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FDA: Irbesartan lots recalled over likely carcinogen

FDA: Irbesartan lots recalled over likely carcinogen

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Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A drug company has recalled more irbesartan blood pressure medication after discovering a potential human carcinogen. Prinston Pharmaceutical, doing business as Solco Healthcare, has voluntarily recalled of eight more lots of irbesartan blood pressure medication after detecting trace amounts of impurity in an active pharmaceutical ingredient, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The ingredient in question contains N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), "a substance that occurs nationally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes" and has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable human carcinogen. NDEA was manufactured by a factory in China called Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, which has been lin...
Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital

Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital

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Two patients have died after contracting a fungal infection caused by pigeon droppings at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said an elderly patient died but from an unrelated cause.Another infected patient has also died but the factors contributing to the death are still being investigated.A non-public room, thought to contain machinery, was identified as a likely source. An investigation is under way.A NHSGGC spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the families at this distressing time."Due to patient confidentiality we cannot share further details of the two cases."The organism is harmless to the vast majority of people and rarely causes disease in humans."NHSGGC confirmed a small number of vu...
Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

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The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense. The Sackler family came under heavy scrutiny this week when a legal filing in a Massachusetts case asserted that family members and company executives sought to push prescriptions of the drug and downplay its risks. Those revelations are likely to be a preview of the claims in a series of expanding legal challenges. Members of the family that controls Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma are also defendants in a lawsuit brought by New York's Suffolk County. Few, if any, other governments have sued the family so far. But Paul Hanly, a lawyer representing the county, said he expects to add the Sacklers to ot...
In #MeToo age, APA has new guidelines for psychologists talking about masculinity

In #MeToo age, APA has new guidelines for psychologists talking about masculinity

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How is a man supposed to act? What is masculinity and when does it become toxic? And how should psychologists approach the concept of masculinity when seeing patients? These are questions an increasing number of psychologists must consider as dialogue around toxic masculinity, sexual abuse and harassment and the #MeToo movement continues across the country. Most recently, an ad for the razor company Gillette prompted many men to throw away their Gillette products in a defensive protest. The ad asked men to be better, to stand against toxic masculinity and stop excusing sexual harassment, bullying, and fighting as “boys will be boys.” The ad was released just days after the American Psychological Association (APA) published new guidelines that are meant to help mental healt...