Archive for May, 2014

New study strengthen link between autism and antidepressant use during pregnancy

Taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) during pregnancy can increase the risk of autism, according to a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs conducted at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The greatest connection between SSRIs and prenatal autism occurred in boys, where male children born to mothers who used SSRIs during pregnancy were three times as likely to be autistic.

Read more about the SSRI and autism link…


Man files testosterone booster lawsuit against manufacturer

A Colorado man is suing the makers of AndroGel after he suffered a heart attack while using the testosterone booster, according to CBS news. Stephen Nichols’ lawsuit joins others filed in Illinois and Louisiana, also claiming that drugs prescribed to treat low testosterone, or Low T, caused heart attacks.

Read more about the testosterone booster lawsuit…

Newcastle University providing updates for Wright hip patients

Doctors and students at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have launched a “Metal Hip” research center to document developments with metal-on-metal hip implants, including the Wright Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing hip system. The site, found at , aims to collect first-hand accounts from victims of failed hip replacements as well as research to improve design.

Read more about the metal hip research center…

$650M Settlement Reached Over Blood Thinner

German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa. The company said the settlement, filed in federal court in East St. Louis, resolves roughly 4,000 claims, paying out an average of $162,500 per case.

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$11M in unapproved drugs seized by U.S. Marshals

U.S. Marshals recently seized more than $11 million of unapproved drugs distributed by the Cincinnati-based company Masters Pharmaceuticals Inc, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The unapproved drugs include Pramoxine-HC Otic Drop, Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories, as well as Urea Cream 39%, Urea Cream 40% and Urea Lotion 40%.

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GranuFlo manufacturer being investigated for possible corruption

GranuFlo manufacturer Fresenius Medical Care is being investigated for possible corruption related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Securities Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice are involved with the probe, which pertains to possibly corrupt activity by Fresenius outside of the United States and Germany.

Read more about Fresenius dialysis lawsuits…

Intrauterine devices could be used in constitutionally questionable procedure

Intrauterine devices (IUD) such as the Mirena IUD could be used in the procedure of sterilizing mentally handicapped women, a practice many lawyers are calling unconstitutional. A 29 year-old girl in California would have been given an IUD for birth control without her consent, had her mother not opted for a different procedure after determining the device was unsafe for the girl.

Read more about the controversial Mirena IUD use…

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