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Da Vinci Surgical Robot Subject of FDA Probe

July 13th, 2015

Last summer we published a post about growing numbers of injuries sustained by patients during surgeries with the da Vinci surgical robot system, e.g. “tears and burns, to blood vessels, intestines, uterus and vaginal cuff dehiscence.” Complaints have also been leveled against the electrical arms …

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Markups on Brand-Name Medication Strain Hospital Budgets

June 17th, 2015

A revelatory article in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal sheds light on one of the most important factors influencing prescription drug pricing: their brand labels. The authors of the story, which ran with the headline, “Pharmaceutical Companies Buy Rivals’ Drugs, Then Jack …

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Doctors, Attorneys Allege Low Testosterone “Disease Mongering”

May 13th, 2015

When we first covered the alleged link between testosterone drug therapy and cardiovascular problems–particularly in older men–last June, there were about 50 such cases pending across the country. Now there are at least 1,500, and that number is growing every week. Reports do not vary …

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Feldman Shepherd Attorney Sues Bayer’s MiraLax for Kidney Failure

May 6th, 2015

Since at least 2009, researchers have been aware that MiraLax, an over-the-counter laxative manufactured by Bayer Corp., is not safe for patients who suffer from kidney disease. But this did not stop the company and is affiliates from allowing the drug to be taken by …

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5 Hospitals Report Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Outbreaks

April 8th, 2015

Having covered the dangers that hospitals pose (on several occasions) and the previousfailures of the FDA to keep consumers safe (again, on several occasions), it will come as no surprise to readers to learn that the topic of this post brings the two together. Several …

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Many Generic Herbal Supplements Not Herbal At All

March 18th, 2015

Health experts have long criticized store-brand herbal supplements. And finally they have been vindicated. The Attorney General’s office recently oversaw testing on products from nationwide chains like Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and GNC, finding that only a very small minority contained any of the ingredients listed …

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Antidepressants, Sleep Aids, and Allergy Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

March 4th, 2015

For many years, consumers have taken Benadryl as a sleep aid, assuming that it is a safe and non-habit forming solution for occasional insomnia. A recent study, however, led by Dr. Shelly Gray of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and published in JAMA …

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Drug Companies Spend Millions Marketing Redundant and Potentially Dangerous Treatments

February 4th, 2015

The investigative journalism website ProPublica, in conjunction with the New York Times medical blog The Upshot, recently published an article analyzing drug companies’ spending over the past five months in order to ascertain what drugs and medical devices they were promoting most heavily. The answer, it …

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Further FDA Failures: Diabetes Medications

January 28th, 2015

When it comes to regulation, there are many areas in which the FDA could improve its practices–compounding pharmacies, energy drinks, herbal dietary products, generic drugs,testosterone supplements, plastic water bottles, and cancer treatments–but we can now add diabetes medication like Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza to this list …

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