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Women angry over latest patient death linked to Essure contraceptive

News of another death associated with the controversial birth control method Essure has some women fighting mad. “I just wish that everybody would listen. This is so important – women’s lives, families depend on this,” Darlene Taylor told 7 Investigators. Taylor and Mesha Hodge, both of Michigan, are among dozens of women who have teamed up to try to ban the device to prevent other women from being injured by Essure as they have. Their efforts resulted in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety review. But instead of pulling the contraceptive off the market, the agency opted to place ... Read More

FDA warns that deaths may be associated with schizophrenia drug

The injectable schizophrenia drug Zyprexa Relprevv may be associated with two patient deaths; however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it does not find the evidence compelling enough to make any changes to the current prescribing or use of the injection at this time. The recommendation comes after an FDA review of a study undertaken to determine the cause of elevated levels of the medication in two patients who died after receiving injections of the medication. The agency said it was unable to exclude the possibility that the deaths were caused by rapid, but delayed, entry of the drug into ... Read More

Drug company enjoys rising profits from controversial blood thinner Pradaxa

Boehringer Ingelheim Chief Executive Andreas Barner says he expects the drug company’s profits to rise by a “high-single-digit percentage” this year and to continue to climb in 2013 thanks to new blockbuster drugs, including the blood thinner Pradaxa. Blockbuster status is defined as generating annual sales of $1 billion or more. Pradaxa (dabigatran) is the first anticoagulant in more than five decades to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since warfarin (Coumadin). It is indicated for the prevention of strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that can cause strokes. Pradaxa was presented ... Read More