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Mammogram Quality Problems at Raleigh, NC, Medical Practice

Did you have a mammogram at Richard D. Adelman, M.D., Family Medicine practice in Raleigh, NC? HensonFuerst Attorneys is investigating possible problems with the quality of mammograms performed at this site. On March 24, 2015, the FDA issued a Safety Alert for patients who had a mammogram at that facility any time after August 24, …

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Fire Hazard from Insect Repellant and Sunscreen Sprays

Okay, this makes sense, but I never thought of it before, and now my obsessive/compulsive mind won’t be able to let it go. The FDA has just released a warning about using certain sprays near an open flame, such as a burning grill, campfire, bonfire, candle, lighter, or even a cigarette. Many sprays contain flammable …

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Burn Risk from Common Topical Muscle and Joint Pain Relievers

If you can purchase a medication or cream in a supermarket without a prescription, it has to be safe…right?  Not necessarily. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an advisory for common over-the-counter (OTC) topical muscle and joint pain relievers, including Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall, Icy Hot, and Mentholatum. The various formulations–which include creams, lotions, …

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Celexa Can Cause Heart Abnormalities

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued safety information about popular antidepressant medication Celexa (generic name: citalopram hydrobromide). Celexa is in the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which make more of the brain chemical serotonin available to brain cells. In August 2011, the FDA issued a Drug Safety …

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High-Failure Hip Replacements Sold Overseas

On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, sent a letter to doctors announcing a recall of two of their hip replacement systems, the ASR XL Acetabular System, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Why? Because they have a higher-than-usual failure rates, causing people to have to have second surgeries to …

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Take Medication for Stomach Acid, Beware of Diarrhea

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that a class of medications call Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) is associated with a risk of developing Clostridium difficile-association diarrhea (CDAD). A diagnosis of CDAD should be considered for patients taking PPIs who develop diarrhea that does not improve. The FDA is working with manufacturers to …

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FDA Warns Companies of Deceptive Lap-Band Advertising

Almost everyone wants to be thin, and many people would do anything to have the body of their dreams. For people who are “morbidly obese” or who have one or more obesity-related conditions (such as diabetes or high blood pressure), one option is gastric banding. Gastric banding, such as the popular Lap-Band, is a surgical …

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