RxWatch is constantly monitoring drug safety alerts, FDA Warnings and major medical journals to stay on top of the latest vital safety information for pharmaceuticals, over the counter medications and other consumer products so that we may alert you as quickly as possible after dangerous side effects and serious medical risks become known. In most cases, these dangerous drugs remain on the market and continue to be used by millions of unsuspecting Americans.
Below are pharmaceuticals, over the counter medications and other consumer products that RxWatch is most concerned about. Over 100 million Americans use these products, all of which have been the focus of alarming medical studies
Research since the 1970's has demonstrated an increase in the risk of ovarian cancer from using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. Numerous medical studies have concluded that feminine dusting with talcum powder increases the ovarian cancer risk by as much as 41%. Onder Law recently won a $72 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson. Read the RxWatch Talcum Powder Alert
Proton pump inhibitors, one requiring a prescription but now available over the counter, are some of the most widely used medications in the world for treating conditions such as heartburn and acid refult. They are now being considered as one of the most over-prescribed medications in the world and may have increased the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease by 50%. Read the RxWatch Nexium/Prilosec/Prevacid Alert
This antibiotic is routinely used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections. Recent medical reports show an increase in aortic injuries, specifically aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection, both of which can rupture, creating a life-threatening medical emergency. This warning applies to both past and current Levaquin usage. Read the RxWatch Levaquin Alert
These Type 2 diabetes medications use saxagliptin to control blood glucose without causing weight gain. However, Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR have now received FDA Warnings after being linked to an increased risk of heart failure in a significant medical study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read the RxWatch Onglyza/Kombiglyze XR Alert
Xarelto is a blood thinner used to prevent blood clots, which can prevent stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and related medical conditions. It has been linked to a risk of internal bleeding, which has resulted in death in some patients. Read the RxWatch Xarelto Alert
This is a Type 2 diabetes drug manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It initially received fast-track approval, but medical studies now show Invokana may cause diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, cardiac problems, even death. Read the RxWatch Invokana Alert
A leader in cancer research at Harvard University asserts that perhaps 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer can be blamed each year on perineal talc use in the US. Despite the existence of evidence that talc-based products are dangerous and can cause cancer, talc is not regulated in the US. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, about 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed, while 14,030 women will die as a result of ovarian cancer in the US.
Roundup weed killer, manufactured by Monsanto, uses a chemical called glyphosate, which the World Health Organization labeled as a probable carcinogen in 2015. Roundup is the most popular of all glyphosate-based herbicides. As little as 8 hours of Roundup exposure has been linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia. Millions of gardeners, landscapers, farmers and others have been exposed to Roundup cancer risks.
Physiomesh is a form of surgical mesh that has been used in hernia repair surgeries. Ethicon Physiomesh was used in ventral hernia repair and has been pulled from the market due to a high failure rate. Persons with Ethicon Physiomesh have experienced an array of complications that include pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion or scar-tissue buildup, intestinal blockage, bleeding, perforation, organ damage, and the need for revision surgery.