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  • NDMA Discovered in a Second Antacid; Manufacturer Issues Recall
    by Levin Papantonio on January 15, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Drugmaker Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for three lots of the antacid Nizatidine (Axid) after traces of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) were discovered in the active ingredient. Although no adverse events have been reported, Mylan is notifying all... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Is Zantac Turning Into an Industrial Chemical in Your Medicine Cabinet?
    by Levin Papantonio on January 12, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Last month, Drug Safety News featured a story about Valisure, a small, independent pharmaceutical testing lab in Connecticut that discovered carcinogenic NDMA in Zantac. It wasn't outside contamination – it was a problem with the molecule at the heart of the formulation. Like all... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Harvard Researchers Find a “Microbial Toxin” in JUUL Vape Products
    by Levin Papantonio on January 8, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Adding to the list of potential health hazards of “vaping,” a research team at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health has discovered a biocontaminant in JUUL vape oil that can lead to serious, long-term respiratory damage.The contaminant is known as glucan. A form of... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Children Among Glyphosate Cancer Victims in Trials Scheduled for 2020
    by Levin Papantonio on December 17, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Six Roundup cancer cases are scheduled to go to trial right after the New Year, even as Bayer is attempting to negotiate a global settlement in Berlin. Among those plaintiffs are two children who suffer from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), allegedly due to exposure to glyphosate, the... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Traces of NDMA Found in Metformin
    by Levin Papantonio on December 10, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    After traces of carcinogenic industrial chemicals have been found in the common blood pressure medication valsartan, the antidepressant alprazolam (Xanax) and the antacid ranitidine (Zantac), regulators are turning their sights on metformin – an otherwise relatively... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Investigation Proves PG&E's Negligence in Camp Fire
    by Levin Papantonio on December 5, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Last year's Camp Fire, which literally wiped out the town of Paradise, California and killed 85 people, was ultimately caused by an aging power line that PG&E had failed to maintain properly. Furthermore, that egregious example of gross negligence is just one indication of “systemic problems”... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Bayer Mediation Process “Continues Slowly but Steadily,” Says Feinberg
    by Levin Papantonio on November 17, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Prominent mediation attorney Kenneth Feinberg – best known as the architect of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund – recently told the German news magazine WirtschaftsWoche (“Economic Week”) that mediation between Bayer AG and U.S. glyphosate plaintiffs is progressing – but don't look for... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • CPSC to Parents: Avoid Inclined Sleepers
    by Levin Papantonio on November 5, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Citing over 1,100 incidents and 70 infant deaths over the past 14 years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning to parents: do not use inclined sleepers for your babies.The controversy over inclined sleepers came to public attention earlier this year when Fisher-Price, a... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Ethicon Issues Class I Recall for Surgical Staplers
    by Levin Papantonio on November 1, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    On October 3rd Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon issued a Class 1 recall for over 8,200 Echelon Flex 60 Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutters, more commonly known as surgical staplers. Class 1 is the most serious type of recall and indicates that lives are at stake. A... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Study: Tenofovir, Kidney Damage, Body Weight and Blood Pressure
    by Levin Papantonio on October 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    HIV patients who are underweight and/or have high blood pressure do have a higher risk of reduced kidney function when treated with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) as compared to those who have been prescribed an AZT-based medication without protease inhibitors (medications that... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • More Evidence Linking Talcum Powder to Mesothelioma
    by Levin Papantonio on October 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    A new study appearing in the current edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine may provide plaintiffs in talc litigation the most powerful evidence yet discovered linking asbestos-contaminated talcum powder to mesothelioma.The study involved 33 subjects, with six... To read the entire article, click the title above.

  • Glyphosate Trials Delayed as Bayer Seeks Settlement
    by Levin Papantonio on October 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    A number of glyphosate cancer cases that were scheduled to go to trial in the next several weeks have been postponed as Bayer AG attempts to reach a settlement with U.S. plaintiffs, Reuters reported this week. Assisting in the process is prominent mediation attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is... To read the entire article, click the title above.