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Major Blood Pressure Medication Recall

Federal investigators recently discovered potentially cancer-causing impurities in dozens of medications that are used to treat high blood pressure, resulting in a major recall. Valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan are being traced to a pharmaceutical ingredient known as N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), which is an ingredient that was formerly used to make rocket fuel, antioxidants, and lubricant additives.  [….]


Freeway Accident Takes Life of Paparazzo Taking Photographing Bieber’s Ferrari

A photographer died after he was hit by a motorist after taking pictures of a car belonging to Justin Bieber. On New Year’s Day, Christopher J. Guerra, 29, was taking pictures of a Ferrari registered to Beiber involved in a traffic stop. The vehicle was on the side ofL.A.’s Sepulveda Boulevard near the Getty Center [….]


Generic Version of Cholesterol Medication Recalled by Manufacturer

The maker of a generic brand of Lipitor has recalled the drug after some batches were found to contain glass particles. Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., discovered the problem with certain lots of 10-, 20- and 40-milligram doses of the drug, known generically as atorvastatin calcium. The 80-milligram dosage does not appear to be affected. [….]


Indiana Health Agency Waited to Tell Public of Tainted Steroids

As the number of deaths from the tainted steroids used for back pain treatment rise, it is reported that the state of Indiana knew about the problems with the steroids before notifying the public about problems with the product. Over the weekend it was reported that the total number of people who have died from [….]


Recalled Products Linked to Menigitis Outbreak Distributed to Illinois Hospitals

Another 49 hospitals and clinics in Illinois may have received the recalled pharmaceutical products that are linked to the meningitis outbreak that has occurred across the nation. A list of clinics and hospitals that could possibly have the recalled products distributed by the Massachusetts pharmacy was listed on the Food and Drug Administration’s website and the Illinois [….]


Rare Meningitis Outbreak Widens to 23 States

More cases have been reported in the bacterial Meningitis outbreak that stemmed from an injected steroid. As of Monday morning, CNN stated there are more cases of a rare fungal meningitis caused by a tainted batch of steroid than previously announced. Officials in 23 states are working to notify thousands of patients who received the [….]


GlaxoSmithKline Fined $3 Billion for Health Care Fraud by the Justice Department

The Justice Department of the United States announced that GlaxoSmithKline LLC has agreed to pay a $3 Billion fine as well as plead guilty to promoting two of their drugs for unapproved uses and failing to disclose safety information with a third drug. In a practice known as off-label marketing, prosecutors stated that GlaxoSmithKline promoted [….]


One million birth control packs recalled by Pfizer

One million packs of birth control have been recalled by Pfizer after it was found that there was a packaging error that increases the risk of pregnancy. The affected products include the Lo/Ovral-28 tablets, and its generic forms, with the expiration date between July 2013 and March 2014. The products were distributed throughout the U.S. [….]


Patients sue after receiving faulty hip replacements

DePuy Orthopaedics, a hip replacement manufacturing company is now being sued by thirteen Illinois and Indiana residents after they experienced complications after having hip replacement surgery. Depuy issued a voluntary recall of two hip replacement products last month, but only one was used in the U.S. Over a 5-year period 12 to 13 percent of [….]