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Study finds Pradaxa could make common falls lethal for elderly

The death of an 83-year-old man who checked into The University of Utah’s hospital after suffering from a routine fall raises concerns that hemorrhaging may be irreversible in patients taking Boehringer Ingelheim’s blood-thinning drug Pradaxa. A new report published Thursday in the Journal of Neurosurgery, authored by physicians in the University’s Neurosurgery Department who treated the patient, details his decline and eventual death hours after arriving at the hospital. The patient went to the hospital after experiencing a standing-level fall that left him banged up but alert and coherent. The study notes that one month prior to his fall, the ... Read More

Study finds common flu drug may speed traumatic brain injury recovery

A flu drug that has been around for decades may help speed the recovery of patients with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI), according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. A hospital study divided 184 patients with severe TBI caused by falls and car crashes randomly into two groups. About one third of the patients were in a vegetative state with only brief periods of wakefulness while the rest were only minimally conscious. One group received a daily dose of Amantadine, a drug first approved in the 1960s to help combat the flu virus, while ... Read More

Anti-smoking drug Chantix may help other addicts, but at what cost?

Two new clinical studies have found evidence that Pfizers’s anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) may help take the enjoyment out of cocaine and alcohol in much the same way it makes smoking cigarettes feel less desirable, thereby easing addiction and making it easier for users to quit. The news will certainly be welcomed by manufacturer Pfizer, which had counted on Chantix being a major moneymaker before sales of the drug dropped off following reports linking it to cases of suicide and hostile behavior. But numerous other studies and clinical data suggest Chantix is far from being a sound panacea for addictions, ... Read More

Exploding electronic cigarette severely injures Florida man

NICEVILLE, FL – A Florida man who quit smoking two years ago and turned to electronic cigarettes to ease his tobacco cravings has been admitted to a burn center after the e-cigarette exploded in his mouth. Tom Holloway, 57, had all of his teeth knocked out in the explosion, according to an ABC News report. He also lost part of his tongue. A fire chief who responded to the emergency told ABC that he “never heard of or seen anything like this before,” and that Mr. Holloway’s injuries looked as if he had put a “bottle rocket in his mouth.” ... Read More

Do drug companies protect profits by unethical means?

Sometimes it is hard to know whom you can trust. But trust is of the utmost importance when it involves human life. Unfortunately, drug companies are apparently demonstrating they are more interested in profits than in protecting the consumers who use their products. One troubling example is the antidepressant Paxil. The drug is in a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which are among the most prescribed medications in the United States. The drug was listed as a Category C pregnancy medication, meaning there was no evidence to show whether the drug was dangerous to developing ... Read More

Report suggests poor safety auditor advice contributed to deadly Listeria outbreak

A Congressional Committee’s investigation of the Colorado family farm linked to a nationwide outbreak of Listeria last summer found that a third-party auditor gave the farm a “superior” rating just weeks before the outbreak, calling into question the reliability and credibility of private agricultural inspection firms. The outbreak was traced to cantaloupes grown on the farm. The House Energy and Commerce Committee report says that Jensen Farms of Rocky Ford, Colorado hired Bio Food Safety Inc., a subcontractor working for Primus Labs, to evaluate its operations in 2010 and again in 2011. However, the auditor focused only on Jensen Farms’ ... Read More

Federal regulators intercepting more dangerous product imports at port

Federal regulations governing the safety of foreign-made products help keep U.S. consumers safe, but the fact remains that a number of dangerous and sub-standard products continue to find their way onto retail shelves and into consumers’ homes nationwide. In response to this continuing problem, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it has stepped up regulatory efforts and interventions at several major U.S. ports of entry. CPSC staff have been working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to screen several thousands of product shipments entering the country. For example, the combined efforts of staff trained to ... Read More

Texas woman files lawsuit against transvaginal mesh manufacturers

A lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon Inc., by a Texas woman who claims the manufacturers knew their transvaginal mesh device used to treat pelvic floor disorders was dangerous and could cause severe harm. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas Beaumont Division on Dec. 8, 2011. The lawsuit alleges that the medical device manufacturers negligently designed and marketed the Gynecare Profilt and TVT, which are surgical mesh devices used to treat disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The devices recently have come under review by a ... Read More