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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Xarelto Mass Tort Organized in Philadelphia

Xarelto Mass Tort Organized in PhiladelphiaXarelto Mass Tort Organized in Philadelphia

Judge Kevin Dougherty ordered the creation of a mass tort, transferring roughly 75 cases involving the blood thinner Xarelto to the court’s Complex Litigation Center.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Jury in Washington State Awards $1 Million to Plaintiff “Perceived” as Whistleblower

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OriGen VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters Recalled Due to Risk of Tube Separation

OriGen Biomedical recalled one lot of 51 VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters, according to a recall alert posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website. The devices were recalled due to the risk of the clear extension tube separating from the hub in which it is inserted. Intervention may be needed to prevent permanent impairment or damage if this occurs. The recall affects lot N18549, which expires 09/2018. OriGen knows of at least one product failure, which is associated with a serious adverse event that led to a serious patient injury, the recall indicated. Continue reading

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Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food Over Possible Glass Contamination

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Beech-Nut Nutrition is recalling approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass.

The recalled baby food was produced on December 12, 2014. The following product is subject to recall:

  • 4-oz. glass jars containing “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken”

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9/11 Responders and Workers Release Video Urging Extension of Zadroga Act

An advocacy group for 9/11 responders and clean-up workers, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, has released a video, urging Congress to renew the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The Zadroga Act provides treatment and compensation for those who were injured or became ill after exposure to toxins in the aftermath of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

The World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund— key provisions of the act—will expire in October 2015 and October 2016, respectively, unless the Zadroga Act is renewed. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is leading the effort for the Zadroga Act renewal. Gillibrand was a sponsor of the original legislation in 2010. Continue reading

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Concern About Conflicts of Interest in FDA Dietary Supplement Regulators

Concern About Conflicts of Interest in FDA Regulators

Concern About Conflicts of Interest in FDA Regulators

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing criticism of its regulation of dietary supplements containing a dangerous stimulant. The stimulant is BMPEA, a chemical nearly identical to amphetamine. BPMEA is added to weight-loss and workout products to enhance their effect.

BPMEA has never been tested for safety and effectiveness in humans and is not a permissible ingredient in dietary supplements. The FDA was the first agency to suspect that BMPEA had been added to supplements that listed the little-known plant acacia rigidula among the ingredients. Experts say that plant listings like this are often an indication that the manufacturer is trying to disguise a chemical additive as a natural botanical extract, the New York Times reports. Continue reading

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Tri-Methyl Xtreme Supplements May Lead to Liver Damage, FDA Says

Tri-Methyl Xtreme Supplements May Lead to Liver Damage

Tri-Methyl Xtreme Supplements May Lead to Liver Damage

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that Tri-Methyl Xtreme, a muscle-building supplement sold by Las Vegas company Extreme Products Group, has been linked to liver damage. According to Associated Press, the supplement was linked to three reported injuries in California, New Jersey and Utah. The FDA began investigating the product following these reports.

Tri-Methyl Xtreme claims to contain anabolic steroids, although it is sold as a dietary supplement. Dr. Charles Lee of the FDA drug center’s office of compliance said that anabolic steroids “may have a range of serious adverse effects on many organ systems, and the damage may be irreversible,” according to Wall Street Journal. The FDA warned that these chemicals can also negatively impact cholesterol levels, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, cause masculinity in women and lead to testicle shrinkage. Continue reading

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FDA Warns Wrinkle Cream Maker About Overstated Claims

FDA Warns Wrinkle Cream Maker About Overstated Claims

FDA Warns Wrinkle Cream Maker About Claims

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the beauty industry about some of the claims being made for some of its products. Five warnings letters have gone out to companies since November.

The most recent warning letter went out to StriVectin, whose wrinkle creams are sold by a wide range retailers, including Costco and Nordstrom, the Today show reports. The FDA objects to language in the ads that makes the products seem like drugs, not cosmetics. The language includes Continue reading

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FDA Should Ban Dietary Supplements, Senator Schumer Says

FDA Should Ban Dietary Supplements, Senator Schumer Says

FDA Should Ban Dietary Supplements, Senator Schumer Says

On Sunday, United States Senator Chuck Schumer called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban dietary supplements, WHEC Rochester reports. Schumer says the ban should be implemented due to evidence showing that popular supplement products contain hidden stimulants. Many products contain an addictive, amphetamine-like chemical that is not listed on the label, Schumer said. The senator emphasized that the unknown ingredient can be dangerous for users, and that the FDA should issue a recall.

A recent study published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis identified a number of supplements containing BMPEA, a substance similar to amphetamine. Supplements found to contain the substance include Aro Black Series Burn, Black Widow, Dexaprine XR, Fastin-XR, Lipodrene Hardcore, Lipodrene Xtreme, Stimerex-ES and Yellow Scorpion. Researchers conducted the analysis after being unable to get answers from the FDA, who found BMPEA in nine out of 21 samples in a 2013 study but would not name the products. Continue reading

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FDA Says Diabetes Drug Onglyza May be Linked to Higher Death Rate

FDA Says Diabetes Drug Onglyza Linked to Higher Death Rate

FDA Says Diabetes Drug Onglyza Linked to Death Rate

After conducting a preliminary review of data, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a report indicating that AstraZeneca’s diabetes drug Onglyza may be linked with an increased rate of death. According to Reuters, an FDA advisory panel will meet on April 14 to discuss he risks of Onglyza and another similar drug.

Previous findings from the SAVOR trial, which was comprised of 16,000 patients taking Onglyza, showed that the drug was associated with an increased risk of hospitalization due to heart failure. The FDA reviewed the data and determined that the risk of heart failure is legitimate. Additionally, the FDA found that Onglyza may be linked to an increased risk of death from all causes. Even though the overall trial results did not point to an increased death risk, the agency’s review found that the drug may pose “a significantly increased risk of all-cause mortality,” upon further analysis. Continue reading

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FDA Says Some Generic ADHD Medications May Not be as Effective

FDA Says Some Generic ADHD Medications Not as Effective

FDA Says Some Generic ADHD Medications Not as Effective

The U,S, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised questions about the effectiveness of two generic medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The agency said in November that generic versions of Concerta, the long-acting version of Ritalin, may not be “therapeutically equivalent” to the brand name and may not have the same benefits,

“Two of these generics, so to speak, were not exactly providing the same rate and extent of absorption of medicine that Concerta had,” said Dr. Andrew Adesman of Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical, according to CBS. Continue reading

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