Medical Products Liability Posts in July, 2014

FDA Considers Reclassifying Transvaginal Mesh Implants As High Risk

Transvaginal mesh implants have often come under fire in recent years for faulty manufacturing and patient complications. Urogynecologic surgical mesh implants are used to provide support for organs and tissues that are weakened or damaged. They are made of synthetic materials that are often absorbable, or a combination of both absorbable and non-absorbent materials, according to the U.S....
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Lawsuits Filed against Testosterone Therapy Makers

Several forms of testosterone therapy have come under fire lately due to concerns for patient safety. According to WebMD, while the practice of prescribing hormonal therapy treatment to men with low testosterone has recently become more and more common, the long-term safety and side effects are not yet clear....
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Lawsuits Brought against Popular Type 2 Diabetes Drug

Diabetes is one of the most common debilitating diseases in the U.S. today, and according to the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), an estimated 8.3 percent of the population suffers from diabetes, roughly 25.8 million Americans. However common, the disease is one of the least discussed conditions to affect so many people. In fact, the NDEP reports that an estimated 7 million people with the disease are not aware that they have it. Nearly 2 million people are diagnosed with the disease annually....
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Determining True Need for Testosterone Therapy Can be Difficult

Testosterone therapies for men with low levels of the hormone have become increasingly popular in recent years. The American Medical Association issued a report in 2013 that stated that between 2001 and 2011, “the use of hormones among men over 40 increased by almost 360 percent,” as noted by Fox News. These types of therapies, while very popular, come with high associated risks—mostly involving heart failure and function....
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Vaccine Injury: A Brief History & Your Rights

 Since 1988, the first year in which such records were kept, there have been more than 15,000 claims filed in the United States for personal injury caused by vaccination. The year with the highest number of cases filed was 2003, in which nearly 3,000 claims – one-fifth of the aggregate total – were filed, followed by 2004. According to theHealth Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a branch of the U.S....
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Low T Therapy: Medical Breakthrough or Unnecessary Risk?

Testosterone therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years as discussions of male hypogonadism have become more commonplace. Male hypogonadism occurs when a man has low levels of testosterone, shorthanded as low T. To help overcome low T levels, men undergo testosterone therapy to help the body produce the correct levels of hormones that it would not otherwise sufficiently produce....
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Septal Heart Defects and SSRIs

Several years ago reports were released regarding antidepressant medications and the link to birth defects. In 2009, noted by WebMD, a study reported that women who take antidepressants during pregnancy may risk that their baby will have a heart defect. And the risk of the baby being born with a defect is greater when the used antidepressant is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)....
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Viagra Study Shows Link to Skin Cancer

A recent Health Professional Follow-Up Study (HPFS) has found that erectile dysfunction drugs (such as Viagra) are linked to an increased risk of a dangerous type of cancer. The study showed that men who were taking Viagra were nearly 85 percent more likely to develop melanoma (a fatal type of skin cancer) than those who were not....
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