Zantac Recalled for Carcinogen Impurity

Zantac was voluntarily pulled from shelves as a “precautionary measure” after it was determined that more safety assessments are needed after 1,500 samples tested positive for a carcinogen impurity. Ranitidine (Zantac) is an H2 blocker used to treat heartburn. It has been on the market since 1981. Doctors write 15 million prescriptions of Zantac a…

Vaping Health Risks

Electronic cigarettes were first developed in the early 1960s, but more than 40 years passed before manufacturers combined a battery, an ultrasonic atomizer, and plastic cartridges with nicotine and flavorants to create the current variants of e-cigarettes. Those components generate moist smokeless air that contains nicotine, flavors, and other substances, supposedly with reduced tar and…

September Is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. There are many ways to get involved with the national movement if you or someone you love has suffered with ovarian cancer. You can join the conversation on social media using hashtags like: #KnowOvarian, #30DaysOfTeal, or #EndWomensCancer. You can donate or participate in a local event by searching Runwalk.ovarian.org.…

Science Links HIV Drugs to Extreme Bone Loss

Scientific research links HIV drugs manufactured by Gilead Sciences Inc. to premature bone loss. Litigation against the manufacturer alleges that Gilead was aware of these risks and downplayed them when marketing the drugs, which net the company billions of dollars in annual profits. The first tenofovir lawsuit was filed against the maker of Truvada in…