Latest Adverse effect Stories

2012-03-08 08:00:00

As reported on BBC on February 28th 2012, the British Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advised that patients who have undergone large head metal-on-metal hip replacements should be monitored annually for life. In July 2008 hip replacement components made by Zimmer Holdings, Inc. were recalled after it was learned that the surgical parts did not work properly, forcing many patients to undergo painful and costly additional surgeries to correct the defect. The Zimmer...

2012-03-01 08:00:00

According to court documents, on February 7th, 2012 the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict litigation (JPML) issued an order consolidating three transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigations into a single proceeding to be heard in the Southern District of West Virginia. The defendants are the manufacturers American Medical Systems (MDL No. 2325), Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326) and Johnson & Johnson´s Ethicon (MDL No. 2327). Transvaginal mesh is a medical device implanted in...

2012-02-29 14:06:30

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is revising safety information on the labels of some statins (cholesterol lowering drugs).   Statins are a class of drugs that work in the liver to prevent the formation of cholesterol. They are most effective at lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol, but also have modest effects on lowering triglycerides (blood fats) and raising HDL (good) cholesterol.   High cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular...

New Diet Pill Side-Effects Under Scrutiny By FDA Regulators
2012-02-20 09:36:10

A weight-loss drug currently under a second review from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is causing concerns that it may be responsible for birth defects and heart problems, according to documents released by the agency on Friday. The drug, developed by Vivus, was rejected by the agency in 2010, largely because of those risks. A committee of outside advisers to the FDA will meet this week to reconsider whether the drug, called Qnexa, should move forward in the approval process,...

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