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Law & Order actress removes breast implants after nasty infections

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress Stephanie March decided to get breast implants to boost her spirits during the breakup of her marriage to celebrity chef Bobby Flay and after losing weight and not liking what she saw. The actress got breast implants in August 2014 and was happy with the results. But shortly afterward she woke one morning to find one of her implants had become infected after the seams of the scar on her right breast had burst. “I raced to my surgeon’s office. He shot me full of anesthesia, deftly removed the entire implant, cleaned and ... Read More

Study: Antipsychotic use in patients with dementia presents a ‘substantial clinical risk’

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Nursing home patients with dementia in the U.K. are still being treated with antipsychotic drugs despite urging from the Department of Health years ago that the practice needed to stop because the meds were killing elderly patients, a study by five universities published in the British Medical Journal has found. The Department of Health, as part of the Government’s National Dementia Strategy (NDS), issued a report in 2009 that concluded that antipsychotics had a “substantial clinical risk” for elderly patients and that their overuse in patients with dementia “must not be allowed to continue.” However, researchers pored through data between ... Read More

UK warns that some medications can render morning after pill ineffective

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Women taking the morning after pill should be aware that the emergency contraception may not work if it is taken with other medications, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the United Kingdom warned. The emergency contraception, a combination of the active drug ingredients levonorgestrel and ulipristal, already carries a warning that the medication can interact with the herbal supplement St. John’s wort. MHRA warned that the morning after pill may also interact with medications for conditions such as epilepsy, tuberculosis, HIV and fungal infections. MHRA advises women when asking a physician, nurse or pharmacist for emergency contraception ... Read More

Recall: all sterile products compounded by Wells Pharmacy Network

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Wells Pharmacy Network is recalling all sterile human and veterinary products prepared between Feb. 22, 2016, and Sept. 14, 2016, that remain within the expiration date over concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over sterility assurance. A list of affected products and lot numbers can be found on the company’s press release. Administration of a drug product intended to be sterile that has microbial contamination may result in infections, some of which may be serious and life-threatening, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The long list of recalled products were used in a variety of indications ... Read More

Third Bellwether Trial in DePuy Pinnacle MDL to Begin Soon

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Jury selection has begun in federal court in Dallas, Texas, to prepare for the third bellwether trial in the DePuy Pinnacle multidistrict litigation (MDL) over metal-on-metal hip implants. DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, experienced a significant loss at the last bellwether trial, where the jury sided with the plaintiffs in a $500 million verdict in March. The verdict has since been reduced to $151 million to meet Texas’ statutory cap on punitive damages. After taking the blow of loss, Johnson & Johnson requested a stay in the trials so that it could appeal past trials. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade refused ... Read More

FDA approves low-dose, low-cost version of diet pill phentermine

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The prescription diet pill phentermine hydrochloride is now available in a low-cost, low-dose form that can be taken up to three times daily. The new 8 mg tablet is manufactured by KVK Tech, Inc., and will be sold under the band name Lomaira. Lomaira is indicated for weight reduction in adults with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (obese) or 27 or more (overweight) with at least one weight-related condition such as controlled high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. It is intended to be used along with regular exercise and a reduced-calorie diet. Lomaira’s 8 mg ... Read More

World, health care leaders turns attention to drug-resistant superbugs

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Public health professionals have been warning for years that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics both in humans and livestock have led to antibiotic resistance, creating a generation of superbugs that threaten public health. From 2012 to 2015, outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) were occurring in hospitals across the country. These superbugs sickened dozens of people. For some, the illness was fatal. The infections were traced to duodenoscopes, specialized endoscopes that are fed down patients’ throats to diagnose or treat conditions of the pancreas or bile duct. Duodenoscopes have crevasses that were harboring the dangerous CRE bacteria, and proper cleaning ... Read More

Lenny Lamb announces infant carrier recall due to fall hazard

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Nearly 1,5000 Buckle Onbu infant carriers are now under recall by Lenny Lamb following the discovery that the carrier’s internal stitching may be missing, thus posing a fall hazard to children. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled infant carriers were designed with the purpose of strapping the baby against the caregiver’s body near the hip. Children in the carrier must be able to sit up unassisted and is commonly used for back carry. Each carrier was woven with 100 percent cotton and sold in 83 various styles, but only one standard size. Its interior panel should be ... Read More

FDA approves extended-release version of Invokamet

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A new extended-release version of the once-daily, fixed dose combination type 2 diabetes therapy Invokamet has been cleared for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Invokamet XR is a combination of the diabetes drugs canagliflozin and metformin. It is intended as a first-line treatment as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes when treatment with the two medications is appropriate. Canagliflozin, from the drug class known as SGLT2 inhibitors, is the same active ingredient in the single-drug treatment Invokana. Invokana, Invokamet and Invokamet XR are made by Johnson ... Read More

Lower doses of newer blood thinners may reduce risk of bleeding side effects

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Lower doses of new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) reduced the risk of stroke and blood clots compared to the long-used blood thinner warfarin, a new study shows. NOACs are blood thinners in a new class known as Factor Xa inhibitors, which includes the band-name drugs Pradaxa, Xarelto and Eliquis. The medications are used to prevent strokes in patients with the common heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and to prevent blood clots in patients who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. The drugs were developed to be a more convenient alternative to ... Read More