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Skin reaction warning added to Excedrin Migraine over-the-counter pain reliever

Safety labels of over-the-counter pain reliever Excedrin Migraine have been updated to include a warning for serious skin reactions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Symptoms of this allergic reaction include skin reddening, blisters and rash. Consumers who use this medicine and develop a skin reaction are advised to stop use and seek medical attention right away. Excedrine Migraine contains 250 mg acetaminophen, 250 mg aspirin and 65 mg caffeine. This combination of drugs is used to treat pain caused by tension headaches, migraine headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, toothaches, the common cold, and nasal congestion. In 2013, ... Read More

Five new black box warnings added to long-acting, extended-release opioid painkillers

Five new black box warnings are being added to the safety labels of extended-release and long-acting opioid painkillers, warning that the drugs are addictive, can cause life-threatening problems, and are easily abused and misused, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Opioids are a potent class of painkillers that also give patients a feeling of euphoria, making them choice recreational drugs. The following brand-name drugs and their generic counterparts have updated labels reflecting the new warnings: Avinza (morphine sulfate) Extended-Release Capsules,
 Butrans (buprenorphine) Transdermal System, 
Dolophine (methadone hydrochloride) Tablets,
 Duragesic (fentanyl transdermal system), 
Embeda (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride) Extended-Release ... Read More

Almost 1.8 million pounds of ground beef recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

Nearly 1.8 million pounds of ground beef is being recalled because it may contain the bacteria E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. The affected products involve Wolverine Packing Co. ground beef sold for restaurant use in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The affected meat was also distributed to institutions such as the Department of Defense and the National School Lunch Program. Recalled packages are marked with the number “EST. 2574B” and have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MMDD14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.” ... Read More

Death rate, incidents of pancreatic cancer continue to climb; diabetics in high risk group

Death rates from pancreatic cancer as well as incidents of the disease continue to rise in both men and women, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Oncology. “The increased death rate is cause for concern because the prognosis for this tumor is bleak, with less than five percent of pancreatic cancer patients surviving for five years after diagnosis,” said Dr. Carlo La Vecchia, lead author of the study. Pancreatic cancer is typically diagnosed in an advanced stage, which makes it one of the more deadly forms of the disease. There are also no promising treatments ... Read More

Couple files first morcellator lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon

The first lawsuit out of what could potentially swell to a body of hundreds or more similar cases was filed against Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. Thursday by a woman who alleges the company’s morcellator tool, commonly used to remove uterine fibroid tissue and growths, caused her to develop cancer after a 2012 surgical procedure. Plaintiffs Brenda Leuzzi  and her husband George Leuzzi filed the lawsuit in a New York federal court, claiming Ethicon failed to adequately test its Morcelex tool for safety before selling its line of morcellator products. The company began selling morcellators in 1998 as ... Read More

Maker of tainted steroid shots reaches settlement agreement in meningitis outbreak case

Patients and their families harmed or killed by contaminated steroid injections made by New England Compounding Center (NECC) could start receiving compensation next year now that a $100-million multidistrict litigation (MDL) settlement has been reached between the plaintiffs and trustees of the now-bankrupt company. Tuesday’s settlement agreement came as welcome news to dozens of plaintiffs whose lives were marred by a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak traced to NECC injections that killed 64 people in 20 states and injured 750 others. “There are hundreds of victims and their families feeling some relief today, even though grief for many is still fresh,” ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson suspends uterine surgery tool amid concerns of cancer risks

Johnson & Johnson is suspending sales of its uterine surgery tool following concerns that the device can cause the spread of deadly cancer. Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon is the largest maker of power morcellators, which are devices commonly used to remove uterine growths, or fibroids. The announcement comes two weeks after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned doctors that 1 in 350 women develop a type of cancer known as uterine sarcoma after undergoing procedures with the device, which can also lessen their odds of long-term survival. Morcellators are typically used with a tube-shaped blade that grinds up and ... Read More

Doctor raises red flags regarding heart risks with testosterone therapy

Testosterone replacement therapy may sound attractive with ads promising to build muscle mass and boost libido, but Low T therapy may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, warns Dr. Joe Littlejohn, a urologist at Orlando Health. It could be deadly. If you listen to the advertisements from drug companies pushing testosterone products, such as AndroGel, Testim and Axiron, the therapy can help men feel decades younger. Though testosterone levels drop naturally as men age, these supplements can help men turn back the clock. What’s not to love? New research, however, has raised some serious red flags that ... Read More

Study links personal hygiene use of body powder to ovarian cancer

An estimated 40 percent of women use talcum powder in the genital area for personal hygiene, but the practice may be putting them at an increased risk of developing deadly ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. The journal Cancer Prevention Research recently published a study that showed regular use of talc-containing powder applied to the genital area was associated with a 24 percent increased risk of ovarian tumors. The study, conducted by researches with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed data from 8,525 women who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and an additional 9,800 women who did not ... Read More

FDA approves Bydureon Pen for type 2 diabetes treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AstraZeneca’s Bydureon Pen, a pre-filled, single-use, pen-style delivery system for the injectable type 2 diabetes drug Bydureon. Bydureon, also known as exenatide, was approved by the FDA in 2012. It is the first and only once-weekly medicine to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. The Bydureon Pen eliminates the need for the patient to transfer the medication between a vial and syringe during the self-injection process. The pen contains the same formulation and dose as the original Bydureon single-dose tray, providing the same continuous release of exenatide. Bydureon is in a class ... Read More