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Genetic test helps determine safer dosing of blood thinner

A genetic test is being used to determine the proper dosage of the blood thinner warfarin in patients at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. The medical center is one of the first in the nation to use genetic information in order to cater to individual patients’ specific dosages of a drug that ranks among the leading causes of drug-related adverse events. Warfarin is an anticoagulant that has been on the market for more than 50 years. It is used to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation ... Read More

Estrogen patches carry new warnings for cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia

Estraderm transdermal system used to treat symptoms of menopause has a new black box warning added to its safety label. The new label warns of endometrial cancer, cardiovascular disorders, breast cancer, and probable dementia. Black box warnings, or boxed warnings, are the strongest warning that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires, and signifies that medical studies indicate that the drug carries a significant risk of serious or even life-threatening adverse effects. The Estraderm (estradiol) transdermal system is a patch that is placed on the trunk of the body to deliver the hormone estrogen to treat menopause symptoms including hot flashes, vaginal dryness ... Read More

Pseudotumors a new complication with metal-on-metal hip implants

Metal-on-metal hip implants have flooded the artificial joint market in the past five years promising to be more durable than traditional ceramic or plastic implants. But the devices have created a new post-surgical complication – pseudotumors, tumor-like masses resulting from an inflammatory reaction, according to an article published in OrthoSuperSite. Metal-on-metal hip implants have become the focus of a review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the recall of a metal-on-metal artificial hip device manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The article centers on a case study of a 37-year-old woman who under went ... Read More

Metal-on-metal implants linked to pseudotumors

Metal-on-metal hip implants have flooded the artificial hip market in the past five years with claims of being more durable than traditional ceramic implants. But the devices have created a new post-surgical complication – a pseudotumor, a tumor-like mass resulting from an inflammatory reaction, according to an article published in OrthoSuperSite. Problems with metal-on-metal artificial hips aren’t new. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a review of all metal-on-metal implants due to mounting complaints. Metal-on-metal hip implants are made by 21 different manufacturers.. Problems with the metal-on-metal devices include loosening, fracturing and dislocating of the device caused ... Read More

Mother files lawsuit against Yaz on behalf of deceased daughter

It didn’t make sense to Joan Cummins of Hackettstown, N.J., that her daughter Michelle Pfleger would drop dead. The college freshman died suddenly last fall, which was later determined by medical examiners to have been caused by a pulmonary thromboemboli, or blood clots in her lungs. Cummins believes it was her daughter’s birth control pills, which she also took for the treatment of acne, that caused her death. She has filed suit against the Bayer Corp., makers of the birth control Yaz, and several of its divisions. The lawsuit was filed as part of a national class-action lawsuit against the ... Read More

Tennis star’s blood clot scare helps raise awareness

Tennis star Serena Williams has been sidelined because of pulmonary embolisms, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs. Often, pulmonary embolisms are caused by blood clots that originate in the legs and then travel up to the lungs. This type of blood clots are known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVTs. Blood clots can occur after some surgeries, when people travel long distances, or sit in cramped positions for long periods of time. It can also be caused by medications, especially birth control pills. Some oral contraceptives may carry a greater risk for blood clots. For example, Bayer, ... Read More

Mini-pill may be safer than combination birth control pills

A new study suggests that women on progestin-only birth control pills, or so-called mini-pills, are at no greater risk for developing heart disease than women not taking oral contraceptives. The finding contradicts earlier studies that suggest women on birth control pills are at greater risk for heart attacks. While the data is promising, it does not take into consideration more traditional oral contraceptives, which contain a combination of estrogen and progestin. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, included data from more than 1,800 women between the ages of 16 and 44 on birth control pills ... Read More

Doctors blame woman’s blood clots on Yaz birth control

Six months ago, Lucy* was released from the hospital. Just months after starting Yaz birth control pills, the young woman was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (PE), gallstones, and an unknown growth on her adrenal gland. “The doctors told me Yaz was the reason for the PE and that I was very lucky,” she wrote to a community board on Yaz on Medications.com. “I work in a hospital and had no knowledge of these problems until I entered the ER by ambulance on Saturday.” Perhaps Lucy was fooled by the aggressive advertising campaign launched in early the 2000s by Bayer ... Read More

Deceptive ads lead to two more lawsuits against makers of Yaz

Two more women have filed lawsuits against the makers of Yaz birth control, alleging they were seriously injured after taking the oral contraceptives. They claim had they known the dangers associated with Yaz, they would have never risked their life by taking that type of birth control pill. Amie Nardone and Lauren Powell, both of New Jersey, say Yaz caused them to suffer gallstones and a blood clot, respectively. Yaz is considered a fourth-generation birth control pill and contains a combination of hormones known as ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. Drospirenone also works as a diuretic. Since Bayer Healthcare introduced Yaz ... Read More

NJ woman files lawsuit against makers of Yaz birth control

Carole Ann Grohan says she never knew taking Yaz birth control pills could put her life at risk. Instead, the New Jersey woman bought into the flashy commercials about how the oral contraceptive helped clear complexions and protected women from the nasty side effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Carole Ann wasn’t the only woman swayed by the playful advertisements – Yaz soon became the best selling birth control pill in the nation. However, Carole Ann found out the hard way that women like her were being fooled by Bayer Healthcare, the makers of Yaz. She suffered a blood clot in ... Read More