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September 2015 Archives

Invokana: first a kidney risk, now a fracture risk

In May, we learned about a link between the diabetes drug Invokana (canagliflozin) and a serious condition called ketoacidosis. On Sept. 10, we learned about a relationship between Invokana and an apparent higher risk of bone fractures than hitherto was known. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted the public to both concerns in separate safety messages.

Invokana: first a kidney risk, now a fracture risk

In May, we learned about a link between the diabetes drug Invokana (canagliflozin) and a serious condition called ketoacidosis. On Sept. 10, we learned about a relationship between Invokana and an apparent higher risk of bone fractures than hitherto was known. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted the public to both concerns in separate safety messages.

It’s open! Safety officials take precautions for fare at the fair

It’s that time of year again when people flock from Houston and all over to attend the State Fair of Texas. Participants pack up their horses, cattle and other livestock for rodeos, exhibitions and auctions. Farmers bring their crops in to celebrate Texas’s agricultural history.

It’s open! Safety officials take precautions for fare at the fair

It’s that time of year again when people flock from Houston and all over to attend the State Fair of Texas. Participants pack up their horses, cattle and other livestock for rodeos, exhibitions and auctions. Farmers bring their crops in to celebrate Texas’s agricultural history.

Congress prods GAO to probe morcellator cancer risk

Several members of Congress simply had enough when it came to hearing about reports of laparoscopic power morcellators actually spreading unsuspected uterine cancers in the process of performing hysterectomies and myomectomies. They told the U.S. General Accounting Office in writing Aug. 7 to get to the bottom of how the relationship between the use of the morcellator and cancer was discovered in 2014, more than 20 years after the minimally invasive surgical devices were on the market. GAO took Congress seriously and announced Sept. 1 that indeed it would investigate.

Congress prods GAO to probe morcellator cancer risk

Several members of Congress simply had enough when it came to hearing about reports of laparoscopic power morcellators actually spreading unsuspected uterine cancers in the process of performing hysterectomies and myomectomies. They told the U.S. General Accounting Office in writing Aug. 7 to get to the bottom of how the relationship between the use of the morcellator and cancer was discovered in 2014, more than 20 years after the minimally invasive surgical devices were on the market. GAO took Congress seriously and announced Sept. 1 that indeed it would investigate.

Another case raises questions about trucker licensing

The trucking industry is a key piece of the economic backbone of Texas and the rest of the country. Because of its importance it is subject to a great level of regulatory oversight. And where oversight is high, it's not unusual for corruption to creep into the mix.

Another case raises questions about trucker licensing

The trucking industry is a key piece of the economic backbone of Texas and the rest of the country. Because of its importance it is subject to a great level of regulatory oversight. And where oversight is high, it's not unusual for corruption to creep into the mix.

Idea: Keep better track of IVC filter injuries

Inferior vena cava filters are cage-like devices that stop blood clots, or deep venous thrombosis (DVT), from reaching the lungs and thus becoming a pulmonary embolism (PE). Unfortunately, the device itself is known to migrate or break apart, causing serious injury elsewhere in the body. If you are a victim, you may want to talk to an attorney about your legal options. You are not alone; for IVC lawsuits are being filed across the country.

Idea: Keep better track of IVC filter injuries

Inferior vena cava filters are cage-like devices that stop blood clots, or deep venous thrombosis (DVT), from reaching the lungs and thus becoming a pulmonary embolism (PE). Unfortunately, the device itself is known to migrate or break apart, causing serious injury elsewhere in the body. If you are a victim, you may want to talk to an attorney about your legal options. You are not alone; for IVC lawsuits are being filed across the country.

Does the FDA have authority to control foreign-made drugs?

If you take a prescription drug, it doesn't matter where the product is manufactured. You want to be certain that the product your doctor has recommended is going to perform the way it's supposed to for your condition and when taken as directed. If bad side effects are a possibility, you want to know about that, too. That's your right.

Does the FDA have authority to control foreign-made drugs?

If you take a prescription drug, it doesn't matter where the product is manufactured. You want to be certain that the product your doctor has recommended is going to perform the way it's supposed to for your condition and when taken as directed. If bad side effects are a possibility, you want to know about that, too. That's your right.

Judges to decide status of federal power morcellator lawsuits

Women are coming forward with allegations that the use of a laparoscopic power morcellator for uterine treatments either spread cancer or led to recurrent fibroids. Attorneys for several plaintiffs in power morcellator lawsuits will tell a panel of federal judges Oct. 1 in New York that 22 cases situated in 16 federal districts ought to be centralized for coordinated pretrial management before U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Judges to decide status of federal power morcellator lawsuits

Women are coming forward with allegations that the use of a laparoscopic power morcellator for uterine treatments either spread cancer or led to recurrent fibroids. Attorneys for several plaintiffs in power morcellator lawsuits will tell a panel of federal judges Oct. 1 in New York that 22 cases situated in 16 federal districts ought to be centralized for coordinated pretrial management before U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

New development in fluoroquinolone antibiotics cases

There has been a procedural development in lawsuits filed against the makers of fluoroquinolone drugs, which are linked to serious nerve damage. A group of judges known as the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized all of the federal litigation of this nature before a single judge Aug. 17. The judge is based at a federal trial court in Minnesota.

Disclaimers don't always protect makers of dangerous products

The written word is a powerful thing. All you have to do is look at the many wars that have been started over the centuries. Quite often, the forces on both sides of the battle line quote various snippets of their favorite religious books to show that their cause is righteous in the eyes of God. Sometimes they quote from the same book.

Disclaimers don't always protect makers of dangerous products

The written word is a powerful thing. All you have to do is look at the many wars that have been started over the centuries. Quite often, the forces on both sides of the battle line quote various snippets of their favorite religious books to show that their cause is righteous in the eyes of God. Sometimes they quote from the same book.

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