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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Study Illuminates Danger of Transvaginal Mesh

Posted in Vaginal Mesh

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition which has been swarmed with controversy as all reparatory methods haven’t led to a sufficiently-high success rate to allow for continued use.  As medical science advances, there have been a range of methods for attempting to solve the issues caused by pelvic organ prolapse, and currently, the use of… Continue Reading

Study Shows: Effexor Use in Pregnancy May Cause Birth Defects

Posted in Effexor Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Venlafaxine (Effexor) has become a popular antidepressant medication, used to treat major depression and anxiety disorders in adults.  The antidepressant has been widely used, seen as a highly effective medication for patients across a broad demographic.  A current study conducted by Kara Polen, et. al. concerned itself with the lack of research done on Venlafaxine’s… Continue Reading

Washington Post: Complications of transvaginal mesh “not rare”

Posted in Vaginal Mesh

An article found on The Washington Post’s website clarified the current discussion surrounding the emerging number of complications seen in connection to the use of transvaginal mesh in the repair of pelvic organ prolapse.  The article summarized a statement issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that reported that complications due to the use… Continue Reading

Concerns about Transvaginal Mesh Safety

Posted in Vaginal Mesh

In recent years, transvaginal mesh kits have been used more and more regularly in the repair of pelvic organ prolapse.  A current controversy has emerged as to the safety of such products as more often than not, they are under-tested for their safety for patient use.  A recent article published on the CommonHealth website provides… Continue Reading

FDA Calls for Further Analysis of TVM Products

Posted in Vaginal Mesh

With the increased use of transvaginal mesh kits in the repair of pelvic organ prolapse, there has been a rising controversy to the safety of such products.  It is often observed that the these relatively-new products are not properly tested to determine their safety, and with the ever increasing number of new versions of transvaginal… Continue Reading

Report: Bard, Inc. Withheld Transvaginal Mesh Safety Information

Posted in Vaginal Mesh

A startling discovery was made recently as it was uncovered that officials at CR Bard Inc. hid the flaws in their transvaginal mesh products in order to allow for continued sales.  The transvaginal mesh devices made by Bard were made with plastics deemed, “unsuitable for human implantation.”  The executives at Bard made use of the… Continue Reading

Record Seizure of Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Public Health

A recent international online pharmacy crackdown has led to over $41 million in illegal drugs confiscated.  These counterfeit drugs were part of a wave of over 1,600 websites that were shut down during the series of busts conducted by U.S. and international regulators.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed that it used federal… Continue Reading

SynchroMed Infusion Pump Kills 14

Posted in Devices, SynchroMed Infusion Pumps

Recently, it has been reported that SynchroMed infusion pumps manufactured by Medtronic have been found to have four major flaws that have led to 14 patient deaths, leading to a massive FDA recall on SynchroMed devices.  In June, Medtronic notified customers about the flaws which may interfere with the safety and reliability of the SynchroMed infusion pump… Continue Reading

Danger of SynchroMed Infusion Pump

Posted in Devices, SynchroMed Infusion Pumps

Since the 1980s, the SynchroMed pump by Medtronic has been the leading intrathecal drug delivery system.  The most recent model, the SynchroMed II, is designed to be a programmable drug delivery system that stores and delivers pain medication into the intrathecal space via a sub-dermal catheter.  While the Synchromed II pump has been reported to have… Continue Reading

SynchroMed Pumps Unsafe for Commercial Use

Posted in Devices, SynchroMed Infusion Pumps

In recent news, there has been a massive mandatory recall for infusion pumps produced by the medical device company Medtronic.  These “SynchroMed” infusion pumps are implantable devices which release medication through a programmable administration system, allowing patients to undergo continuous medicative treatment without the need to orally or intravenously inject medication on a daily basis…. Continue Reading

Humira Recall for Mislabeled Packaging

Posted in Humira

Recently, Abbott Laboratories issued a recall for “four lots of Humira (adalimumab) Pen Psoriasis Starter Package with 4 single use prefilled pens of Humira for subcutaneous use only, 40 mg/0.8mL. The following lots and expiration dates (Exp) are being recalled because the some of the Humira Psoriasis Starter Packages may have been mispackaged with the pens placed… Continue Reading

29% of patients require second surgery following TVM use

Posted in Vaginal Mesh

With 29% of patients requiring reoperation following the use of transvaginal mesh for the repair of vaginal wall prolapse, controversy has surrounded the emerging trend of using vaginal mesh regularly for vaginal repair procedures.  The controversy is most pointed in respect to the lack of positive research surrounding the use of the range of transvaginal… Continue Reading

Exceedingly-High Rate of Transvaginal Mesh Failure

Posted in Vaginal Mesh

With over one tenth of all women with pelvic organ prolapse requiring surgery, researchers have begun to dedicate time and effort towards finding safe and effective methods to achieve higher satisfaction for patients.  Transvaginal mesh systems have emerged commercially over the past decades to try to reduce the failure rate of surgical pelvic organ prolapse… Continue Reading

Transvaginal mesh associated with serious complications

Posted in Vaginal Mesh

The use of transvaginal mesh (TVM) in repair of genital prolapse has become more popular in recent years, but with this has come a controversy over the safety of procedures involving TVM.  As many studies have shown that the use of transvaginal mesh can lead to serious complications for the patient, researches and designers have been… Continue Reading