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Antibiotics Linked to More Health Problems

Researchers are linking more long-term, damaging side effects to use of certain antibiotics, which are among the most often prescribed medications in the world. According to studies published recently in research journals: Four antibiotics known as macrolides – erythromycin, Zithromax, Biaxin and quinolone – carry a small but statistically significant risk for sudden cardiac death Children... Read More

The Lipitor Case That Pfizer Doesn’t Want To be Heard

Not only did Sophia* develop diabetes from Lipitor, so did her doctor. This is their story. Sophia, a woman in her 50s, worked at a local medical clinic, loved shopping with friends and spending time with her family. She volunteered at her church, walked her neighborhood for exercise, and generally led what most of us would... Read More

Scandal Hits Dangerous Medical Device Maker Bard – Again

Bard, formerly known as C.R. Bard, has been accused – again – of knowingly selling a defective and unreasonably dangerous medical device. Bard is a familiar foe to us; we most recently fought them on behalf of women maimed by Bard’s defective vaginal mesh products. This time the allegations involve the company’s Recovery IVC (inferior... Read More

Infection after Hip or Knee Surgery Linked to Warming Device

A device used to keep patients warm during hip or knee replacement surgery has been linked to serious post-surgical infections that sometimes require second surgeries and, in one case, amputation. The device, known as the Bair Huggertm and manufactured by 3Mtm, is the subject of a number of lawsuits claiming 3M was aware of Bair Hugger... Read More

Killer Supplements Have Got to Go

Contaminated, fraudulently labeled dietary supplements have killed people and will continue killing people until the industry is reeled in and held accountable. An infant in Connecticut died last December after being given a well-known probiotic supplement that was later found to be contaminated with yeast. In 2013, 72 people in 16 states contracted hepatitis traced... Read More

Miralax Fears Finally Get FDA Attention

Is Miralax safe for our children? Major concerns have surfaced that indicate otherwise. As of March 2012, the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System showed 2,257 incidents involving polyethylene glycol 3350, or simply PEG, the active ingredient in Miralax (a Bayer product) according to a consumer group based in New York. These incidents included serious kidney,... Read More

Hopes Fade, Lawsuits Mount for Blood Thinner Xarelto

The newest blood thinner on the market, Xarelto, has been hit with a double whammy. The FDA has disclosed that Xarelto maker Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has recalled 13,500 bottles of the medicine due to contamination. Contamination from what, neither the FDA nor the company has said. But it can’t be good. Meanwhile, there have been at... Read More

Sinus and Urinary Infection Antibiotics Not Worth the Risk

Like most of us, I’ve taken antibiotics many times. I’m also aware that over the years certain strong antibiotics have been prescribed for everything from common colds—that they won’t fix—to major bacterial infections. However, with increasing evidence that some side effects may outweigh the benefits, the days of freely prescribing antibiotics need to end. Drug companies are... Read More

Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder Concerns on the Rise

Does talcum powder regularly applied to the genital area increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer? A jury in North Dakota last October found that it did. A class action requested in California claims it does, showing that a growing number of women are obviously concerned about it. If you or a loved one developed... Read More

Paxil Lawsuits Boosted by Ruling

Paxil lawsuits got a boost earlier this month.  A federal appeals court in Illinois ruled a widow may proceed with her wrongful death lawsuit against Paxil manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline even though the medication at issue was a generic not manufactured by the company. Wendy Dolin is suing GSK over the death of her husband, Stewart, a prominent Chicago... Read More

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