Belviq, Belviq XR Shows Increase in Cancer

The FDA has requested that the drug manufacturer Eisai, remove their weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) from the market. A safety clinical trial proves that Belviq and Belviq XR cause an increase in cancer.

Eisai submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw the drug.

After the FDA approved lorcaserin in 2012, they required the drug manufacturer to conduct a  clinical trial to evaluate the risk of cardiovascular problems. As a result, a range of cancer types was reported, with several different types of cancers occurring more frequently in the lorcaserin group. These include pancreatic, colorectal, and lung cancers.

RECALL: CrossCath Support Catheters by Cook Medical

FDA.gov – Class I Recall – Due to a Manufacturing Error Which May Cause the Marker Bands to Dislodge or Cause Buckling.

Cook Medical has identified that an error occurred during manufacturing which may cause the radiopaque marker bands to be too loose on certain CXC3.0 CrossCath Support Catheters (compatible with 0.014” wire guides) and too tight on certain CXC3.4 CrossCath Support Catheters (compatible with 0.018” wire guides). Marker bands that are too loose can dislodge from their original position and marker bands that are too tight can cause buckling.

Device Use
The CrossCath® Support Catheters are designed to support a wire guide during access of blood vessels, allow for an exchange of wire guides, and provide a pathway for the delivery of saline solutions or diagnostic contrast agents. The catheters have three radiopaque markers spaced equally along the catheter to aid in estimating lengths within the blood vessels (vascular system).

Listeria Outbreak Proves Fatal

Hard boiled eggs produced by Georgia processor, Almark Foods, have been found to be contaminated by the deadly bacteria, Listeria. The multi state Listeria outbreak has claimed one fatality already in Texas.

The CDC is currently recommending that anyone that is at a higher risk of infection not purchase, nor consume any store bought or restaurant ordered hard-boiled eggs, or purchase or consume any other products that may contain hard-boiled eggs.  This includes but is not limited to pregnant women and their newborns, adults ages 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer or on dialysis.

All hard-boiled eggs that were recently purchased should be thrown out immediately, regardless of packaging, use by date or where they were purchased. The area where they were stored must be thoroughly sanitized, as well as any other surfaces that contacted the eggs. Follow these steps on cleaning your refrigerator, from the CDC.

What is Listeria?

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium commonly found in water, soil, and fecal matter. Humans are most likely to become infected after consuming foods that have been exposed to and are harboring the pathogen.  Foods regularly found to cause listeria outbreaks are deli meats and unpasteurized dairy products.

An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die. The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.”   –CDC.gov

Symptoms

Listeria can cause fever and diarrhea similar to other foodborne germs, but this type of Listeria infection is rarely diagnosed. Just like any other food related pathogen, Listeria can cause the typical fever and diarrhea, and often, this type of infection will go undiagnosed.

An invasive Listeria infection, such as that in a pregnant woman, may cause flu like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle weakness. The worst of this type of infection will often lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Those with weakened immune systems may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and even convulsions with fever and muscle aches, similar to the flu.

The incubation period, or timeframe before someone with invasive Listeriosis starts to feel symptoms, can be between one to four weeks after eating the food contaminated with Listeria.

Strangely, some people can go as late as a little over two months, seventy days, or the same night as they were exposed to the Listeria bacteria.

If you or a member of your family has become ill, or you would like more information, please feel free to contact us 24/7. You can also reach us on social media or call us at 361.882.8284

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Outbreak in Pet Shop Locations

The CDC has announced an outbreak of a form of Campylobacter, gram-negative bacteria that are highly drug-resistant. So far 30 patients have been linked to the outbreak. Several said to have handled puppies at a pet shop chain and a few were employees of the same chain.

Illness from Campylobacter can begin in as little as two days and last a week. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, and bloody diarrhea.

It is important to remember to support your local animal shelters. Always wash your hands after handling any animals.