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When Did IVC Filter Use Begin to Decline

Studies Suggest FDA Safety Alert Led To Decline In Use Of IVC Filters For decades, implantable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters were a front-line treatment for trauma patients who were at risk for experiencing potentially deadly thrombotic events, such as stroke, pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), or deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs). However, in recent […]

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Pradaxa May Be Safer Than Warfarin for Some AFib Patients

Pradaxa® Outperformed Warfarin In Study Of AFib Patients Undergoing Catheter Ablation In recent years, Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) has been linked to a number of uncontrollable and even deadly bleeding events. However, a March 2017 study comparing the safety and efficacy of Pradaxa and warfarin found that it may be a safer option for patients […]

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PPI Related Kidney Decline Difficult to Detect

PPI Medications Linked To “Silent” Kidney Damage More than 20 million Americans fill prescriptions for proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Approved for the treatment of gastric-acid illnesses, such as chronic heartburn, peptic ulcer disease (PUD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and […]

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PPIs Linked to Increased Cardio Risks for CAD Patients

PPIs Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Failure And Death In Patients With CAD Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) rely on chronic antiplatelet therapy to mitigate the risks associated with their disease. These therapies often include aspirin and Plavix® (clopidogrel), both of which are notorious for causing gastrointestinal complications. Aspirin puts patients at risk for gastrointestinal ulcers and […]

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How Proton Pump Inhibitors Damage Arteries

Study Offers Clues To How PPIs Damage Arteries Over Time Previous research into the efficacy and safety of acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) suggested a link between long-term use and a myriad of serious health problems, including artery damage and cardiovascular disease. However, until recently, researchers weren't able to explain how these drugs might inflict this damage. A 2016 […]

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How Recalled Hip Implants Impact Stryker Bottom Line

Hip Implant Recalls Negatively Affect Stryker Q4 Earnings Stryker has come under fire in recent years for metal-on-metal hip replacement systems that fail prematurely, necessitating painful and invasive hip replacement or reconstructive surgeries. After voluntarily recalling two such components—the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems—in 2012 over concerns of fretting and corrosion, the problematic devices are finally […]

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Eliquis Outperformed Rivals in Recent Study

Bleeding-Related Costs Lower With Eliquis® Than Rivals Pradaxa® In a recent real-world study comparing the benefits of old-school warfarin and next-generation anticoagulants Eliquis (apixaban), and Pradaxa (dabigatran) for the treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation, Eliquis repeatedly came out on top in terms of efficacy, safety, and controlling bleeding-related costs. The study was presented at the American […]

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Alternatives to Proton Pump Inhibitors

Alternatives To Proton Pump Inhibitors For Heartburn Relief Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec® (omeprazole), Prevacid® (lansoprazole), and Nexium® (esomeprazole) decrease stomach acid by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for its production, effectively treating a variety of peptic acid disorders, such as chronic heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Although quite adept at controlling stomach acid, PPIs have […]

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Metal Hip Alternatives

Alternatives To Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants When natural hip joints fail due to overuse, arthritis, or injury, people often experience excruciating pain and severely limited mobility. For many, a total hip replacement surgery is the answer. In the past, this surgical procedure was reserved for elderly patients, but now patients are much younger, wanting to the […]

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Childhood Asthma Linked to PPI Use During Pregnancy

Finnish Study Links Childhood Asthma Risk To PPI Use During Pregnancy Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, such as Prilosec® (omeprazole) and Nexium® (esomeprazole) are used to treat peptic-acid disorders, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease (PUD), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced gastropathy and chronic heartburn. While PPIs are quite effective at banishing unwanted stomach acid, they've also been […]

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