More and more often, kids are diagnosed with a peanut, egg, or other allergy that causes swelling of the airway. In mild cases, a child may be able to take benadryl and be okay, but at any time, the allergy could turn deadly. For this reason, doctors prescribe an emergency dose of epinephrine in a one shot injection, to be carried with the patient in case of accidental exposure.
The name brand of this injection is Epi-Pen or Epi-Pen Jr, which contains a smaller dose for children. Adults and children alike rely on this device to halt the deadly condition known as anaphylactic shock (when an allergic reaction causes the airway to swell shut.) Continue reading “Allergy Alerts!”
In 2015, Medtronic, a medical equipment supplier, recalled a line of their surgical staplers for failing to fire or firing incompletely.
Surgical staplers typically sever blood vessels and simultaneously staple both ends closed. If the stapler misfires, the severed blood vessel may bleed uncontrollably.
Continue reading “Could A Stapler Be Harmful For Your Health”
A weight-loss procedure involving inserting a silicone balloon into the stomach has been associated with five deaths within the past year.
According to the FDA, Orbera Intragastric Balloon System and ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System were linked to the five deaths. Continue reading “FDA Issues Safety Alert on Balloon Surgery for Obesity Treatment”
Researchers have determined that use of fluoroquinolones could double your risk of suffering an aortic aneurysm. Aortic aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition that may be caused by the side effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Aortic dissection risks are also increased with use of these medications. Continue reading “Warning: Fluoroquinolones Double Risk of Aortic Aneurysm”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently required a new warning for peripheral neuropathy and tendon injuries on a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Drugs in this class include: Levaquin (levofloxacin); Cipro (ciprofloxacin); Avelos (moxifloxacin); and Floxin (ofloxacin) Factive (gemifloxacin). Continue reading “Some Antibiotics Now Labeled with Stronger Warnings Following FDA Decision”
Common over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn medications like Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium are linked to increasing the risk of chronic kidney disease. These drugs are known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI). The OTC heartburn medicine is used to tame heartburn and reduce acid reflux. Continue reading “Heartburn Medications Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid Linked to Kidney Disease”
Gilead Sciences has immediately halted the continuation of six clinical trials. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that the use of Idelaslisib (Zydelig) has led to serious adverse events and several deaths in clinical trial participants. Continue reading “Six Gilead Sciences Trials Halted Following Deaths Involving Idelalisib (Zydelig) Drug”
Benicar, also known as olmesartan, has been linked to dangerous side effects in patients nationwide. The drug is manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories. Daiichi Sankyo is based in Japan. The serious side effects were experienced while maintaining proper dosages of the drug. Continue reading “Benicar Warning: Medication Causes Dangerous and Undisclosed Side Effects”
Following findings that eight patients experienced significant, non-life threatening heart incidents, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. And Active Biotech AB have ceased phase-2 and phase-3 clinical trial studies of Laquinimod. Laquinimod is used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and Huntington Disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires phase 3 clinical trial completion before a drug can obtain approval for distribution on a large scale. Continue reading “MS Drug Laquinimod Linked to 8 Non-Fatal Cardiovascular Events”
Harman Law is investigating complaints of serious injuries and deaths resulting from severe dehydration in patients taking the MS drug Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate). Severe dehydration may lead to blood-clotting or thrombosis, stroke, renal failure, seizure, and shock, among other things. Continue reading “Tecfidera May Cause Dangerous Dehydration”