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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Talon Compounding Pharmacy recalls hormone products over sterility concerns

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Talon Compounding Pharmacy (TCP) is recalling all lots of lyophilized HCG and sermorelin aseptically compounded and packaged by TCP due to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerns that the products are not sterile. Administration of a sterile drug product that has been compromised can result in health hazards including risk of serious infection or other complications. The products were distributed to patients and providers nationwide between Jan. 18 and July 18, 2016. Lyophilized HCG (human chorinoc gonadotropin) is a freeze-dried hormone produced by the human placenta. It is used to for prepubertal cryptorchidism, or a birth defect in which there ... Read More

NYC reports first-ever woman-to-man Zika transmission

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New York City health officials have identified the first suspected woman-to-man sexual transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The unnamed woman “engaged in a single event of condomless vaginal intercourse with a male partner the day she returned to NYC from travel to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission,” said Alexander Davidson with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. At the time, the woman was showing symptoms of Zika infection. A week later, the man she had intercourse with was also diagnosed with Zika and exhibiting symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Researchers determined ... Read More

Contaminated stool softener recalled after reports of bacterial infections

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PharmaTech LLC is recalling all unexpired lots of Diocto Liquid, a docusate sodium stool softener distributed by Rugby Laboratories after testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the solution was contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria linked to an outbreak of infections in patients in five states. B. cepacia bacteria can cause potentially serious respiratory infections, especially in patients with cystic fibrosis. Docusate sodium is a stool softener that makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass. The solution is used to treat or prevent constipation and to reduce pain or rectal damage caused by hard stools or by ... Read More

More research needed to investigate side effects with newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs

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More research should be conducted on a newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs to better understand side effects such as diabetic ketoacidosis and bone fractures, and to determine if the risks are drug-specific or spread among all treatments in the class, said Rodica Busui, MD, PhD, with the University of Michigan Health System. Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are a new type of type 2 diabetes treatment that lower blood sugar by blocking the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys and increase the excretion of glucose through the urine. Brand names include Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Xigduo and Jardiance. The first ... Read More

Young man files Risperdal lawsuit after growing female breasts

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Shaquil Byrd’s childhood was difficult enough, with a mental condition that required antipsychotic medication. At age 10, things got increasingly worse when he grew female breasts. He dealt with constant teasing from his classmates. “I was going to war to protect myself from the things people would say to me,” he said. His mother, Eugenia Jordan, says her son’s tender and lactating breasts robbed him of a normal childhood. “He did a lot of crying. He was very uncomfortable around other people,” she said. When she and Shaquil, now 22, learned that his condition, called gynecomastia, was possibly caused by ... Read More

FDA opens investigation into WEN by Chaz Dean cleansing products

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into reports of hair loss, hair breakage, blading, itching, and rash associated with the use of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Condition products after receiving 127 adverse event reports directly from consumers as of July 7, 2016 – the largest number of complaints ever received by the agency associated with any cosmetic hair cleansing product. The agency is also looking into more than 21,000 complaints reported directly to Chaz Dean Inc. and Guthy Renker LLC that the FDA learned of during inspections of manufacturing and distribution facilities. As the FDA ... Read More

Dietary supplements may worsen symptoms of heart failure

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People should be vigilant about telling their doctors about every medicine or vitamin they are taking because the products they are taking may cause or worsen heart failure, the American Heart Association (AHA) advised in a new scientific statement. The average heart failure patient takes an average of seven prescriptions a day. More than a third also take herbal or dietary supplements. “When a patient takes at least four medications the risk for a drug-drug interaction increases to 38 percent; this number increases to 82 percent when patients are taking seven or more medications, which many patients with heart failure ... Read More

DOJ shutters Canton Foods over manufacturing facility’s unsanitary conditions

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has entered a permanent injunction against Kwong Tung Foods Inc., doing business as Canton Foods, and its owner Kwong “Victor” C. Wang and vice president Juney H. Wang, for significant and ongoing violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act. The company, based in Minneapolis, Minn., sells rice and wheat noodles, and mung bean and soy bean sprouts. The DOJ alleges that Kwong Tung Foods Inc. has an extensive history of operating under unsanitary conditions in violation of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations and the FD&C Act. The Food and Drug ... Read More

FDA sends warning letter to dietary supplement maker regarding erroneous claims

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to a dietary supplement manufacturer Mc-Cor, LLC, because its promotion of “ClucoCoR” capsules makes claims to treat type 1 and 2 diabetes and other conditions, a clear violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The product was sold on the company’s website www.metacorlic.com/en, touting claims such as: “Promote healthy glucose levels” “Promote… tissue repair” “GlucoCor is a Metabolic Corrector” “Helps maintain adequate levels of blood sugar” “Attends the biochemical origin of the disease” “Treatment for Diabetes 1 and 2 diabetes GlucoCor” “Metabolic Correction for Diabetes Type 2 ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson reaps profits from allegedly dangerous drugs

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Johnson & Johnson is swimming in profits. The company announced its 2016 second quarter results that shows sales of $18.5 billion, an increase of 3.9 percent over 2015 second quarter. “We continue to see good momentum through the first half of 2016, delivering solid results in the second quarter, supported by strong underlying growth across our enterprise,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We saw notable strength in our Pharmaceuticals business due to the continued success of new products, and also achieved significant clinical milestones, advancing our robust pipeline.” Johnson & Johnson increased its sales guidance for the ... Read More