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Hospira recall triggers more recalls


Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, has issued a recall of some of its injectable drug products in response to Hospira Inc.’s June 15 recall that disease-causing microbial growth was detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing processes raising concerns about the sterility of the products manufactured there. The products being recalled by Advanced Pharma were repackaged and/or compounded at its Houston, Texas, facility using certain Hospira products. According to Hospira, in the event that an impacted product is administered to a patient, there is a reasonable probability that the patient may experience adverse events ranging ... Read More

Petition seeks FDA warning for RLS drugs


Industry-backed research company BioMedEcon LLC petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place its strongest warnings regarding an increased risk of impulse-control disorders on a class of drugs used to treat restless leg syndrome (RLS) and Parkinson’s disease, according to Law360. The citizen petition is targeting the dopamine agonist drugs pramipexole (Mirapex), ropinirole (Requip) and rotigotine (Neupro). BioMedEcon said that it uncovered the understated risks with the drugs during research into Arbor Pharmaceuticals’ competing RLS drug Horizant, which is not a dopamine agonist. “Although our research is funded by Arbor, this sponsor has had no influence over any of ... Read More

Man blames heart attack on Low T therapy

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Tracy Garner was intrigued by advertisements for testosterone replacement therapy to boost sex drive and improve muscle mass in men with “Low T.” He asked is doctor about the hormone therapy, and in March 2013, Garner was prescribed Eli Lilly and Co.’s Axiron. A few days later, he had a heart attack. Garner is one of about 6,000 men suing manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapy, alleging the drug companies engaged in aggressive marketing of a prescription drug for off-label use – the treatment of so-called Low T, according to Law360. Testosterone treatments are intended for men with hypogonadism, a condition ... Read More

Undeclared drugs found in sexual enhancement supplements


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to purchase or use Man of Steel, Man of Steel 2, or Super Panther 7K dietary supplements marketed for sexual enhancement because the products contain hidden drug ingredients that pose a risk to human health. The products are sold online at various websites and in some retail stores. Laboratory analysis conducted by the FDA confirmed that Man of Steel and Man of Steel 2 contain sildenafil, the active drug ingredient in the prescription erectile dysfunction medication Viagra. Super Panther 7K was found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil, the active ingredient ... Read More

Hernia mesh maker Sued Over ‘Debilitating Pain’

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A Canadian woman is suing the maker of her hernia mesh device after she says she began experiencing debilitating pain, CTV News reports. Two years ago, Naomi Leichner was surgically implanted with a PerFix mesh made by Bard to repair a hernia in her groin. She says she has since suffered agonizing pain at the surgery site and n her back, as well as multiple infections. Her doctors blame the mesh. Despite the constant agony Leichner says she endures, the doctors are unable to remove the mesh because of its close proximity to her femoral artery. Attempts to remove the hernia repair device ... Read More

Lawsuit: Excessive iodine in Kelp supplement

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Progressive Laboratories Inc. was slapped with a putative class action lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois, for failing to warn consumers that one of its dietary supplements containing kelp also contained an “excessive and potentially dangerous amount of iodine,” and that the product’s label grossly understates the amount in the product, according to Law360. Progressive claims that each pill in the 100-pill bottle contains 500 micrograms of iodine. But testing performed by attorneys for lead plaintiff Michael Noonan found that the pills contained 960 micrograms of the chemical element, an amount that poses a risk to consumers, the lawsuit alleges. Small ... Read More

Women coping with baldness recount experiences

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Some beauty trendsetters such as Allure and Style Like U are making efforts to change the mindset many have towards female baldness, proclaiming “Bald is beautiful” and allowing women to tell their stories of how they grappled with fears and their own self-perception while dealing with alopecia. Some women experience temporary baldness from chemotherapy. Some of them find their hair never grows back after taking certain cancer drugs such as Taxotere, a common treatment for breast cancer, and they have to adjust to a lifetime of baldness. Others suffer from the autoimmune disease alopecia areata. It can affect people of ... Read More

Nissan brakes blamed in collision deaths

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A Nissan’s alleged brake failure is being blamed for the death of a woman and her two young children after their vehicle was struck by an SUV. At a Hollywood intersection in 2012 in Los Angeles, California, a 74-year-old man named Solomon Mathenge crashed into the side of a minivan, killing the female driver and her two daughters, ages 4 and 6. One surviving daughter had been dropped off at school earlier that morning, CVN online reports. At first, Mathenge, who was also critically injured in the crash, was charged with manslaughter for the deaths of Hilario Cruz’s wife and children. Now, ... Read More

Lawsuit Accuses Cook Medical of False Advertising

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In a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota man, Cook Medical, Inc. is accused of false advertising regarding its IVC filter. An IVC filter (or inferior vena cava filter) is a device closely resembling a spider with a retrieval hook at its apex. The legs are needle-thin and help keep the filter anchored in place inside the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The purpose of the device is to catch blood clots before they reach the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. As reported by The Daily Hornet, Richard B. from Wanamingo, Minnesota, says he was injured by the Gunther ... Read More

Food Safety: Before, During and After Bad Weather

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Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning and it will likely not be the last storm of what is expected to be a busy hurricane season. Flooding and power outages frequently accompany these bad weather events, compromising the safety of food for those in a storm’s wake. Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s panhandle who are bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Cindy may consider the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) recommendations for handling food safely following a storm or other bad weather event. Food safety during power outages: Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. ... Read More