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.

Defective tracheostomy tube set recalled


Medical device company Teleflex is recalling the Willy Rusch Tracheostomy Tube Set because the connector may disconnect from the tracheostomy tube during use on a ventilated patient. If this occurs, patients could be deprived of adequate ventilation and would require medical intervention to change the tracheostomy tube. This recall is listed as a Class I, meaning that use may cause serious adverse health consequences, including oxygen deprivation, brain damage, and death. The recall involves the following lot numbers: 15451, 15291, 15331, 15371, 15501, 15261, 15391, 15421, 15461, 15491, with product codes: 120502-000030, 120502-000040, 120502-000050, 120502-000060, 858121-000050, 858121-000060. Affected devices were ... Read More

Sales of testosterone gels, creams expected to slow over next eight years

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Several top-performing testosterone replacement therapies will be losing their patents in the next few years, opening the door for less expensive generics and cutting into brand-name drug profits, according to a study conducted by Transparency Market Research. The study divided testosterone treatments into specific types – topical creams and gels, transdermal patches, injections, gum/buccal adhesives, implants, and oral drug forms. Creams and gels led the global market, particularly brands such as AndroGel by AbbVie, Axiron from Eli Lilly and Company, and Testim by Endo Pharmaceuticals. The creams and gels soared in sales in part because consumers found them easier to ... Read More

Distributor gets time in prison for pushing dangerous diet pills

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A man selling dietary supplements and weight loss pills was sentenced to 11 months in federal prison plus two years of supervised release for pushing capsules that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said were misbranded and contained heart-harming and cancer-causing ingredients. U.S. Chief District Judge Laurie Smith Camp issued the order on Paul D. Martin, of Kearney, Neb., owner of Slim Beauty USA. He reportedly sold the offending producs, Dr. Ming’s Chinese Capsule, Magic Slim and Dream Body Slimming Capsules, at his Slim Beauty USA business, online at, and on eBay. In 2014, the FDA sent Camp a ... Read More

FDA proposes withdrawing two generic versions of ADHD med Concerta


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking the manufacturers of two generic versions of the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Concerta to withdraw their products from the market. The FDA claims the companies, Mallinckrodt and UCB/Kremers (formerly Kudco) failed to demonstrate their generic drugs were bioequivalent to the brand-name product. In November 2013, the FDA raised concerns about the therapeutic equivalence of the two generic versions of Concerta. The agency analyzed adverse event reports, internal FDA re-examination of previously submitted data, and FDA laboratory tests and determined that the generic versions may not produce the same therapeutic benefit for ... Read More

Nursing homes that do harm no longer protected by binding arbitration clauses

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Robert Rood was 10 when he became quadriplegic and needed a ventilator to breathe after being hit by a truck. His mother, Julia Rood, cared for him in her home, but in 2011 she had him admitted to Holly Lane nursing home in Idaho. “It was pretty good for a year,” she told the Idaho Statesman. “And then he suffered acute lung failure there in 2013.” Robert was hospitalized, then sent home and to other facilities before returning to Holly Lane. That’s when things went from bad to worse. “He was hospitalized four times in six weeks. He suffered a lung ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson profits soar despite Risperdal lawsuits


New product launches and strong pharmaceutical sales have propelled Johnson & Johnson’s third-quarter net earnings to $4.3 billion on revenue of $17.8 billion. “With a number of regulatory approvals, several new drug application submissions and new breakthrough therapy designations from the FDA, we are increasingly confident in our pipeline expectation of filing 10 new pharmaceutical products between 2015 and 2019, each with revenue potential over $1 billion,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. “Our broad-based business model, strategic investments and talented colleagues position us well for continued leadership in health care.” The company, which sells everything ... Read More

FDA chides Iowa farmer selling medicated cattle for slaughter

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped Iowa-based Lorch Farms, Inc., with a warning letter over the slaughter of a steer that the agency said was adulterated under the terms of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the Act) because an analysis found the slaughtered animal had excessive levels of the antibiotic desfuroylceftiofur in the edible tissue offered for sale. The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship while representing the FDA. “Our investigation also found you hold your cattle under conditions that are so inadequate that medicated cattle bearing potentially harmful drug residues are ... Read More

1 in 5 cases of liver toxicity caused by dietary supplements

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One in five cases of liver toxicity in the U.S. is cased by herbal and dietary supplements (HDS), according to new research published in the journal Hematology. Anabolic steroids, green tea extract, and multi-ingredient nutritional supplements are the biggest culprits. Anabolic steroids, marketed as bodybuilding supplements, can induce a prolonged cholestatic, self-limiting liver injury characterized by a distinctive biochemical and histological phenotype. Green tea extracts and other products can cause an acute hepatitis-like injury. Multi-ingredient nutritional supplements are the biggest offender, accounting for most cases of herbal and dietary supplement-associated liver injury because the agent is often unknown or can only ... Read More

Medtronic recalls neurovascular devices for potential defects


Medtronic plc is recalling certain lots of its Pipeline embolization device, Alligator retrieval device and X-Celerator hydrophilic guidewire. The recall also includes the stylet containing UltraFlow flow directed micro catheters and Marathon flow directed micro catheters. These products are produced, marketed and sold by Medtronic’s Neurovascular business, which is part of the Brain Therapies division in the company’s Restorative Therapies Group. The recall was initiated because there is potential for the separation and detachment of the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating on the parts of these devices. Should the PTFE separate from the delivery wire or stylets, PTFE particulate could enter the ... Read More

Janssen tries to dodge $70 million Risperdal judgment


Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals is desperately trying to skirt a landmark $70 million judgment over claims that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal disfigured a Tennessee boy. The drug company is questioning sufficiency of evidence on numerous issues and arguing that the court improperly limited its ability to tell the jury about the benefits of the drug. Janssen also contends that the court should have applied a $750,000 cap on damages in the case. In July, a Philadelphia jury slapped Janssen with the $70 million verdict in a lawsuit that alleged the company did not adequately warn of side effects, specifically ... Read More