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Research reveals Main Cause of Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis is an Unretrieved IVC Filter

Inferior vena cava thrombosis isn’t as common as deep vein thrombosis, but is equally as dangerous. It can cause a variety of symptoms, which may make it difficult to diagnose initially, but can often be detected with a CT scan. Treatment usually consists of surgical management, anticoagulation medication, and/or thrombolytic therapy. IVC blood clots can be caused by many things, such as tumors, inflammatory processes, or vessel injury due to trauma (from a car accident, for example). But the main cause of IVC thrombosis is surprising: unretrieved IVC filters. Dr. Mohamad Alkhouli from University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, told Reuters Health ... Read More

Clinical trial determines IVC Filter fails to benefit patients as anticoagulation add-on

Patients that are hospitalized for a life-threatening blood clot in the lung are at risk for symptomatic recurrent pulmonary embolism. But a recentl clinical trial indicates that when a retrievable inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) is added to anticoagulation, the risk for the recurrent pulmonary embolism isn’t reduced. IVC filters are small cage-like devices that are implanted in the vena cava, the body’s largest vein, which runs along the spine. They are designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. IVC filters have been linked to life-threatening complications including migration, fraction and perforation, leading to embolism, ... Read More

IVC filter risks may outweigh benefits in bariatric surgery patients

Patients who were implanted with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters during bariatric surgery to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs were far more likely to develop blood clots in their veins than patients undergoing bariatric surgery who did not use an IVC filter, according to data from a large bariatric surgery registry. The study, presented at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery meeting, found that venous thrombosis, or VTE, (blood clots in the veins) occurred in 1.8 percent of 1,045 patients who received the filters compared to 0.4 percent of similar patients who did not ... Read More

FDA says testosterone therapy serves little benefit to men

There is little evidence to show that testosterone replacement products serve any benefit to men, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week. Testosterone treatments are prescribed to treat low testosterone levels in men resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, muscle loss and low sex drive. Aggressive marketing campaigns from drug companies pushing testosterone products have resulted in skyrocketing prescriptions for testosterone drugs, leading some to wonder how many men are taking the drug who don’t really need it. This is especially worrisome considering two recent studies have linked testosterone supplement use to an increased risk of ... Read More

New blood clot warning added to safety labels of testosterone replacement therapies

The safety labels of testosterone replacement treatments have been updated to include warnings of an increased risk of life threatening blood clots. The update comes on the heels of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety alert notifying the public that during an ongoing investigation into cardiovascular risks with testosterone treatments, researchers uncovered a number of reports of thromboembolic events, or blood clots, in men using the hormone replacement products. The new warnings were added to the labels of the following testosterone therapies: Androderm transdermal system, AndroGel gel (1% and 1.62%), Aveed injection, Delatestryl injection, Fortesta gel, Striant buccal system, ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy injury lawsuits consolidated in federal court

Federal lawsuits against manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapies alleging the companies withheld risks associated with the products will be consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) ordered all federal lawsuits involving testosterone supplements be tried in Chicago. Consolidating the lawsuits is intended to reduce the cost of expert discovery, facilitate the establishment of a uniform pretrial approach to the cases, reduce the potential for inconsistent rulings and conserve resources, the MDL panel wrote. Testosterone replacement therapies, including the widely prescribed AndroGel, Testim and Axiron are designed to boost ... Read More

New blood clot warnings added to testosterone replacement therapies

Testosterone treatments have been linked to dangerous blood clots in the legs, adding more safety concerns to the hormone supplement currently under review for increasing the risk for strokes, heart attack and death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was ordering a new warning for deep vein thrombosis be added to the safety labels of testosterone treatments. Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. It mainly affects the large veins in the lower leg and thigh. It is a serious condition because blood clots in veins can break ... Read More

Merck offers $100 million to settle NuvaRing lawsuits

Plaintiff’s lawyers are meeting in Las Vegas this week to determine whether enough claimants opted in on a $100 million settlement offered by Merck & Co. for its contraceptive NuvaRing, which has been linked to life threatening blood clots. Under the agreement, 95 percent of the estimated 3,800 claimants must opt in. The average payment would be about $58,000, however each claim would be reviewed by attorneys using a formula that adds points based on injuries, and subtracts points for those who are smokers or who are underweight. Lawyers representing women who have filed NuvaRing lawsuits against Merck & Co. ... Read More

FDA warns about B vitamins that contain potentially dangerous steroids

Reports of muscle pain, fatigue and abnormal laboratory reports for liver and thyroid function, as well as hormonal issues have prompted a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50 dietary supplements. The agency found the over-the-counter B vitamins  contain two potentially harmful anabolic steroids – methasterone, a controlled substance, and dimethazine. The ingredients are not listed on the label and should not be in a dietary supplement. To date, the FDA has received 29 adverse incident reports associated with the use of Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, which include fatigue, muscle ... Read More

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taking blood thinners for blood clot

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is taking anticoagulants to treat a blood clot that developed after she suffered a concussion from a fall. The blood clot is in her head, but doctors say they expect her to make a full recovery.  News of Clinton’s blood clot raised obvious concerns for her health. Blood clots can be serious, especially if left untreated. Blood clots that form in the legs are called deep vein thrombosis. They can form when blood pools in the legs after periods of rest while recuperating. If blood clots in the legs break lose they can travel to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, which can be deadly. Blood clots can also form ... Read More