Defective Drugs

Hospital Acquired Infections. Super Bugs Get More…Um, Super.

Sources: NPR (National Public Radio); US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WE'VE blogged about MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (cancomycin Resistant Enterococcus) and C-Diff (Clostridium difficile).  Get ready to add another nasty super bug to the list -CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae). Federal officials warn that the newest kid on the block has become a significant health problem [...]

Robotic Surgery, State of the Art comes with Complications.

 Sources:  Bloomberg News, US Food & Drug Administration THEY have been hailed as the latest state of the art technology and their manufacturer has given them a name worthy of a medical rennaissance -the Da Vinci.  But are robotic surgeries actually safer than those performed directly by the hand of a surgeon? Robot systems (da [...]

Dialysis Centers and Products Under Investigation

Source: US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) The FDA has recently updated its March 29, 2012 Class I recall of the dialysis products, Naturalyte Liquid and Granuflo Acid Concentrate.  On March 29, 2012, the firm sent an Urgent Product Notification to their clinics and customers. This notification provided clinicians with prescribing information regarding the Naturalyte [...]

Fosomax and Fractures

Sources:  US Food & Drug Administration; Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons A recent report of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons focuses upon the link between bisphosphonates (Fosomax, Boniva, Actonel, Reclast) and osteonecrosis of the jaw.  Osteonecrosis of the jaw is a disease in which bone tissue in the jaw does not heal after minor traumas, [...]

Transvaginal Mesh -A Safety Concern for Patients

Source:  US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The FDA has issued an update warning doctors and patients of the dangers of transvaginal mesh placement.  This follows years of  dramatic increases in reports of adverse events over the use of surgical mesh for the transvaginal repair of POP (pelvic organ prolapse).  POP occurs when the internal [...]

Women with Breast Cancer Quit Meds, According to Recent Study.

Source: Chicago's Northwestern University News Center; In what has been termed the "first study in which women are actually asked questions,"  a staggering 36% of postmenopausal women who are treated for estrogen-sensitive breast cancer quit using drugs that help prevent the disease from recurring.  Universally the reason is because of side effects of the medication, [...]

Nursing Homes Over Medicating Patients?

Source: NY Daily News; Eli Lilly & Co. According to Audits conducted on Nursing Home Facilities in the United States, elderly patients with dementia are too often prescribed anti-psychotic drugs to calm disruptive behavior.  The Senate Committe on Aging is apparently having hearings on this issue.  Health and Human Services Inspector General, Daniel Levinson has [...]

Avastin No Longer Approved for Breast Cancer

Source: US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The US FDA has revoked it's prior approval of Avastin for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.  Avastin came onto the market as being a meidication with great promise for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.  FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg stated plainly in her Decision of the Commissioner, that, "[T]there is [...]

Merck Pays another $1 Billion to Settle Vioxx Claims

Source: WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Nov. 22, 2011 - Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced it has reached a resolution with federal and state authorities regarding a previously disclosed investigation concerning Vioxx. Merck voluntarily withdrew Vioxx from the market in September 2004.   The company previously recorded a charge [...]

$30 Million Jury Verdict for Incorrect Medication Dosage

Injury: Severe brain injury from incorrect administration of medication to a 5 year old boy in a Pediatric Hospital Age of Patient at Inury: 5 years of age Result: $30 Million Jury Verdict Court: Philadelphia County, PA Comments:  Our clients suffered greatly from the incorrect administration and incorrect dosing of medication at a well-known Pediatric [...]