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Health Canada Warns of Cardiovascular Risks Associated with Testosterone Therapy Drugs

On July 15, 2014, Health Canada warned patients and healthcare professionals of serious and possibly life-threatening cardiovascular risks associated with testosterone replacement therapies. Health Canada recently completed a safety review of low-testosterone products, which revealed that Low-T product use is linked to heart and blood vessel problems, such as heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolisms (blood […]

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Niacin May Be Toxic and Too Risky As Heart Drug, Reports Find

NBC news reports that the B3 vitamin, Niacin, often found in over-the-counter tablets, may cause severe negative side effects and may actually fail to reduce rates of stroke, heart attack, or chest pain. Several studies have shown that Niacin can lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad cholesterol”) while raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good cholesterol”). […]

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Low-T Lawsuit Update (MDL 2545): FDA Weighs Data on Testosterone Drugs and Heart Attack Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called a special advisory committee meeting to discuss the results of two trials that demonstrated an increased risk of heart attack in men using testosterone replacement drugs. The FDA called the meeting after it required new label changes on all testosterone replacement therapies to warn consumers of […]

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Painkillers May Increase Cardiovascular Risks in Older Women, Study Suggests

According to MSN News, a new study showed that certain categories of painkillers, including the over-the-counter drug Aleve® (naproxen), may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in older women. The new study found an increase in cardiovascular risks associated with anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in which the NSAIDs don’t specifically target the cox-2 enzyme, […]

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Beleodaq® Drug to Treat Rare Form of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Receives Accelerated FDA Approval

On July 3, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Beleodaq® (belinostat) as a treatment for Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma (PTCL). PTCL is a rare and fast-growing type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) in which the lymph nodes become cancerous. Beleodaq®, which received accelerated approval, is designed to stop enzymes that contribute to T-cells, a […]

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Texas Attorney General Joins Other States in Investigating Transvaginal Mesh Products

ABC News in Dallas reports that the Texas Attorney General’s Office has started an investigation of Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, for potential deceptive trade violations, including those pertaining to advertising, marketing, promotion, and sale and distribution, of transvaginal mesh products (TVM). Texas will join Washington, California, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, […]

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State of Oregon Settles $4 Million Deceptive Marketing Claims Involving DePuy’s Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

The Oregonian Newspaper reports that DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. has settled claims with the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) involving their metal-on-metal artificial hips over allegations that the manufacturer knowingly marketed the hips that were prone to failure. The devices were designed to accommodate younger hip replacement patients by providing more flexibility and range of motion […]

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Consumer Reports: Spray-On Sunscreens May Cause Asthma and Allergy Attacks in Children

Consumer Reports warns against the use of spray-on sunscreens for children as the product could put children at risk for asthma or allergy attacks. The warning follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2011 announcement that it was launching an investigation and study involving the spray-on sunscreen products. The focus of the study is […]

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FDA Denies Approval for Expanded Use of Blood-Thinning Drug Xarelto®

According to Bloomberg, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG have failed to win approval for expanded use from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its blood-thinning medication, Xarelto®. The FDA voted 10-0 against expanded use of Xarelto®. This denial by the FDA comes after recent reports on the drug’s adverse events, including serious […]

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FDA Approves Insulin Inhalation Powder, Afrezza®

On June 27, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Afrezza, an insulin powder used to control blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes. Data shows that approximately 25.8 million people in the United States, 8.3% of the population, have diabetes. Afrezza®, a rapid-acting insulin that is to be inhaled at the beginning […]

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