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Osteoporosis drugs may not lower breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women

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Osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates may not help prevent breast cancer in women, a new study suggests. Bisphosphonates, sold under the brand names Fosamax and Reclast, are used to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis, a disease that weakens the bones and increases the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. There is a direct link between the lack of estrogen after menopause and the development of osteoporosis. However, lower estrogen levels are also associated with a lower breast cancer risk. It was assumed after several observational studies that bisphosphonates helped protect women from breast cancer. But when researchers from University of California San ... Read More

Are testosterone-boosting drugs safe, effective in older men?

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Prescriptions for hormone treatments to treat low testosterone in men have increased nearly 90 percent during the past five years, with global sales of $1.9 billion last year alone, according to IMS Health. But are the drugs really effective for older men with low testosterone levels? Drug companies are spending millions of dollars educating men about their own version of menopause while pushing sales for their line of hormone replacement products to reverse symptoms such as low energy levels and a decrease in libido. Abbott Laboratories, makers of the prescription testosterone gel Angdrogel, is one of the leaders riding the ... Read More

Jurors award Utah woman $5.1 million in HRT-breast-cancer case

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A Utah woman was awarded $5.1 million in compensatory damages by a federal jury that found hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs caused her to develop breast cancer, and that the drug companies who developed and marketed HRT were negligent because they failed to adequately warn users of the risks associated with the menopause treatment. The plaintiff, 73-year-old Toshiko Okunda, filed her lawsuit in 2004. She had a hysterectomy in 1985 at the age of 47, and because of severe menopausal symptoms, was prescribed over the next 17 years various doses and combinations of HRT including Premarin, Provera and Prempro. In ... Read More

Poise brand launches line of products to help with menopause symptoms

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Kimberly-Clark, makers of Poise pads for incontinence, is launching a new line of products for women who are or will soon go through menopause. The line includes lubricant for vaginal dryness, panty freshener sticks and feminine wash for odor, and cooling towelettes and roll-on gel for women having hot flashes. The Poise brand was first launched in 1992, and sales of Poise products have grown steadily over the years. In 2009, the company coined the phrase “light bladder leakage,” or LBL, to avoid the negative stigma associated with the word “incontinence.” Kimberly-Clark also hired actress Kirstie Alley to front its ... Read More

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

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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

Testosterone therapy can relieve symptoms of andropause

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An estimated 20 to 30 percent of all men suffer from andropause, the male equivalent to menopause in women. It affects men in their mid 40s and older and carries symptoms such as mood swings, low sex drive and forgetfulness. But it can also lead to more serious problems, including osteoporosis. Just as women have hormone replacement therapy as a menopause treatment option, men have options, too. Testosterone therapy is the standard treatment for men who have been diagnosed with low testosterone levels. Treatments include injections or patches. The most popular treatment is a testosterone gel, which is sold under ... Read More

More men using testosterone treatments to boost libido

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Sales of testosterone drugs are skyrocketing in recent years, driving into the billions. And while the drugs help older men feel like teenagers again, some types of testosterone treatments are causing disturbing side effects for others accidentally exposed. An estimated 13.8 million men older than 45 in the United States have low levels of testosterone, which can lead to a loss in libido, a decrease in bone and muscle mass, and depression. More and more men are turning to hormone therapies to help them feel like their former selves. And they are being driven there by marketing campaigns, such as ... Read More

Plaintiff seeks $10 million for transvaginal mesh injuries

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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

Compensatory and punitive damages awarded in HRT lawsuit

Hundreds of lawsuits alleging that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals’ hormone replacement therapies (HRT) caused breast cancer have been settled in recent months including one in Pennsylvania where a judge upheld a verdict against the drug company, including a $6 million punitive damages award. Wyeth had heavily promoted its HRT drugs Premarin and Prempro as safe and effective treatments for bothersome symptoms of menopause. The pharmaceutical company even promoted the pills for their added benefit of protecting women against heart disease and dementia. But evidence was beginning to surface that the drugs were actually far more dangerous than the public or doctors ever ... Read More

Study finds HRT breast cancers are more likely to be advanced, deadly

The evidence weighing the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in menopausal and postmenopausal women continues to tip toward the same conclusion – that taking HRT is dangerous. HRT was once heralded as a cure-all for problematic symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, sleeping difficulties, mood swings and vaginal dryness. It was also given the added benefit of protecting women against heart disease and osteoporosis. However, opinion quickly changed in 2002, after a large study of postmenopausal women found that HRT that combined the hormones estrogen and progesterone increased a woman’s risk for breast cancer by about one extra ... Read More