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Mirena IUD may cause serious organ perforation

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are small T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. While the devices are considered highly effective contraceptives, they can cause serious adverse effects, such as uterine perforation. An estimated 2 in 1,000 women who use IUDs experience uterine perforation. It is a life-threatening side effect that requires emergency surgery and could result in infertility, infection, hemorrhage and sepsis. Uterine perforation occurs when the IUD punctures the uterus, usually during insertion. Sometimes, however, the device can migrate deeper into the uterus and end up in the abdominal cavity where it can puncture the ... Read More

Woman blames type 2 diabetes drug Actos for strokes

Captolar Dixon is suing the makers of her diabetes medication, claiming the drug caused her to suffer three strokes during a 10-year period. Dixon filed the lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Takeda Global Research & Development Center Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals LLC, Takeda San Diego Inc., and Takeda International Inc. Eli Lilly and Company are also named as a defendant. Dixon was prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Actos, which she took regularly from 1999 until 2011. She suffered strokes in January 2001, August 2010, and September 2011. She says her strokes were caused ... Read More

Plaintiff seeks $10 million for transvaginal mesh injuries

A surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) using transvaginal mesh sold by Bard Healthcare allegedly led to serious injury and pain for one Illinois woman, who is now suing the manufacturer for damages totaling nearly $10 million. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was fitted with the Pelvitex polypropylene vaginal mesh system in 2005. Like many vaginal mesh recipients, the plaintiff suffered from a condition that occurs when weakened ligaments and muscles cause some pelvic organs, such as the uterus and bladder, to drop and protrude through the vagina. POP is usually attributed to childbirth, menopause, and hysterectomy. Transvaginal ... Read More

Researchers to test bladder sling for men

Researchers are trying to determine whether inserting a surgical mesh sling in men undergoing radical prostate surgery for prostate cancer will help with incontinence issues. The biodegradable “sling” would be inserted during robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery and support the neck of the bladder and uretha after removal of the prostate gland. The study, conducted by researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine, will assess urinary problems in patients following a complete removal of the prostate due to cancer. Half of the men in the study will receive one of the slings, while the others will receive current standard care without ... Read More

FDA approves generic versions of antibiotic linked to serious illnesses

The Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first generic versions of the antibiotic Levaquin despite new reports that the drug has caused serious illnesses. Levaquin, known generically as levofloxacin, is in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or quinolones. They are the most popular antibacterial drugs on the market and are used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia. They also are approved for infections of the skin, sinuses, kidney, bladder and prostate. While useful, some doctors say the drug may be over-prescribed and may cause more problems than the condition it is treating. Jenne Wilcox ... Read More