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12 Aug 2008, 8:18 pm
August 2008 Senate Counterpart of HR 6381, Medical Device Safety Act 2008, Which Was Sponsored By Congressmen Waxman And Pallone (Posted by Tom Lamb at In a June 27, 2008 article, "Newly Introduced Legislation Would Protect Legal Rights of Patients Harmed By Defective Medical Devices", we said that soon after the July 4th Congressional recess there would be a bill introduced by Senators Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) [read post]
9 Jan 2009, 11:27 am
Possible Link Between Fosamax And Esophagus Cancer Surfaces; Merck Disputes This New Side Effect (Posted by Tom Lamb at In January 2009 the Journal of the American Dental Association published an article, "Oral bisphosphonate use and the prevalence of osteonecrosis of the jaw", by Parish P. [read post]
4 Apr 2012, 2:10 pm by Tom Lamb
Neither Recent Nor Past Use Of These Antibiotics In Fluoroquinolones Class Was Related To Retinal Detachment (Posted by Tom Lamb at Patients taking oral antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Levaquin (levofloxacin) are at an increased risk for developing a detached retina, an eye injury which can lead to permanent blindness if not medically treated in a timely manner. [read post]
16 Feb 2007, 7:40 am
Plaintiff Alleged Wyeth Used False And Misleading Advertising For Prempro And Premarin, Thereby Hiding Risks (Posted by Tom Lamb at On February 15, 2007 a federal court jury in Arkansas found the drug company Wyeth not liable for the breast cancer which 72-year old Helene Rush alleged was caused by her use of Prempro and Premarin. [read post]
13 Aug 2009, 2:43 pm
Combination Of Ethinylestradiol And Drospirenone Increases Serum Copper, A Situation That Could Be Associated With Increased Cardiovascular Risk (Posted by Tom Lamb at In the August 1, 2009 edition of the medical journal Contraception there was an article which offers one possible explanation about why Yasmin and YAZ might cause an increased risk of developing serious side effects involving blood clots, such as pulmonary embolism (PE), deep vein thrombosis… [read post]
31 Aug 2009, 1:45 pm
Medical Journal Letter To Editor Stated That Exact Mechanism Of Hepatotoxicity In Subject Patient Was Unknown (Posted by Tom Lamb at As we reported, on August 24, 2009 the FDA issued its "Early Communication" notification  about an ongoing safety review of the obesity drugs Xenical (orlistat 120 mg) and Alli (orlistat 60 mg). [read post]
18 Apr 2012, 11:23 am by Tom Lamb
Closing Arguments Focus On Medical Issue Of Whether Or Not Fosamax Causes Osteonecrosis Of The Jaw (ONJ) (Posted by Tom Lamb at ______________________________________________________________________________ UPDATE: Defense Verdict For Merck Ques #1: Did Mrs. [read post]
19 Oct 2007, 6:35 am
This Medtronic Defibrillator Lead Line Was Particularly Popular In Younger Patients Due To Its Smaller Size (Posted by Tom Lamb at In an October 19, 2007 article, "Heart Wires May Pose More Risk for the Young", Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporters Anna Wilde Mathews and Thomas M. [read post]
14 Nov 2008, 3:23 pm
Federal Government Seeks A Permanent Injunction Against This Drug Company That Produced Defective Digitek Pills (Posted by Tom Lamb at A November 13, 2008 Bloomberg article, "Actavis Sued by U.S. [read post]
5 Aug 2011, 2:27 pm by Tom Lamb
European Drug Regulator EMA Recommended New Actos Contra-Indications And Warnings In July 2011 (Posted by Tom Lamb at On August 4, 2011 we learned that Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. had revised the prescribing information -- also called the package insert or label -- for its diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) and other anti-diabetic pioglitazone-containing medicines by means of this item, "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Updated drug labels for… [read post]
16 May 2007, 10:34 am
Plaintiff Simon Developed Breast Cancer After Using HRT Drugs Prempro, Premarin, And Provera (Posted by Tom Lamb at On May 15, 2007 a Pennsylvania state court jury handed down a mixed verdict in the latest hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products liability case to go to trial, Simon v. [read post]
21 Aug 2007, 8:26 am
This Second Edition Has Detailed, Useful Information For Doctors And Pharmacists (Posted by Tom Lamb at The August 9, 2007 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has an insightful book review by John P. [read post]
5 Jan 2012, 1:16 pm by Tom Lamb
Ten Strategies Intended For Pharmacists Can Help Patients Stay Safe, Also (Posted by Tom Lamb at It is relatively well-accepted in the healthcare community that medication errors involving prescription drugs happen more often than they should but the incident rate could be reduced if both pharmacists and patients took certain precautions. [read post]
18 Feb 2010, 12:52 pm by Tom Lamb
Reports About Sudden Breaking Of Thigh Bone In Patients Using Fosamax For Five Years Or More (Posted by Tom Lamb at The side effects of Fosamax include osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), esophageal irritation, and musculoskeletal pain. [read post]
21 May 2007, 10:41 am
(Posted by Tom Lamb at On May 21, 2007 the Los Angeles Times published an Associated Press (AP) article entitled "Diabetes drug linked to heart attack risk" which broke the story about a new analysis of Avandia data that was published online earlier this same day by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). [read post]
9 Apr 2009, 12:34 pm
Due To Link With Fatal Brain Infection, Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) (Posted by Tom Lamb at On April 8, 2009 Genentech Inc. -- which was just acquired by Roche Holding AG in March 2009 -- issued a press release announcing "a phased voluntary withdrawal of psoriasis drug Raptiva ® (efalizumab) from the U.S. market"  due to its link to a brain infection, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). [read post]
28 Oct 2011, 6:16 pm by Tom Lamb
(Posted by Tom Lamb at On October 27, 2011 the FDA released its new drug-safety study report, "Combined Hormonal Contraceptives (CHCs) and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Endpoints", which included the NuvaRing (etonogestrel / estradiol vaginal ring) -- referred to as "ETON" in this 2011 FDA study report.  [read post]
22 Sep 2011, 12:00 pm by Tom Lamb
EMA Cites The Increased Risks Of Liver Injury, Lung Side Effects, And Cardiovascular Adverse Events (Posted by Tom Lamb at In late September 2011 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended that the use of Sanofi's antiarrhythmic medication Multaq (dronedarone) be restricted to certain patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation. [read post]
11 Feb 2008, 9:20 am
February 2008 Australian Report Links Liver Failure And Hepatitis To Popular Novartis Drug (Posted by Tom Lamb at A February 4, 2008 article, "Anti-fungal tablet linked to liver deaths", published by Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, brought to our attention the fact that Australian drug regulators have issued a warning about serious liver reactions after taking a popular prescription drug used to treat fungal infections, Lamisil… [read post]