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Hospira recalls injectable anesthetic Lidocaine due to particles floating in solution

Hospira, Inc., is recalling one lot of its injectable drug Lidocaine because of a confirmed report of discolored solution with visible particles floating in it as well as particulate embedded in the molded glass container. Hospira has identified the particulate as iron oxide, and said it is due to a supplier’s glass defect. Hospira is working with its supplier on implementing corrective and preventative actions. To date, no adverse events have been reported related to this recall, however if patients are injected with the particles – depending on the particle size and number – it could block administration of the ... Read More

Hospira recalls more vials of anesthetic Lidocaine due to contamination

Hospira has had its share of recalls during 2013 due to quality control issues with its injectable drugs. Once again, with just a week left in the calendar year, the pharmaceutical company has ordered another recall. The latest action involves one lot of Lidocaine HCl Injection, USP, 2%, 5mL Single-Dose Vials, due to a “reddish orange particulate on the inner surface and floating in the solution.” Lidocaine is a common local anesthetic and antiarrhythmic drug. The medication is given before and during surgery, childbirth, or dental work. It also treats emergency heart rhythm problems. It is available in different formulations, ... Read More

Childbirth a leading cause of pelvic organ prolapse

Women who give birth vaginally are more likely to develop pelvic organ prolapse during the first year after childbirth than women who have cesarean sections, according to a study published online in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers noted that during the labor and delivery process, the pelvic floor relaxes but does not recover its former support during the year after birth. This relaxing of the pelvic muscles does not occur in women who do not labor and have C-sections. Women who labor but ultimately have a C-section are still at risk for pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ ... Read More

New device works to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, reduce urinary incontinence

The Medical College of Wisconsin is conducting clinical trials on InTone, a new FDA-approved medical device that treats female urinary incontinence. The 12-week study will evaluate the effectiveness of the device in women with stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, or a combination of both stress and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence is the leaking of urine that occurs when the bladder experiences stress from coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercise. Urge incontinence is a strong, sudden need to urinate as a result of bladder spams or contractions. In most cases, these types of urinary incontinence are caused by poor muscle tone in ... Read More

Younger women experience urinary incontinence, too

Most people assume that urinary incontinence is something that affects mostly older women or women who have undergone childbirth, but a new study suggests that young women and women who have never been pregnant suffer from the condition as well. They’re just less apt to talk about it. For the study, researchers asked just more than 1,000 women aged 16 to 22 to complete questionnaires about urinary incontinence during routine activities or sports, psychological well-being, physical activity, and health. Unlike previous studies, age, weight, physical activity, or past urinary tract infections had no bearing on whether a woman reported urinary ... 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

Childbirth drug adds new warnings to safety label

Cervidil, a vaginal insert used to speed childbirth in women who are near term for labor, carries a new safety label warning stating an increased risk of life-threatening complications, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety labeling update. Cervidil is used to “ripen” or thin and soften the cervix in women who are at or near term for labor or when there is a need to induce labor. It is a small rectangular pouch with a retrieval cord that is inserted into the vagina by a doctor or clinician. Cervidil contains the medication dinoprostone, a prostaglandin, which are ... Read More

Mothers-to-be should weigh risks of antidepressants during pregnancy

Years ago, it was thought that pregnancy protected women from depression, but researchers have since learned that being pregnant and recent childbirth may actually contribute to a woman’s depression, filling her with a range of emotions that make dealing with the symptoms of the condition even more difficult. According to the Mayo Clinic, an estimated 10 percent of women experience depression during pregnancy. Seeking help from a health care provider is vital not only to the mother, but to her unborn child. Depressed mothers-to-be may not have the energy to take care of themselves or seek optimal prenatal care. She ... Read More