FDA Warns of Serious Lung Condition in Infants Treated with Proglycem

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The FDA is Failing to Notify the Public About a Serious Side Effect Caused by Levaquin

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Strollers and Attachable Seats Recalled Due to Potential Choking Hazard

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After Inspections Reveal Contamination Issues, EMA Conducts Review of Medtronic’s InductOs

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Proglycem Linked to Reports of Pulmonary Hypertension in Babies, FDA Warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Proglycem, a drug used for low blood sugar, … [Continue Reading]

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FDA Warns of Serious Lung Condition in Infants Treated with Proglycem

In a recent drug safety alert, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that a serious lung condition, pulmonary hypertension, has been reported in infants and newborns treated with Proglycem (diazoxide) for low blood sugar. Pulmonary hypertension is high pressure in the blood vessels leading to the lungs. The FDA identified 11 cases of pulmonary […]

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The FDA is Failing to Notify the Public About a Serious Side Effect Caused by Levaquin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is failing to inform the public about dangerous side effects associated with Levofloxacin (brand names Levaquin and Cipro), an antibiotic in the fluoroquinolone family that is one of the most popular and widely prescribed drugs on the market. Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones are used to combat serious infections […]

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Strollers and Attachable Seats Recalled Due to Potential Choking Hazard

UPPAbaby of Hingham, Massachusetts, is recalling approximately 79,000 2015 Cruz and 2015 Vista strollers and 2015 RumbleSeats in the U.S. and Canada because they pose a choking hazard. The bumper bar on the strollers and the RumbleSeats is covered in foam that could be bitten off by a child, causing the child to choke. UPPAbaby […]

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After Inspections Reveal Contamination Issues, EMA Conducts Review of Medtronic’s InductOs

Medtronic’s implantable bone development product InductOs is under review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in light of contamination problems as a US site where one of the components are manufactured. InductOs is used to stimulate bone growth in patients undergoing spinal fusion in the lower back and in surgeries to repair broken tibia. The […]

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Proglycem Linked to Reports of Pulmonary Hypertension in Babies, FDA Warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Proglycem, a drug used for low blood sugar, was linked to reports of pulmonary hypertension in infants and newborns. According to a Safety Communication posted on the agency’s website, 11 cases of pulmonary hypertension in infants and newborns taking Proglycem’s active ingredient, diazoxide, have been identified […]

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FDA Orders Stronger Label Warnings for Non-Aspirin Pain Relievers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered stronger label warning that non-aspirin pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen can increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The FDA has long warned people that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen taken over a long period of time can increase the risk […]

Class 1 Recall Issued for Medtronic Tracheostomy Tubes

Class 1 Recall Issued for Medtronic Tracheostomy Tubes

Medtronic’s Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy Tubes have been recalled following reports of breathing issues when switching tubes to newer models. A tracheostomy is performed when the surgeon needs to create an opening in the patient’s trachea, or windpipe. The recalled tubes, which include the Shiley Neonatal, Pediatric and Long Pediatric Tracheostomy Tube, Cuffless Shiley […]

FDA Investigating Potential Dangers Caused by Gadolinium

FDA Investigating Potential Dangers Caused by Gadolinium Brain Deposits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the potential for brain deposits caused by repeated use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). According to recent publications in medical literature, there have been reports that GBCAs remain in the brains of some patients who undergo four or more MRIs, long […]

Medtronic MiniMed Recalls Insulin Pumps

Medtronic MiniMed Recalls Insulin Pumps Over Problem with Bolus Screen

Medtronic MiniMed has announced the recall of nearly two thousand MiniMed 640G insulin pumps, mostly in Europe, because of difficulties with a screen not properly timing out. The affected pumps were distributed in 10 European countries and Australia, according to the recall notice just issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This insulin pump […]

Will Other Cities Adopt Cell Phone Radiation Ordinance?

Will Other Cities Adopt Berkeley’s Cell Phone Radiation Ordinance?

The city of Berkeley, California has long been the starting place for progressive legislation to be passed, including health benefits for domestic partners, smoking bans, Styrofoam bans and creating sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. The City Council unanimously passed a measure in May requiring retailers to warn about the potential risk of radiation with cell phones. […]