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Invokana may be to blame for recurrent bladder infections resistant to treatment


To Your Health columnist Dr. Keith Roach agreed with a reader who pointed out that type 2 diabetics who suffer from recurrent bladder infections that are resistant to treatment may want to talk with their doctors about whether their diabetes medication may be exacerbating their condition. “It is known that UTIs (urinary tract infections) can be a side effect of certain medications that work through the bladder to flush excess glucose from the system (Invokana being one example of such a medication),” the reader wrote.” “You are right that SGLT2 inhibitors, such as canagliflozin (Invokana) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga), work by ... Read More

Rapid growth in Taxotere MDL as more chemo patients learn reason for their permanent hair loss

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The Daily Hornet reports on the recent significant increase in the number of lawsuits alleging the chemotherapy drug Taxotere causes permanent hair loss. When lawsuits that had been filed across the nation against drug-maker Sanofi-Aventis were consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Eastern District of Louisiana under U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt last October, there were 33 cases. According to updates from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) in mid-December there were 267 lawsuits. A month later the number of suits had risen to 705, nearly tripling the size of the litigation. “The number of lawsuits has ... Read More

Widow recalls husband’s painful death following tainted steroid injection


When Colette Rybinski spoke in the courtroom, her voice was barely audible. She talked about her husband Tom, who at 55, died after receiving a steroid injection to relieve lower back pain at a medical clinic near his home in Tennessee. Shortly afterward, at a time when the pain should have been easing from his back, his head began to ache so badly that Colette had no choice but to seek medical attention. His meningitis diagnosis was confounding. How could he have contracted the deadly brain inflammation? For weeks, Colette watched as Tom’s health went from better to worse in ... Read More

New Xarelto lawsuit claims blood thinner caused bleeding death


The children of a Louisiana woman who allegedly bled to death after taking the blood thinner Xarelto joined a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing Xarelto makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer of failing to warn of risks associated with the drug. Terrie Toups, Duane Rochelle and Patty Buras, children of Florence Bourgeois, filed their lawsuit in Louisiana federal court, where U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon is overseeing the near-14,000 lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation against the drug companies involving bleeding risks. Xarelto, known chemically as rivaroxaban, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 and ... Read More

J&J agrees to pay $5 million over false claims with its bedtime bath products

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It took six long years, but Johnson & Johnson is finally ready to settle a class action lawsuit by a group of consumers who took issue with the company’s advertisement claims that its bedtime bath products were “clinically proven” to help babies sleep better. The consumer health care giant asked an Illinois federal judge to approve its payout of $5 million to settle the claims. The national class was certified in August and a preliminary agreement was approved by U.S. District Judge Eline Bucklo. The agreement will be final as soon as she gives the last nod. Johnson & Johnson says ... Read More

Oklahoma Truck Bed Plant Hit With Massive Fine For Unsafe working conditions

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A worker’s complaint of unsafe working conditions at a well-known Oklahoma truck bed fabricator triggered a federal inspection of the plant that uncovered two dozen safety and health violations that put employees at risk of injury and death, federal regulators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that its inspection of Madill, Okla., based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which does business as CM Trailers and CM Truck Beds, uncovered 20 serious safety violations, three repeat violations, and one willful violation. OSHA assessed fines of more than $535,000 for the violations. “CM Truck Beds has created an environment where ... Read More

Sweeteners in E-Cigarettes May Release Toxins at Same Levels as Traditional Cigarettes

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Many claim that e-cigarettes may help cigarette smokers cut back on smoking or quit altogether. However, more and more studies suggest that e-cigarettes are not as safe as manufacturers claim. E-cigarettes are devices that use heat to vaporize a liquid containing nicotine, creating a thick plume of “vapor” when exhaled. According to a recent study, sweeteners added to e-cigarette liquids may release toxins in levels as high as traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette liquids can contain ingredients such as sugar, caramel and honey, per the researchers in Tobacco Control, a BMJ journal. Breaking down these types of sweeteners using heat can produce 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and ... Read More

Baxter Healthcare To Pay $18M For Potentially Botching IV Solutions

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Baxter Healthcare Corporation has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $18 million to resolve criminal and civil liabilities stemming from its failure to follow Good Manufacturing Practices when manufacturing sterile drug products at one of its U.S. manufacturing facilities. The settlement, announced by the U.S. Department of Justice Jan.12, includes a deferred prosecution agreement, penalties, and forfeiture totaling $16 million and a civil settlement resolving a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit totaling approximately $2.158 million. According to the court documents, the U.S. alleged that Baxter’s Marion, N.C., manufacturing facility introduced adulterated drugs into the U.S. market because it failed to ... Read More

Generic version of narcolepsy drug now available


A generic version of the narcolepsy treatment Xyrem has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but is subject to strict safety controls over prescribing and dispensing due to the risks it poses to patients. Xyrem Oral Solution contains the active ingredient sodium oxybate and is intended to treat excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy, a potentially debilitating disease, and cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy in which strong emotion or laughter causes a person to suffer sudden physical collapse though remaining conscious. About 70 percent of people with narcolepsy have cataplexy. Sodium oxybate is the only medication ... Read More

Kids returning to school after concussions often have vision problems

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Children who suffer concussions often experience vision problems, which, if not identified, can affect their academic performance in school, according to a cross-sectional cohort study published in the American Academy of Optometry’s journal Optometry and Vision Science. Researchers, led by Mark. W. Swanson, OD, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, analyzed records from January 2007 to October 2013 for 276 Alabama children who suffered concussions and experienced at least three concussion-related symptoms for at least 10 days. Nearly 30 percent reported academic problems following their head injury, which were primarily attributed to vision problems, hearing disturbances, and trouble concentrating. The ... Read More