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Popular blood pressure medication recalled due to cancer risk

People take prescription medication to address serious medical conditions. In most cases, these drugs work as promised and can help people treat symptoms or even cure diseases. However, manufacturing errors in medications can put consumers and patients at severe risk. A recent international drug recall involving a potentially life-saving medication highlights this risk. A popular off-patent drug designed for decreasing blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart failure has been recalled in 22 countries due to the risk of cancer. However, patients in the United States will find that this drug is still readily available, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not, at this time, recalled recent batches of the drug.

The link between birth injuries and defective drugs

Giving birth to a child who suffered from birth injuries can be a difficult experience, as it can be something that has repercussions for the rest of the child's life. While some birth injuries can be a consequence of unavoidable complications during delivery, many scenarios can be traced back to medical errors, negligence or defective drugs.

How do defective drugs affect patients?

Imagine taking your medications as you're meant to every day. You take the time to go to the pharmacy for refills and to see your doctor to get the medications you need. Suddenly, the medications you take don't seem to be working. You're in more pain than usual, and you have symptoms of withdrawal.

Recall of popular insulin pen highlights defective product risks

When you rely on a medication to keep your body healthy and functioning properly, any mistake can become a serious issue. Diabetes is a chronic, potentially life-threatening medical condition that requires regular monitoring, medical care, and prescribed mediation.

Zimmer Biomet issues recall of Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulators

Zimmer Biomet® has announced it is recalling its SpF PLUS-Mini® and SpF XL IIB® implantable spinal fusion stimulators due to higher than allowed levels of harmful chemicals that may be toxic and deadly to tissues and organs. The FDA has indicated that use of the affected products may cause serious adverse health consequences that include, but are not limited to, chronic infections, additional surgery(ies), hospitalization, paralysis, and even death in some cases.

Faulty cardiovascular devices caused fatality and injuries

When your doctor recommends a medical device for heart issues, you want to believe that the device has been well-designed and properly tested. Sometimes, however, manufacturers of these life-critical devices make mistakes. Most times, those issues result in recall and replacement procedures to ensure that patients aren't put at risk.

Drugs at the center of recalls cause undue harm to patients

The news of drug recalls hitting the market seem to have become a very common occurrence. These defective drugs can sometimes cause  considerable harm to the patients who count on the drugs to help manage medical conditions.

Transvaginal Mesh - the quick fix with no quick fix

Numerous "big-pharma" companies marketed various transvaginal mesh products to tens of thousands of women and their physicians claiming that it would be a "quick fix" for pelvic organ prolapse, stress incontinence, and other related medical issues. In theory, a simple piece of mesh would be implanted into the woman's body to support the pelvic organs. Now these same women who had hoped for an answer to health concerns are being adversely affected by serious complications and problems associated with the mesh. These complication are both painful, and very difficult to fix.

Transvaginal mesh and bladder sling litigation picking up speed

Numerous women throughout the United States have been the recipient of an implanted vaginal sling that was designed to repair pelvic organ prolapse and/or stress urinary incontinence. The slings and mesh products have been developed and marketed by a number of companies, including Johnson & Johnson. Reports of problems with the mesh and sling devices began pouring in shortly after these products became widely used. Complications may include infection, erosion of the mesh, continued urinary problems, pelvic pain, hardening of the mesh material, and injuries to nearby organs.

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