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A photo of a pharmacy, representing Zantac products no longer existing on pharmacy shelves.

Zantac and Ranitidine Products Removed from U.S. Market

Ashley Lombardo · April 1, 2020

On April 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested immediate removal of Zantac products from the U.S. market, including all prescription and over-the-counter medications containing ranitidine.

News
Image of lab technician putting together e-cigarettes, representing the e-cigarette deadline postponement.

E-Cigarette Deadline Postponement Requested Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

James Parker · April 1, 2020

The FDA filed a request with the courts to postpone the deadline for e-cigarette makers to prepare approval and testing justifications, a decision motivated by complications arising from COVID-19.

News
Nurse giving coronavirus vaccine to man, representing the J&J Covid contract for COVID-19 vaccine research.

J&J COVID-19 Contract Allocates $456 Million For Vaccine Research

James Parker · March 31, 2020

J&J signed a COVID-19 contract with the U.S. government for vaccine research, becoming the largest monetary amount spent on a vaccine project in history, despite not yet having a product in production.

News
A photo of an empty courtroom due to the  COVID-19 shutdown of courts.

Johnson & Johnson Talc Appeal Unhindered by COVID-19 Shutdown

James Parker · March 30, 2020

A Missouri appellate court set an April 24 date for Johnson & Johnson’s $4.69 billion talc appeal, despite the Missouri Supreme Court’s cancellation of all April arguments to reduce COVID-19 exposure.

Legal Developments
Image of Hayley Cranberry Small, a chronic illness patient taking immunosuppressants.

Patient Stories: Taking Immunosuppressants During the Coronavirus Pandemic

S. Nicole Lane · March 30, 2020

The public, by now, knows that the elderly and those with serious health issues such as cancer, diabetes, lung disease and heart disease are high risk, but people taking immunosuppressant drugs fall into the high-risk category as well. 

Patient Stories
Image of courthouse representing the New York coronavirus restrictions permitting certain types of legal work.

NY Coronavirus Restrictions Permit "Essential" Legal Work

James Parker · March 27, 2020

With the recent order to increase social distancing protocols in New York, law firms are not considered an "essential business." However, specific types of legal work are deemed essential, such as emergency family hearings and criminal cases.

News
A mother holding her child's hand, representing delays to Zofran bellweather.

Zofran Bellwether Delay Halts Litigatory Momentum

James Parker · March 27, 2020

The first bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation involving Zofran, an anti-nausea medication that may cause birth defects, has been indefinitely postponed.

Legal Developments
Screengrab from the movie Osmosis Jones.

What We Can Learn From 'Osmosis Jones' During a Global Pandemic

Tess Francke · March 27, 2020

'Osmosis Jones,' a 2001 movie, provides insight into how the human body fights pathogens, plus tips on how to stay healthy and other fundamental topics that can help us better navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Features
Screengrab from the movie Osmosis Jones.

What We Can Learn From 'Osmosis Jones' During a Global Pandemic

Tess Francke · March 27, 2020

'Osmosis Jones,' a 2001 movie, provides insight into how the human body fights pathogens, plus tips on how to stay healthy and other fundamental topics that can help us better navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Features
A photo of a person washing their hands amid the coronavirus pandemic.

MT Weekly: Major COVID-19 Developments

MedTruth Editors · March 26, 2020

This week, MedTruth is focusing on the coronavirus. Here’s a summary of key developments from regulatory agencies and justice department officials regarding COVID-19.

News
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Medical Device Removal Surgeries Delayed by Coronavirus Pandemic

Nicole Knight · March 26, 2020

Patients who have been implanted with medical devices face uncertainty over when they can have an unwanted device removed or receive treatment for device-related complications.

News
Image of eyeshadow on woman's fingers, representing the FDA finding asbestos in cosmetics.

FDA Finds Asbestos in Cosmetics, Consumer Protection Bill Introduced

James Parker · March 25, 2020

The FDA's year-long probe into potential asbestos contamination in talc-containing cosmetic products and baby powder is over, and the results are in: contamination was found in 9 out of 52 samples.

FDA Regulation
Simulation of a COVID-19 virus representing how ibuprofen/Advil interact with the coronavirus.

Does Advil Worsen Coronavirus Symptoms?

Tess Francke · March 23, 2020

Though there’s no research specifically on ibuprofen and COVID-19, according to French Health Minister Olivier Véran, drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin prolong coronavirus symptoms, and he recommended acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead.

Research + Findings
Still from Dallas Buyers Club, part of 4 health films to watch during coronavirus crisis.

4 Entertaining Health Films to Watch During Coronavirus Crisis

MedTruth Editors · March 20, 2020

As COVID-19 progresses and states begin to shelter-in-place, people are searching for movies to watch. From 'Thank You For Smoking' to 'Five Feet Apart,' here are a few Hollywood films depicting interesting, relevant public health concepts to keep you thinking and entertained.

Health Features
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Meet the Local Organizations Providing Free Narcan in Los Angeles

Ashley Lombardo · March 19, 2020

Local organizations Community Meeting, End Overdose and LA Department of Public Health come together to fight the opioid crisis in different ways. Educating people on how to get and use Narcan in Los Angeles is one significant effort.

Health Features
A photo showing the signature yellow Community Meeting t-shirt, which says

Meet the Local Organizations Providing Free Narcan in Los Angeles

Ashley Lombardo · March 19, 2020

Local organizations Community Meeting, End Overdose and LA Department of Public Health come together to fight the opioid crisis in different ways. Educating people on how to get and use Narcan in Los Angeles is one significant effort.

Health Features
Photo of woman with Elmiron complications struggling to read.

Research Suggests Elmiron May Cause Complications With Vision

James Parker · March 19, 2020

Studies have shown an association between Elmiron complications and retinal abnormalities, which may cause difficulty in reading and adapting to changes in light.

Research + Findings
Illustration of pills representing off-label prescriptions.

1-in-5 Prescriptions Are Off-Label: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You

Carah Wertheimer · March 17, 2020

One-in-five U.S. prescriptions are written “off-label,” meaning in a manner that has not been approved by the FDA, including antidepressants, antipsychotics and seizure medicine.

Health Features
Illustration of a crowd of people wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

How the Coronavirus Affects the Medical Supply Chain

Benjamin Duong · March 16, 2020

The U.S. faces a shortage of coronavirus testing kits, revealing flaws within the medical supply chain.

Health Features
Image art from Netflix's The Pharmacist.

Netflix’s Docuseries 'The Pharmacist' Depicts One Man’s Fight Against Opioid Corruption

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 13, 2020

'The Pharmacist' tells the story of Daniel Schneider’s heart-wrenching search for his son’s killer and ultimately shows the opioid crisis through his eyes — a Louisiana-based pharmacist.

Health Features
Pregnant woman taking Zofran for nausea representing the 500 cases pending against GlaxoSmithKline.

Hundreds of Cases Against Zofran Manufacturer Still Pending

Nicole Knight · March 13, 2020

More than 500 cases are pending against GlaxoSmithKline, claiming the drugmaker aggressively marketed Zofran to pregnant women without informing them of the potential risk of birth defects.

Legal Developments
A photo of a young hand holding a JUUL e-cigarette.

More States Sue JUUL As FDA's Regulatory Deadline Approaches

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 11, 2020

As more states file suit against Juul, the vaping manufacturer prepares to submit an application to the FDA to prove that e-cigarettes benefit smokers more than they harm teenagers.

Legal Developments
Map representing the coronavirus spread.

Understanding the Coronavirus: Myths & Prevention

James Parker · March 10, 2020

An overview of coronavirus symptoms, prevention measures, resources and myths debunked.

News
Small pieces of plastic in a mesh sifter taken out of the ocean, representing our exposure to microplastics.

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Microplastics

Tess Francke · March 9, 2020

Invisible pieces of plastic hide in everyday household dust, shampoo, toys, soup can linings, electronics, cosmetics and numerous other products.

Health Features
Child being given insulin by parent, representing insulin price capping in Illinois.

Insulin Price-Capping Extends to Illinois

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 6, 2020

In January, Illinois became the second state to enact legislation capping insulin at $100 per month.

News
Person with a Medtronic MiniMed 600 series insulin pump which was recalled by the FDA.

Hundreds of Thousands of Medtronic Insulin Pumps Recalled

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 6, 2020

Medtronic has recalled about 322,000 defective insulin pumps used by type 1 diabetics. The pumps from the MiniMed 600 series can deliver too much or too little insulin due to missing or broken retainer rings.

FDA Regulation
Illustration of a head representing mental illness and the Electrical Stimulation Devices ban.

FDA Bans Electrical Stimulation Devices After Identifying Substantial Risk

James Parker · March 5, 2020

The FDA has banned electrical stimulation devices, used for self-injurious or aggressive behavior, due to significant psychological and physical risks.

FDA Regulation
Man holding white pills representing Zantac multidistrict litigation.

Corporations Accused of Allowing Excess NDMA in Zantac MDL

James Parker · March 4, 2020

A Zantac multidistrict litigation hearing was held to decide how to proceed with over 100 lawsuits filed alleging that the makers of Zantac and its counterparts concealed fatal defects in the drug’s ingredients.

Legal Developments
Photo of a woman holding her dyed hair, representing the cancer risk linked to hair dyes and straighteners.

Chemical Hair Dyes and Straighteners May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Benjamin Duong · March 2, 2020

Use of hair dyes and chemical hair straighteners may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, with black women being at an increased risk compared to white women.

Research + Findings
A photo of a woman holding generic drugs in her hands, scrutinizing the beige pills after hearing the Bottle of Lies podcast.

'Anamnesis' Podcast Delves Into Manufacturing Issues With Generic Drugs

Kimberly Nicoletti · February 28, 2020

In a recent episode of the “Anamnesis” podcast, investigative journalist Katherine Eban discusses the substandard conditions for manufacturing generic drugs.

Health Features
Person holding a JUUL, representing the AG probe investigations into Juul Labs.

38 States Unite to Investigate JUUL Labs

James Parker · February 27, 2020

State attorneys general are leading a probe into whether Juul had illicitly marketed its e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids despite not being approved by federal regulators for that purpose.

Laws + Congress
Person with chronic pain journaling to release emotions and past trauma in order to heal.

Can Chronic Pain Be Relieved by Releasing Difficult Emotions?

S. Nicole Lane · February 27, 2020

Nicole Sachs believes chronic illness can be born inside of the body from unresolved trauma. Here are two stories sharing experiences with Sachs' approach to healing chronic pain.

Patient Stories
Woman on laptop reading MT weekly's latest topics on J&J Asbestos Settlement, EPA to Regulate PFAS.

MT Weekly: J&J Asbestos Settlement, EPA to Regulate PFAS

Carah Wertheimer · February 25, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the latest baby powder settlement, the EPA's new regulations on PFAS, plus a study on the impacts of chemical exposure during pregnancy.

News
Photos of Joycelyn Elders, Mae Jemison and Emmett Chappelle for Black History Month.

Black History Month 2020: Honoring Leaders in Health and Medicine

MedTruth Editors · February 25, 2020

In honor of Black History Month 2020, MedTruth is highlighting the contributions of five Black Americans in the healthcare field.

Health Features
Belviq weight loss drug pills spilled out of the bottle after it was withdrawn over cancer concerns.

Weight Loss Drug Belviq Withdrawn Over Cancer Concerns

S. Nicole Lane · February 24, 2020

The FDA requested a manufacturer recall of the weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) after studies showed an increased risk of cancer.

FDA Regulation
Netflix Broken mini-series logo showing recycling waste, Juul, makeup and dangerous furniture.

Friday Film: Netflix's 'Broken' Mini-Series Exposes Product Dangers and Deceit

S. Nicole Lane · February 21, 2020

The Netflix mini-docuseries “Broken” details the harmful and fraudulent ways in which manufacturers create cheap products at the public’s expense, including counterfeit makeup and low-quality furniture.

Health Features
Girl applying cosmetics that may damage DNA in breast cells.

Are Breast Cells Damaged By Sunscreen, Cosmetic and Personal Care Chemicals?

Carah Wertheimer · February 19, 2020

Chemicals in common personal care products may damage DNA in breast cells at acute exposures, according to a study.

Research + Findings
A photo of a woman of color on a laptop representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, FDA halting illegal medical device shipments from India, the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into generic drug price-fixing.

MT Weekly: How Poor Sleep Affects Diet, Guilty Execs in Generic Price-Fixing

Carah Wertheimer · February 18, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into generic drug price-fixing, an FDA action to halt illegal medical device shipments from India, plus a women's health study on how poor sleep affects diet.

News
FDA signing medical device approvals.

FDA's New Policy Loosens Medical Device Approval Process

Nicole Knight · February 18, 2020

The FDA has exempted more than 200 types of medical devices and testing products from safety and effectiveness reviews after a new policy went into effect Dec. 30.

FDA Regulation
Group of teens talking about the E-cig ban.

What the New E-Cig Ban Got Wrong on Youth Vaping

Nicole Knight · February 13, 2020

New federal limits prohibit the sale of mint, fruit and candy-like flavors in refillable e-cigarettes, but loopholes leave wiggle room for marketing targeted at a younger demographic.

Laws + Congress
A photo of a person on a laptop representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, risks of diabetes drug Avandia and concerns about general anesthesia during C-section.

MT Weekly: Coronavirus Updates, Risks of Diabetes Drug Avandia

Carah Wertheimer · February 12, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the coronavirus, risks of diabetes drug Avandia and concerns about general anesthesia during C-section.

News
Canadian flag representing the Zantac alternatives shortage in Canada.

Canada Faces a Zantac Alternatives Shortage

Benjamin Duong · February 11, 2020

Canada is facing shortages of heartburn medications after a Zantac recall led to an increase in demand for alternatives.

News
Girl using personal care products linked to early puberty.

Early Puberty in Girls Linked to Personal Care Products

Carah Wertheimer · February 11, 2020

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals commonly found in personal care products have been linked to early puberty in girls in a recent study.

Research + Findings
Woman applying sunscreen containing potentially harmful chemicals.

6 Chemicals in Sunscreen Absorbed by Your Body

S. Nicole Lane · February 10, 2020

Sunscreen is an essential protectant against skin cancer, but it may contain harmful chemicals that do not meet safety regulations.

Research + Findings

National Trial Lawyers Summit Hosts First-Ever Women's Leadership Forum

Andrea Sarcos · February 6, 2020

Nearly 50 trial lawyers gathered at the Women’s Leadership Forum, a dedicated development session in support of women in the profession, at the National Trial Lawyers Summit in Miami, Florida.

Legal Developments
A photo of a morning table with a newspaper, coffee, cell phone and more, representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, an HIV clinical trial and J&J developments.

MT Weekly: Trump's Medicaid Proposal, Judges Rule in J&J Cases

Carah Wertheimer · February 6, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the coronavirus, a discontinued clinical trial for HIV vaccines, Trump's Medicaid block grant proposal and recent J&J rulings.

News
A photo of money, representing the February 2020 J&J talc fine.

J&J Fined More Than $180 Million for Asbestos Contamination

James Parker · February 6, 2020

A New Jersey jury imposed a now-reduced verdict of three-quarters of a million dollars in punitive fines to Johnson & Johnson.

Legal Developments
A photo of a morning table with a newspaper, coffee, cell phone and more, representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, an HIV clinical trial and J&J developments.

MT Weekly: Trump's Medicaid Proposal, Judges Rule in J&J Cases

Carah Wertheimer · February 6, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the coronavirus, a discontinued clinical trial for HIV vaccines, Trump's Medicaid block grant proposal and recent J&J rulings.

News
Doctor part of a PPI intervention program discussing PPI prescription to patient.

Do Intervention Programs Reduce Unnecessary PPI Use?

Benjamin Duong · February 3, 2020

A December 2019 study looked at an intervention program meant to decrease the inappropriate use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in Harris County, Texas.

Research + Findings
Image of supplement pills filled with colorful substances.

What’s in Your Supplements? Dangerous Ingredients to Look Out For

S. Nicole Lane · January 31, 2020

Dietary supplements may contain harmful hidden pharmaceutical ingredients. Watch out for these 15 toxic ingredients that can cause organ damage, cancer, cardiac arrest and various other ailments.

Health Features
Photo from chronic illness documentary Trust Me, I'm Sick showing Ezra Wheeler, an Ehlers-Danlos syndrome patient, reading a book in bed

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' A Female-Led Documentary Series on Chronic Illness

Annie Simon · January 31, 2020

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' a short documentary series following the everyday lives of five individuals, works to create an accurate portrayal of people living with chronic illness.

Health Features
Photo from chronic illness documentary Trust Me, I'm Sick showing Ezra Wheeler, an Ehlers-Danlos syndrome patient, reading a book in bed

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' A Female-Led Documentary Series on Chronic Illness

Annie Simon · January 31, 2020

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' a short documentary series following the everyday lives of five individuals, works to create an accurate portrayal of people living with chronic illness.

Health Features
A stock photo of a judge writing a decision, representing the January 2020 Ethicon mesh judgement in California.

California Ethicon Mesh Judgement Results in $344 Million Fine for J&J

James Parker · January 30, 2020

Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary is set to pay $344 million for failing to inform consumers about the risks of transvaginal mesh.

Legal Developments
Man with brain fog covering face with hands, experiencing fatigue and inflammation.

Does Chronic Inflammation Cause Mental Fatigue?

Tess Francke · January 29, 2020

A study on inflammation and fatigue reveals that a specific brain network is affected by inflammation, which could lead to brain fog, a symptom experienced by many autoimmune disease patients.

Research + Findings
A photo of a young boy drinking a water bottle, which may expose him to BPA.

Study Finds Much Higher BPA Exposures, FDA Dismisses Safety Concerns

Carah Wertheimer · January 29, 2020

A study published in December 2019 raises serious questions about the accuracy of the FDA’s methods for testing BPA levels in humans.

Research + Findings
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro at the People's Rally in Washington D.C.

5 Powerful Quotes About Patient Safety by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Carah Wertheimer · January 28, 2020

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has fought for equal pay for women, the creation of middle-class jobs, and wellbeing for veterans, along with public health and patient safety issues.

Health Features
A photo of a person typing in reference to the FDA's recognized consensus standards for medical devices.

FDA Updates Recognized Consensus Standards for Medical Devices

Benjamin Duong · January 28, 2020

The FDA published more than 80 additions, withdrawals or modifications to its list of recognized consensus standards for medical devices in the U.S. market, impacting devices such as cardiovascular stents and nails used to secure implants to bones.

FDA Regulation
Doctor using a recalled Ethicon surgical stapler.

Ethicon Stapler Recall Removes Over 90,000 Units From Circulation

James Parker · January 27, 2020

The FDA is enforcing an Ethicon stapler recall after units were ejecting malformed staples.

FDA Regulation
A photo of a Macbook and coffee, representing MedTruth Weekly, which focuses on the Coronavirus in the U.S., a shortage of surgical gowns, FDA panel on testing for asbestos in cosmetics and the sentencing on opioid executives.

MT Weekly: Deadly Coronavirus Enters U.S., FDA Endorses Cosmetic Asbestos Testing

Carah Wertheimer · January 27, 2020

This week, MedTruth summarizes international efforts to contain the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus, an FDA panel recommendation for asbestos detection in cosmetics, and the sentencing of corrupt executives involved in prescription opioid crimes.

News
A photo of a young man vaping, unaware that e-cigarettes can cause asthma, bronchitis and other chronic lung issues.

Study Links E-Cigs to Multiple Chronic Lung Diseases

Benjamin Duong · January 23, 2020

A study published in Dec. 2019 found that the use of e-cigarettes increased risk for chronic lung diseases including asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research + Findings
Photo of a young woman pressing fingers to forehead to alleviate pain caused by early cataracts and LASIK

Early Cataracts and LASIK: Seeing the Link

S. Nicole Lane · January 22, 2020

Recent reports from young people who underwent LASIK and suffered cataracts in the years that followed have incited medical curiosity surrounding the link between the sight-improving surgery and the life-altering medical condition.

Patient Stories
Woman using skin cream that causes a mysterious allergic reaction.

Breakthrough Discovery Sheds Light on Longstanding Skin Rash Mystery

Carah Wertheimer · January 22, 2020

Why do cosmetics, shampoos and skincare products cause skin rashes in some people? A Science Immunology study answers: specific ingredients in personal care products trigger an immune response.

Research + Findings
Photo of doctor's hands on laptop keyboard submitting electronic approval of medial device after mandated by the FDA

FDA Final Rule Requires Medical Device Submissions in Electronic Format

Nicole Knight · January 21, 2020

As of Jan. 15, 2020, the FDA requires electronic submission of medical device premarket applications in efforts to increase approval transparency and cut down on paperwork.

FDA Regulation
A photo of a doctor using a stethoscope to listen to the breathing of an elderly man who developed respiratory complications from gabapentin.

FDA Gabapentinoid Warning Focuses on Respiratory Complications

James Parker · January 21, 2020

The FDA issued a warning about respiratory depression and serious breathing difficulties in patients using gabapentin. Certain factors, including pre-existing respiratory complications and opioid use, may increase the risk.

FDA Regulation
Young woman reads MT Weekly on her laptop, learning about Talc-Cancer Link Challenged, Supreme Court to Address Contraceptives

MT Weekly: Talc-Cancer Link Challenged, Supreme Court To Address Contraception

Carah Wertheimer · January 21, 2020

Last week's recap of medical includes the latest update on the Supreme Court's plans to address religious and moral exemptions to the Affordable Care Act, a recent study denying the link between talc and ovarian cancer, U.S. binge drinking figures and preventative measures taken by the CDC to protect the nation from disease that broke out in China.

News
A black and white photo of the tools in the OncoGenesis cervical cancer screening test which can be taken at home due to improving technology

iPap: The Emerging Future of Cervical Cancer Screening Technology

Tess Francke · January 21, 2020

A new, at-home cervical cancer screening test may just revolutionize early detection, especially in international markets that lack the infrastructure to provide easy access to doctors and regular pap smear tests.

Women's Health
A photo of a woman with a bone fracture, potentially caused by warfarin bone loss.

Warfarin Linked to Higher Risk of Bone Fractures, Study Shows

Benjamin Duong · January 20, 2020

A recent study from researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that warfarin had a modestly higher risk of bone fractures compared to other kinds of blood thinners.

Research + Findings
Man institutionalized by the Baker Act looking out a window.

How Florida's Baker Act Impacts Suicide

S. Nicole Lane · January 16, 2020

The Baker Act allows for certain at-risk patients to be held involuntarily for up to 72 hours in a mental health facility. Though this law is meant to protect patients, many say resources provided to patients were inadequate upon leaving the facility.

Laws + Congress
A photo of a file of legal complaint, representing the Boynton Beach Zantac lawsuit.

Boynton Beach Zantac Lawsuit Filed by Local Woman

James Parker · January 15, 2020

A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Zantac manufacturers deliberately allowed an unsafe product to remain on the market.

Legal Developments
Person reading a newspaper, representing MT Weekly news.

MT Weekly: End of Essure, Virus Outbreak, Allergan's Alleged Anti-Litigation Clause

Carah Wertheimer · January 14, 2020

The end of Essure, a mysterious virus, a drop in U.S. cancer death rate and more news to begin 2020.

News
Mother holding child whose hand is under tap water contaminated with PFAS.

Is Your Drinking Water Contaminated With Toxic PFAS?

Tess Francke · January 14, 2020

PFAS, a group of synthetic chemicals, have reached toxic levels of contamination in drinking water sources in the U.S. Consumer products such as pans and rugs may contain PFAS as well.

Research + Findings
A photo of a truck storing Zantac in the sun, as exposure to heat during storage and transportation causes the heartburn medication to become contaminated with NDMA.

Exposure to Heat During Storage Causes Zantac Contamination

Benjamin Duong · January 14, 2020

Heat is the culprit causing carcinogenic NDMA contamination in Zantac, according to recent testing by Emery Pharma. A citizen petition requesting a total suspension of ranitidine products has been submitted to the FDA.

News
A photo of an Asian pharmacist removing medications from the pharmacy shelf, representing the recent news around the FDA Ranitidine recall.

More Companies Pull Heartburn Meds to Participate in FDA Ranitidine Recall

James Parker · January 13, 2020

Appco Pharma and Denton Pharma have voluntarily recalled generic versions of Zantac (ranitidine) to align with the FDA's efforts to remove drugs from circulation that may contain more than 96 nanograms of NDMA per million nanograms of ranitidine.

FDA Regulation
Photo of copper IUD to represent the female patients reporting cobalt toxicity from IUD contraceptive.

Patients Poisoned by Copper Toxicity Describe Neurological Impacts of IUD

S. Nicole Lane · January 13, 2020

Patients who suffered copper toxicity from IUD contraceptives recount the adverse mental health impacts they experienced, raising concern surrounding the safety of such devices.

Patient Stories
A photo of a woman sitting and facing a public meeting, representing the pending FDA asbestos identification meeting on asbestos in talc.

FDA Schedules Public Meeting to Assess Testing for Asbestos in Talc

James Parker · January 13, 2020

The public meeting may be crucial to qualifying expert witnesses for thousands of plaintiffs involved in national talcum powder cases.

FDA Regulation
Woman reading study about talcum powder and ovarian cancer which underrepresents populations of color.

Study Exploring Talc-Cancer Link Underrepresents Populations of Color

Benjamin Duong · January 13, 2020

A recent baby powder study found an insignificant link between the substance and ovarian cancer, but the study has limitations, including underrepresenting populations of color.

Research + Findings
Photo of copper IUD to represent the female patients reporting cobalt toxicity from IUD contraceptive.

Patients Poisoned by Copper Toxicity Describe Neurological Impacts of IUD

S. Nicole Lane · January 13, 2020

Patients who suffered copper toxicity from IUD contraceptives recount the adverse mental health impacts they experienced, raising concern surrounding the safety of such devices.

Patient Stories
Diabetic testing glucose levels for generic insulin use.

Pre-Qualification Program for Generic Insulin

Benjamin Duong · January 9, 2020

Insulin in the U.S. is costly, with a lack of generic insulin leaving diabetics with few options. The WHO is launching a pilot program to prequalify generic insulin products in hopes of increasing access to this vital drug.

News
A photo of a man touching his through as he experiences viral gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu, linked to PPI use.

Overuse of Everyday Heartburn Medications Increase Risk for Stomach Flu

Benjamin Duong · January 9, 2020

Studies have linked the off-label use of PPIs, a common class of heartburn medications, to an increased risk of viral gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu.

Research + Findings
A photo of white pills, representing the FDA's metformin probe to assess if it contains unsafe levels of NDMA.

FDA Metformin Probe Investigates Potential NDMA Hazard

James Parker · January 8, 2020

An investigation will determine whether the diabetes drug metformin contains dangerously elevated levels of the carcinogen NDMA, as part of a larger movement to examine a wide spectrum of medications for unsafe levels of contamination.

FDA Regulation
A photo of three teenagers hanging out near a school fence, reading about the PREVENT act to end vaping among teens on their cellphones.

PREVENT Vaping Act Seeks to Educate Teens About E-Cigarettes

James Parker · January 8, 2020

PREVENT, a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, intends to end the vaping epidemic among teens by supporting CDC efforts to educate youth about associated risks.

Laws + Congress
Woman with anxiety after hysterectomy looks out window, thinking about adverse mental health conditions caused by female surgery

Hysterectomy May Cause Adverse Mental Health Conditions, Study Says

Carah Wertheimer · January 8, 2020

A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic on post-hysterectomy patients indicates that removing a women’s uterus may have more impact on her mental and physical health than previously thought.

Research + Findings
Photo of grieving woman who lays in a field with the weight of loss on piece covering stories of miscarriage.

Stories of Miscarriage: The Untold Truth

S. Nicole Lane · January 8, 2020

More than half of people believe that miscarriage is uncommon. This is a misconception, as 10-20% of all pregnancies end in loss. Read the stories of people who lived it.

Health Features
Person reading a book about chronic illness.

6 Books and Films for Navigating Life with Chronic Illness 

Tess Francke · January 8, 2020

In addition to a network of support, books and films can help those suffering from a condition cope. These resources are tailored to chronic illness sufferers, as they all highlight particular chronic conditions.

Health Features
Photo of women celebrating the removal of birth control Essure from the market.

2020 Kicks Off With Global End of Controversial Birth Control Essure

Carah Wertheimer · January 7, 2020

Controversial birth control Essure finally removed from the market, bringing celebratory remarks from the harmed patients who call themselves the "E-sisters."

News
A stock photo of a woman signing a document, representing the recent midtrial settlement in the California talcum powder mesothelioma case.

Johnson & Johnson Settlement Abruptly Concludes California Talc Trial

James Parker · January 7, 2020

Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs Linda and Mark O’Hagan reached a midtrial settlement without jury verdict, meaning the jury will not be given an opportunity to make a decision that considers the FDA's finding of asbestos in talcum powder.

Legal Developments
A photo of a woman's hand as she hovers over a pill container thinking about which alternative to Zantac she should select.

5 Alternatives to Zantac

Benjamin Duong · January 7, 2020

What are the alternative options to treat heartburn and related conditions? Here are 5 medications to take instead of Zantac.

Health Features
A photo of sterilized vaginal speculum, a medical device that may be sterilized with ethylene oxide.

Ethylene Oxide and Concerns With Medical Device Sterilization

Nicole Knight · January 6, 2020

Ethylene oxide, a gas used to sterilize more than half of medical devices in the U.S., can cause cancer. As agencies begin to regulate the gas, hospitals may face potential medical device shortages due to the lack of an acceptable sterilization alternative.

FDA Regulation
Photo of a woman's hand pulling her medical record as she searches for medical device IDs which can help her learn whether her device was recalled.

How Patients Lose Power Without Medical Device IDs

Nicole Knight · January 6, 2020

Medical device IDs aren't always given to the consumer even though they could be the only thing standing between a patient and the truth about their device implant.

Health Features
A photo of a medical assistant holding a duodenoscope, representing the recent FDA approval for a disposable, single use endoscopy device.

FDA Approves First Single-Use, Disposable Duodenoscope

James Parker · January 6, 2020

The Exalt Model D, manufactured by Boston Scientific, is the first single-use duodenoscope approved for physicians.

FDA Regulation
Photo of woman holding her stomach to indicate stomach pain from imbalanced gut biome causing depression.

Is Depression Linked to the Gut Biome?

Francesca Prato · January 6, 2020

Recent research indicates that the brain-gut connection may have strong implications for future treatment of depression and other mental disorders.

Health Features
A photo of a justice scale representing the Los Angeles jury verdict which found in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a recent mesothelioma cancer case.

Los Angeles Jury Rules in Favor of Johnson & Johnson in Talc Mesothelioma Lawuit

James Parker · December 17, 2019

A jury in Los Angeles found Johnson & Johnson is not liable for causing Pui "Amy" Fong's mesothelioma, deciding its Baby Powder product was not defective nor a substantial threat.

Legal Developments
Fields in Maui where Monsanto illegally sprayed banned pesticides.

Monsanto Loses $10 Million in Maui Pesticide Case

Emma Schkloven · December 17, 2019

Monsanto pleaded guilty to spraying illegal pesticides in Maui, Hawaii, and has agreed to pay $10 million in charges.

Legal Developments
A young woman of color reads the ICIJ report that more woman have been harmed by medical devices than men.

ICIJ Report Shows More Women Injured by Medical Devices

Nicole Knight · December 12, 2019

An ICIJ analysis of the MAUDE database found more women filed medical device-related injury reports than men.

Research + Findings
A patient being operated on by a robotic hernia surgery device.

Robotic Hernia Surgeries Cost More, But Are They Better?

S. Nicole Lane · December 11, 2019

Free hernia screenings may be used as an opportunity to show patients the da Vinci surgical robot, but concerns about the benefits and safety of robotic surgery remain.

Health Features
A photo of a Canadian flag, representing Health Canada's Medical Device Directorate.

Health Canada Introduces Medical Devices Directorate

Benjamin Duong · December 10, 2019

The MDD will allow Health Canada to better regulate medical device technology during its entire lifecycle — from research and development to use by patients and providers.

FDA Regulation
A photo of a person's hand scrolling through their iPhone getting the latest MT Weekly news on the new FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn.

MT Weekly: Hair Dye Linked to Breast Cancer, Senate Recommends FDA Commissioner

Carah Wertheimer · December 9, 2019

While recent reports reveal increased prevalence of measles deaths and prediabetes in adolescents, one recent study indicates a link between hair chemicals and risk of breast cancer. Meanwhile, Dr. Stephen Hahn has been recommended as the next FDA Commissioner after a 18-5 vote by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Here's last week in medical.

News
Woman buying vape liquid after the vaping tax bill was passed in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Passes Vaping Tax, Bans Mint and Menthol Tobacco Products

James Parker · December 9, 2019

A bill imposing a vaping tax and limiting the sale of mint and menthol flavored tobacco products has passed in Massachusetts.

Laws + Congress
Photo of knee and hip implants which were discussed at an FDA Panel addressing metal-containing medical devices and dental amalgam implants.

FDA Panel Reveals: Not All Medical Devices Created Equal

Crystal Duan · December 6, 2019

The FDA hosted a public advisory committee meeting to discuss the adverse health impacts of metals in medical devices, such as dental amalgam, Paragard contraceptives and hip implants.

FDA Regulation
A photo of a woman considering getting breast implants, and a surgeon failing to explain the risks.

Women Sue Allergan for Concealing Breast Implant Cancer Risk

Nicole Knight · December 6, 2019

Six women have filed a complaint alleging the manufacturer Allergan intentionally hid possible breast implant safety risks.

Legal Developments