Boston Scientific Recalls Heart Imaging Catheters


Medical device manufacturer, Boston Scientific recently issued a voluntary recall of more than 29,000 of its iCross coronary imaging catheters, after receiving disturbing reports that the catheter’s tip was detaching during procedures. The iCross catheters, which were distributed in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Tobago and the American Virgin Islands, were found to have become [...]

Recent Study Suggests Niacin Drugs May Not Prevent Heart Attacks


It’s no secret that lowering bad cholesterol levels will help to reduce the risk of heart attacks in patients with heart disease. It’s also been widely suggested that raising the levels of good cholesterol within the body would also aid in heart attack prevention. However, a recent government study suggests that this school of thought [...]

Mother of Yaz Victim Files Suit


After the tragic loss of her daughter, Joan Cummins has officially filed a wrongful death suit against the drug manufacturer, Bayer Corp. Cummins is the mother of Michelle Pfleger, the Elon University freshman who died suddenly last fall as a result of a blood clot in her lungs. The suit targets Bayer’s birth control product, [...]

FDA Panel Backs Cholesterol Drug Trilipix


A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel concluded recently that Trilipix, the blockbuster cholesterol lowering drug from Abbott Labs, should continue to be marketed for use, despite a government study questioning the drug’s benefit. The panel further recommended that Trilipix be the focus of an additional study in order to see if the drug will [...]

Hearing Loss Linked to Use of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

To date, the FDA has received approximately 30 reports of sudden hearing loss in patients taking a certain class of erectile dysfunction drugs called PDE5 inhibitors. Included in this class of drugs are popular brands such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. The reports indicate that any hearing problems experienced were often accompanied by dizziness and [...]

Avandia Pulled By FDA

The FDA has announced that Avandia, or rosiglitazone the well known diabetes medication will be off the shelves starting in November. The drug exposes user to increased risk of heart attacks. Going forward, only “certified doctors will be allowed to prescribe the drug, and only to patients who’ve been informed of the risks and who [...]

Date Set for Yaz Trial

The first trial concerning the side effects of Yaz/Yasmin birth control has been pushed back from September 2011 to January 2012. Judge David R. Herndon announced that the first bellwether trial in the multi-district litigation would be concern pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in the lung.  The later date is needed due to the size [...]

FDA May Change Labeling for Children’s Medicines

Currently, if you have an infant or a child under the age of two who is sick and needs a dose of a fever and pain relief medication like Infant’s Tylenol, you may not know how much to give.  The label on these products directs you to call a doctor for dosage amounts. Next week [...]

Pfizer Sued in Murder-Suicide Case

Pfizer’s smoking cessation drug, Chantix is being blamed for a murder-suicide in Pennsylvania.  Thirty-four-year-old Sean Wain fatally shot his 33-year-old wife, Natalie, before shooting himself in May 2009. The couples’ fathers have filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, makers of the Chantix prescription Wain was taking to help quit smoking. Clinical trials revealed Chantix carries an [...]

College Freshman on Yaz Dies of Caridac Arrest

An 18-year-old college freshman from North Carolina died suddenly of cardiac arrest after taking YAZ birth control pills to help with acne.  Now her family has filed a lawsuit against the Bayer, makers of Yaz. “I can only hope that by publicizing what happened to Michelle, I can keep another family from having to go [...]