Product Alerts

Pradaxa (dabigatran)

by on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Use: acts as a blood “thinner” and is promoted to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation Issue: Pradaxa has also been reported to cause internal bleeding without the… Continue Reading →

Defective Hip: The Zimmer, Inc. Durom Cup

by on Friday, February 4, 2011

The Zimmer, Inc. Durom Cup (also known as Durom Acetabular Component) was phased out of the market. The company cited low sales as the reason. However, in the spring of 2008, Dr. Lawrence Dorr with… Continue Reading →

Metal-On-Metal Knee Implants (Zimmerman NexGen Knee Implants)

by on Friday, February 4, 2011

Use:  Used in knee joint reconstruction. Issue:  Breakdown of metallic surfaces and abnormal wear.  Implants loosening and patients have to go through additional operations. FDA Action/Recommendation: In 2008, adverse event reports began to surface in… Continue Reading →

Bisphosphonate (Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Didronel, Aredia and Skelid)

by on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Use: Osteoporosis treatment Issue: Can cause osteonecrosis of the jaw, a condition that results in chronic pain and disfigurement and is difficult to treat; long bone fractures; and esophageal cancer. FDA Action/recommendation: This news came… Continue Reading →

Yaz

by on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Use: Birth control pill Issue: Has been linked to serious problems, including stroke, blood clots, DVT and pulmonary embolism, that could be caused by the type of synthetic progestin in Yaz birth control called drospirenone.… Continue Reading →

Actos (pioglitazone)

by on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Use: Treats type 2 diabetes. Issue: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that data from an ongoing, 10- year epidemiological study designed to evaluate whether Actos (pioglitazone) is associated with an increased risk of bladder… Continue Reading →