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Monthly Archives: September 2013

2009 – Scrotal Hematoma, Infection, Material Migration, and Surgical Revision Associated with Penile Prostheses

Posted in Penile Implants

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

Erosion, infection associated with penile prosthesis

Posted in Penile Implants

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

Lipitor Raises Risk for Diabetes by 70%

Posted in Lipitor

With cardiovascular disease being so prevalent today, many medications have been created to treat these diseases.  One such group of medications is statins, which includes medications like Lipitor, Crestor, and others.  Statins are prescribed to treat cardiovascular conditions because they are designed to lower blood cholesterol levels.  The primary mechanism by which they lower cholesterol… Continue Reading

2009 – Nearly 25% of Penile Implants Result in Complications

Posted in Penile Implants

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

Penile Implant Failure Rate 10% at 5 years

Posted in Penile Implants

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

2006 – 1 in 5 AMS Penile Implants Mechanically Unsuccessful

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device… Continue Reading

2009: Study shows SSRIs are unsafe during pregnancy

Posted in SSRI Birth Defects

Many people in the medical world question the safety of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other serotenergic antidepressants when used during pregnancy.  Over 40 million Americans today suffer from depression, anxiety, or other related mental health issues.  There is an ongoing debate about the safety of these drugs and if they possess long term health… Continue Reading

GLP-1 therapy drugs lead to pancreatitis, pancreatitis dramatically increases risk for cancer

Posted in Byetta, GLP-1 Diabetes Drugs, Januvia, Victoza

Author S. Raimondi from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, wrote an article titled “Pancreatic Cancer in Chronic Pancreatitis; Aetiology, Incidence, and Early Detection”.  Chronic pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer are primarily responsible for most of the negative effects of exocrine pancreatic disease.  The pancreas is a flat gland found in the… Continue Reading

SSRIs unsafe in pregnancy and breastfeeding, research shows

Posted in SSRI Birth Defects

Women with pre-existing psychiatric illnesses are considered have an increased risk for depressive episodes during pregnancy.  Due to this elevated risk, many times it is necessary to start a pharmacological treatment of depression during these times.  The aim of a review written by the Department of Mental Health, ASL Salerno 1, District n. 4, Cava… Continue Reading

Victoza, Byetta, Januvia and others can lead to pancreatic cancer

Posted in Byetta, GLP-1 Diabetes Drugs, Januvia, Victoza

Some studies and anecdotal reports have shown that pancreatitis may cause an individual to develop, or be at a higher risk to develop pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatitis is defined as inflammation in the pancreas.  The pancreas produces enzymes that help with digestion as well as produce hormones that regulate the way your body processes sugar.  Pancreatitis… Continue Reading

Celexa associated with negative birth outcomes

Posted in Celexa Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Long term spatial and egocentric learning and memory deficits and serotonin reductions were shown to be connected with the use of methylenedioxymethamphetamine.  5-HT is a neurotrophic factor that may influence neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, and target field-  organization during brain development.  The objective of a study done by the  Division of Child Neurology, Department of Pediatrics at… Continue Reading

2012: Celexa sister drug associated with negative birth outcomes

Posted in Celexa Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Escitalopram are prescribed for depression and anxiety.  Over 40 million Americans suffer from depression or anxiety, leading these to be the most common mental illness in the United States today.  The Department of Motherisk Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, conducted a study titled “Pregnancy Outcomes Following… Continue Reading

2011 – Antidepressants linked to congenital malformations

Posted in SSRI Birth Defects

Antidepressant drugs are commonly used during pregnancy.  Fetus Exposure to these drugs may have some unwanted side effects.   The Department of Histology and Embryology, 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, in Czech Republic, conducted a study called “Antidepressant Drug Exposure During Pregnancy.  CZTIS small prospective study”, where they investigated the risk assessment of SSRI exposure… Continue Reading

2012 – Study shows Effexor linked to birth defects

Posted in Effexor Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Studies have shown that 3 percent of pregnant women are treated with antidepressants during gestation.  This percentage is found to slightly increase after delivery of the baby, from 5-7 percent.  Fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, citalopram, and venlafaxine (VENF) are all serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors that are most commonly prescribed during pregnancy…. Continue Reading

2012 – Study shows SSRIs assoc. with increased risk for PPHN

Posted in SSRI Birth Defects

The objectives for a study done by the  Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology, Department of Medicine Solna, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, titled “Selective Serotonin reuptake Inhibitors During Pregnancy and Risk of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn: Population Based Cohort Study from the Five Nordic Countries”, was to determine if maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake… Continue Reading

2006 – “All SSRIs” carry risk for birth defects, particularly Paxil

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed to people suffering from depression.  This often includes pregnant women, due to the increased risk of complications when a pregnant mother is suffering from untreated depression.  Unfortunately, the medications prescribed to pregnant women with depression have also been associated with malformations of the fetus.  Many studies… Continue Reading

2013 – Paxil and other antidepressants are associated with increased risk for birth defects

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Many studies have been conducted to assess the risks of taking antidepressant medication during pregnancy.  Despite all the information collected, treatment of depression in pregnant women is still sub-optimal due to conflicting conclusions being reported in these studies. In order to resolve this apparent conflict of information, a study was conducted to combine and analyze… Continue Reading

2010 – Study finds strong association between SSRI use and birth defects

Posted in SSRI Birth Defects

Several studies have been conducted on the safety of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) taken to treat depression during pregnancy.  Unfortunately, the data from studies examining the associations between SSRI use during pregnancy and congenital malformations are inconsistent. Since the publishing of these inconsistent data regarding SSRI use and congenital malformation, many secondary studies have… Continue Reading

2007 – Paxil shown to have birth defects link

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Antidepressants are commonly taken by women of childbearing age who suffer from depression.  Quite a bit of research has been conducted on the side effects of using such medication in pregnant women.  Researchers are primarily concerned with the teratogenic risk of such drugs.  (“Teratogenic” refers to malformations observed in the embryo or fetus.) One medication… Continue Reading

2007 – Paxil, SSRIs associated with risk for fetal malformations

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Paroxetine (marketed under the brand name “Paxil”) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) commonly prescribed to treat women suffering from depression during pregnancy.  Many warnings have been issued against Paxil use during pregnancy as a result of conflicting findings associated with first trimester usage of paroxetine.  These findings focus on the teratogenic risks of… Continue Reading