Medical Tests

Low-T Therapy is not for Everyone

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Medical Tests, Product Liability

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is normally associated with women who are suffering through the effects of menopause or other health conditions that result in hormonal imbalance, is a risky proposition for either gender. The mechanism and effects of HRT is not well understood, which is why some doctors decline to put their patients on it until more is known.

But to hear the marketing pitch of drug companies to men who find themselves more interested in sleeping rather than sleeping with someone, Low-T medications is the easy solution for low libido and energy. Low-T therapy is not a magic pill and it definitely isn’t safe for everyone. This is the thinking that has landed a lot of men who believed the hype in trouble with their health, and fueled the recent momentum in testosterone supplement lawsuits. There are cases where Low-T therapy has had a beneficial effect on a patient, but there are no guarantees that it will not make bad to worse.

Although the products in question, specifically Androgel which is manufactured and marketed by Abbvie Inc., have been green-lighted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the regulatory agency emphasizes that the approval was contingent on a finding that the low levels of testosterone is due to injury or health disorder. But the FDA is nevertheless currently conducting a review of these Low-T supplements.

The defendants in ongoing Low-T lawsuits, meanwhile, insist that the health risks of using the products are included in the warning label. It is suggested that the labels need to emphasize these dangers more strongly to prevent harm to at-risk patients. Ongoing studies outside of the FDA investigation are also looking at other health effects that these supplements may have.

If you have been prescribed with Low-T supplements which you believe may have caused your current cardiac problems, you should find a lawyer in your area with experience in handling product liability cases. Pursuing a case against a drug company is always an iffy situation; you want to deal with a law firm with an established reputation for getting results.

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Additional Violations of Intuitive while already in the midst of Crisis

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Medical Tests, Personal Injury, Product Liability

Negative press release, denial of insurance firms to cover robotic surgeries, increase in the number of lawsuits and decrease in demand have all resulted to a quite significant drop in Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s projected shares and sales for 2013.

But probably worse than all those stipulated above is the US Food and Drug Administration’s July 16, 2013, warning letter to Intuitive, due to the latter’s failure to inform the FDA about the communication it sent only to a few medical providers. This warning, which the FDA declared was due to Intuitive’s violation of a federal rule, comes in the midst of lawsuits and product recall that the company is facing.

A number of the violations Intuitive is guilty of include failure of Intuitive to notify the FDA regarding:

  • The robot’s damaged tips, which could definitely injure patients
  • Problems during thyroid surgeries (worse, da Vinci has no clearance to perform this type of surgery)
  • Concerns on the proper flushing and inspection of cannulas
  • Use of the device in surgeries involving children

These issues stem from accusations that the company’s da Vinci surgical robot is dangerous. In the hands of improperly trained surgeons, errors can lead to lifestyle changing injuries in patients who were expecting minimally-invasive procedures with quick recovery times. On top of the challenges Intuitive is facing from the FDA, it is also facing many surgical robot lawsuits.

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A New Painless and More Effective Way to Test for Tuberculosis

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Medical Tests

A new patch designed with small biodegradable needles able to penetrate the skin provides a more convenient and precise way to check for tuberculosis. Compared to the usual hypodermic needles, this patch is easier and much simpler to use, less painful, and has the potential to be more effective, especially where children, who fear needles, are concerned.

While using a hypodermic needle may result to a failed test if the needle is inserted at an incorrect angle or if the solution to check for the disease is injected too shallow or too deep into one’s skin, the patch, which uses micro-needles are guaranteed to deliver results.

Microneedles are actually the latest painless alternatives to hypodermic needles in injecting drugs into the body. These are made from synthetic polymers, metals and silicon and, recently, from natural, eco-friendly materials, like silk and chitin, which are taken from the hard outer shells of certain crustaceans and insects. The tips of these micro-needles are coated with protein derivative, which is actually a necessity when testing for tuberculosis.

Using the patch is just like using a bandage, which may be placed either on an arm or leg. Once applied, the tiny needles create small holes on the skin as the medicine coated on each needle is diffused into the body. With this patch millions of US residents who get a tuberculosis skin test will get the result they want fast and easy. This is also because the micro-needle test leaves a little room for user error.

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