Xarelto Drug Causes Irreversible Internal Bleeding

FDA has issued a warning of increased Thrombotic Event (Bleeding and Hemorrhage)! Xarelto is prescribed to prevent strokes in people with arterial fibrillation; as a treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism;  it was first to prevent deep thrombosis in patients undergoing  hip or knee replacement surgery. Xarelto Blood Thinner is under investigation by the FDA. The FDA has received 68– adverse …

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Medtronic Recalls 560,000 MiniMed Paradigm Pumps

A risk of over-delivery of insulin causes the Medtronic Corporation to issue a Class II recall for about 560,000 MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps.  This recall was issued on September 8, 2014, after Medtronic received numerous reports from customers who accidentally programmed the device to deliver the maximum amount of insulin. Delivering the maximum bolus amount could cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) …

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Low-T and Testosterone Therapy Putting Men at Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association links Low-T treatments to increases in Testosterone Heart Attacks and Testosterone Strokes. (Link # 1) With a superabundance of advertising to both patients and doctors over the past decade, Low-T treatment has increased more than five-fold to a $1.6 billion market.  Much of that increase has come from off-label prescription …

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Medtronic Infusion Pump Recalled

Baxter International is recalling its Colleague infusion pumps from the American market under an agreement with federal regulators that sought to fix problems like battery failures and software errors, according to a report in The New York Times. The article goes on to state that the Food and Drug Administration said on April 23 that infusion pumps used to administer drugs and …

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Medtronic Minimed Infusion Pump Recall

Medtronic issued a Class I recall of their MiniMed Quick-set® Paradigm Infusion Insulin pump on June 29, 2009. Thousands of diabetic patients use this device to monitor their blood glucose levels and assist them in the control of their glucose levels by delivering doses of insulin on a pre-determined schedule. RECALL: “Lot 8” Paradigm Quick-Set MiniMed insulin pumps, Reference numbers: MMT-396, MMT-397, …

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Reported issues with LifePort® vascular ports

The LifePort® line of ports, manufactured by Horizon Medical Products, offers a complete line of venous and arterial ports. Recently, we’ve received reports of a potential defect in the Horizon LifePort® line of ports. After being surgically implanted into the body, the catheter may crack and break, causing catheter fragments to travel through the veins into the heart. This can …

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Possible risks from use of Ortho Evra birth control patch

Ortho McNeil, a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary, the makers of the Ortho Evra birth control patch says that women using the patch will be exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen than those using the typical birth control pill because hormones from patches get into the bloodstream and are removed from the body differently than hormones from pills. While both …

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Risk of Operating Room Fire Grows with Use of Electrosurgical Tools and Alcohol based Preps

Late last year Chloraprep manufacturer, Carefusion, changed the labeling on the surgical skin prep product to explicitly state “do not use with electrocautery procedures.” Chloraprep is 70% isopropyl alcohol and is administered as an antibacterial on the skin prior to any incisions during surgery.  A strong push by manufacturers has resulted in ChloraPrep being the sole anti-septic surgical prep solution …

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