In a marketplace increasingly populated by environmentally conscious consumers, companies have been adapting by offering “greener” products. Unfortunately, many companies are misrepresenting or exaggerating the eco-friendly nature of their wares, a form of false advertising that has become known as “greenwashing.”
The NYTIMES reported over the weekend, that a Veteran’s Affair Medical Center, located in Philadelphia, PA, had a “rogue cancer unit … that operated with virtually no outside scrutiny and botched 92 of 116 cancer treatments over a span of more than six years — and then kept quiet about it.”
A new study from the May 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) entitled "Acid-Suppressive Medication Use and the Risk for Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia" has found that hospital patients who are given certain heartburn drugs like Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid are at higher risk for pneumonia than those who are not given these medications. In fact, the study determined that there was a 30% increased risk for pneumonia among hospital patients taking these types of medications, called proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs).
This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified doctors and other healthcare professionals about the risk of serious liver injuries, including liver failure and death, related to use of the antithyroid drug Propylthiouracil. Propylthiouracil is considered a second-line drug to Methimazole in the treatment of hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease. Methimazole only had five reports of serious liver injuries associated with it compared to the thirty-two (32) reported cases associated with Propylthiouracil. Thirteen of those thirty-two cases resulted in death.