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Femur Fractures Linked to Long-Term Fosamax Use

As we mature our bone density decreases and for many people it leads to osteoporosis. Women especially run a high risk with onset of menopause; estrogen prevents bones from breaking down, therefore bone loss in women dramatically increases because their ovaries stop producing estrogen after menopause. As a result, bone density complications and osteoporosis become serious health issues for women!
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FDA Warning: Topamax Linked to Oral Cleft Birth Defects

The FDA has announced to healthcare officials and patients that Topamax or generic topiramate used during pregnancy may increase the risk of oral cleft defects. As a result, new warnings will be added to the anti-seizure and migraine medication to advise women about the risk of potential cleft lip and cleft palate birth defects.

According to data provided by the North American Antiepileptic Drug (AED) Pregnancy Registry, newborns whose mothers took Topamax while pregnant had a birth defect rate of 1.4% versus a defect rate of 0.55% in infants whose mothers took a different anti-epileptic drug, and a 0.38% defect rate among the general public.
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FDA Warning: PPIs Linked to Abnormally Low Magnesium Levels in Patients

Recently, the FDA has reported that long-term use of stomach acid reducing drugs, also known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI), may affect magnesium levels in your body. As a result, PPI manufacturers must attach a warning label so that health care professionals and consumers are properly advised about the dangers and risks of using the drug.

The FDA has asserted that people who have used prescription strength PPIs, such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, may suffer from abnormally low serum magnesium levels, also known as hypomagnesaemia. Injury symptoms for adults may include: abnormal heart rate, irregular heartbeat, heart palpitations, muscle spasms, convulsions, and tremors. Injury symptoms for children may include: upset stomach, fatigue, lightheadedness, and dizziness. Patients who take diuretics should be aware that taking their medication with a prescribed PPI can also cause hypomagnesaemia.
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FOSAMAX UPDATE: New Research Confirms Long-Term Use of Osteoporosis Drugs Are Linked to Femoral Fractures

A new study titled “Bisphosphonate Use and Atypical Fractures of the Femoral Shaft” published in the May 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicines further strengthens the claim that bisphosphonates, like Fosamax, may increase the risk of atypical thigh bone breaks. This is the 4th study from the publication which favorably promotes the mounting litigation against the drug’s manufacturer Merck for allegedly producing a defective and harmful drug, ultimately providing Parilman Fosamax Femur Fracture lawyers with more fuel to obtain justice for patients harmed by defective drugs.Read More »FOSAMAX UPDATE: New Research Confirms Long-Term Use of Osteoporosis Drugs Are Linked to Femoral Fractures

FDA Fast-Track Process to Blame for Medical Device Recalls?

Did you know that 70% of all medical devices recalled since 2005 were approved by the FDA through a “fast-track” system that ultimately permits the manufacturer to provide minimal data in regards to safety and effectiveness? This means that approximately 3 out of every 4 devices were FDA approved despite presenting serious threats to you or your loved one.These potential threats include injury or even death.Read More »FDA Fast-Track Process to Blame for Medical Device Recalls?

Semi Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents Account for a Disproportionate Number of Traffic Fatalities

Earlier this year, just days after a Kentucky truck driver talking his cell phone crashed his eighteen-wheeler into a van killing himself and 10 others, 3 were killed and 6 others were injured in a Phoenix, AZ tractor-trailer crash. It was reported that the driver of the commercial truck accident involved in the fatal Phoenix crash, still in shock just after the accident, said he was wasn’t paying attention and was “just shuffling with his paperwork”.Read More »Semi Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents Account for a Disproportionate Number of Traffic Fatalities

DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

In August of 2010, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics issued a full United States recall of two of their leading hip replacement product lines: the DePuy ASRTM XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASRTM Hip Resurfacing System. The metal bearings used in these systems are the basis of the problems many people have encountered with defective DePuy hip replacement parts. The metal bearings wear out quickly, creating metal on metal friction that leads to a release of metal fragments in the body. These fragments cause intense pain and damage the surrounding tissue. Failing metal joint components have also lead to an unnatural fusion of the implant with the surrounding tissue. The presence of metal inside a person’s body can also present serious medical risks. Patients experiencing problems with defective DePuy hip replacement parts have experienced intense pain and limited mobility, and generally had to have additional surgery to remove the defective implants from their bodies.Read More »DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Increasing in U.S. and Canada

Actos class action lawsuits and recalls have already been filed in the France, who suggests taking the drug off the United States market. Most recently, December 21, Canada filed a class action lawsuit against the Takeda Pharmacuetical Company and Eli Lilly, who failed to properly research and warn consumers about the high risk of bladder cancer.Read More »Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Increasing in U.S. and Canada