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Michigan toddler dies after contracting enterovirus D68

A Michigan toddler has died from complications of enterovirus D68 in an outbreak that spans more than 40 states, where it has sickened about 500 people, killing at least five and causing paralysis in dozens. Enterovirus is in a family of viruses that includes poliovirus and rhinovirus. People infected with enterovirus display symptoms similar to those of the common cold – fever, sneezing, running nose and coughing – which can progress to a serious respiratory illness. The virus is common and most of the estimated 10 to 15 million people in the United States who become infected recover without treatment. ... Read More

DOJ seeks to shut down operations at pharmaceutical supply company after reports of infection

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving to shut down Pharmaceutical Innovations, a Newark, N.J.-based company blamed for producing ultrasound gel that caused infections in 16 patients. The DOJ, working on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), filed a complaint against the company and its president and owner, Gilbert Buchalter, seeking an injunction to halt operations at the plant until it resolves violations to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The DOJ claims the company produced the gel used in ultrasound tests without following proper manufacturing practices, failed to obtain proper approval before distributing its products, and ... Read More

First deaths linked to enterovirus; five children infected in Alabama

At least four people have died after contracting enterovirus 68, a severe respiratory illness that has spread to more than 40 states, sickened at least 472 people and caused neurological symptoms in dozens. The illness is most dangerous to children, especially those with asthma. Enterovirus 68 typically resembles the common cold with symptoms such as fever, sneezing, running nose and coughing. A handful of patients have reported polio-like symptoms with muscle weakness in the arms, shoulders, hips and facial muscles. Doctors do not yet know whether the paralysis is permanent. The first cases of enterovirus 68 were seen in August ... Read More

Another transvaginal mesh trial is underway in West Virginia

Another trial is underway in Charleston, W.Va., alleging defectively designed transvaginal mesh products caused serious injuries. The federal lawsuit was filed by Jo Huskey and her husband Allen against Ethicon Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Transvaginal mesh, also referred to as vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have prolapsed out of place, putting pressure in the pelvic cavity and causing symptoms such as pain, discomfort and incontinence. The mesh has ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue three years after FDA warning

It has been three years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication warning the public that complications with transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence were not uncommon and could be chronic or life threatening. Since then, lawsuits against manufacturers of the devices have grown exponentially. Trasvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh that is inserted through the vagina to support organs that have dropped due to age, childbirth, obesity or other conditions. The mesh is ... Read More

Niacin with statin medications linked to serious side effects

Niacin offers no benefits to patients with heart disease and can cause serious side effects including diabetes, infections, and stomach ulcers, new research has found. Niacin is a type of B vitamin that has long been prescribed to increase HDL, or “good,” cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular risk. It is often prescribed in combination with cholesterol-lowering statin medications such as Lipitor or Crestor. Recent studies have questioned the safety and effectiveness of the drug, resulting in fewer prescriptions. The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, raises serious safety concerns with the drug. The four-year study involved more ... Read More

New Zealand woman demands inquiry into safety of transvaginal mesh

Jen Branje, 45, is petitioning Parliament in New Zealand to investigate injuries caused by transvaginal mesh, claiming the mesh is dangerous and should be banned until an inquiry examines serious risks associated with the devices. Transvaginal mesh, also called vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders in women, such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation in which the agency found that complications with the device were not uncommon and ... Read More

Medtronic recalls drainage and monitoring system due to potentially dangerous defect

Medtronic is recalling its Duet External Drainage and Monitoring System, a device that externally drains and monitors cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and monitors intracranial pressure (ICP), because the patient tubing line may separate from the patient line connectors. This is more likely to occur during frequent handling, such as when injections or sampling is needed. This defect could cause air in the skull, a condition known as pneumocephalus; infections such as meningitis, ventriculitis, or encephalitis; and over or under drainage of the cerebrospinal fluid that could lead to serious adverse health consequences, including death. To date, there have been no reports ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken plant issues first recall in salmonella outbreak

Foster Farms, the poultry processing plant that distributed chicken contaminated with salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people in the past 16 months, has issued its first recall of the products. Packages of Foster Farms chicken affected by the recall have a “use or freeze by” date ranging from March 21 to March 29, and are imprinted with plant codes P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632. Though the meat has sickened more than 500 people across 25 states and Puerto Rico, the recall was initiated because of one single illness – that of a 10-year-old California boy who had to be hospitalized. Salmonella ... Read More

Compounding pharmacy agrees to pay $100 million to victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

The compounding pharmacy that manufactured contaminated steroid shots that caused the 2012 multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak sickening at least 750 people and killing 64 has agreed to pay more than $100 million to settle claims from victims and their surviving family members. However, when and how the money will be distributed to those infected in the outbreak is still yet to be determined. About 18,000 contaminated steroid shots manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC) were distributed to medical facilities in 23 states. An estimated 14,000 people received the tainted shots, which were used to treat back, neck and joint ... Read More