continue reading

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Dialysis Drug Recalled in Wake of Patient Death

The Tennessean reports that the US Food and Drug Administration issued a notice that a “Fresenius solution used in hemodialysis machines has been recalled because of concerns over bacteria contamination following a patient death.” According to the agency, it has received “one … Continue reading

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FDA Urges Curbs on Use of Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks

NBC Nightly News reported in its broadcast on the dangers of indiscriminate use of aspirin, saying, “Tonight the FDA is warning that a daily dose is not for everyone, and taking aspirin needlessly may actually put them at significant risk.” The … Continue reading

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U.S. Soldier’s Appeal on Murder Conviction Carries Questions About Chantix

Two reports examine what role the stop-smoking drug Chantix may have played in the case of an Army soldier convicted of murdering a fellow soldier in 2008. McClatchy reports that Army Pfc. George D.B. MacDonald “claimed his mind snapped after using the … Continue reading

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