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

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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier

Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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FDA Rules on E-Cigarettes Anticipated by Health Experts

FDA_Rules_on_E-CigarettesThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to issue its first regulations on electronic cigarettes by the end of the month, NBC reports; many health experts are awaiting what the regulations will say. Many would like the new rules will strictly limit the e-cigarettes, which have brought up concerns among some who think they keep smokers addicted rather than help them quit, but are realistic about the actual outcome.   Continue reading

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FDA Proposes Program to Expedite Access to High-Risk Medical Devices

FDA-Approvals-Medical-DevicesThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new program that would give earlier access to certain high-risk medical devices, but some are saying that the approach only benefits medical device companies. According to HealthData Management, the agency is seeking public comment on the proposal and is touting it as a “collaborative approach to facilitate product development under the agency’s existing regulatory authorities” that “seeks to reduce the time associated with product development” instead of current programs that have “focused on reducing the time for the premarket review.” Continue reading

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Protease Inhibitors Used to Treat HIV May Increase Diabetes Risk

protease_inhibitors_may_increase_diabetesNew research suggests that patients with HIV using protease inhibitor regimens long term may have a higher risk of diabetes. The study, published in Diabetic Medicine, found that the HIV infection by itself does not seem to increase the risk of diabetes, however. Continue reading

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Jury Awards Man $4 Million Over Mistaken Diagnosis, Related Surgery

Verdict_Against_Prominent_NeurologistA jury has awarded a man nearly $4 million in damages over an incorrect diagnosis and unnecessary surgery.

The man says he was disabled and is sick following treatments by neurologist Dr. Dale Lange, according to CBS New York. “I went through a lot of unnecessary stuff; a lot of pain; eventually lost my wife and family over all this—and I’m like, you know what? He did me wrong,” he said. Continue reading

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Otterbox Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $4.3M

Otterbox_Settles_Lawsuit_for_$4.3MOtter Products LLC, the company that makes OtterBox smartphone and tablet cases, has settled a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the company violated federal law by underpaying customs duties, North Colorado Business Report reports. According to U.S. Attorney John Walsh’s office, the company has paid $4.3 million to the U.S. government. The statement was announced Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Continue reading

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Generic-Drug Failure Prompts FDA to take Action

FDA_takes_action_Generic_Drug_FailureGeneric drugs, non-name brand medications that cost far less than the brand-name, came under greater scrutiny recently after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned imports of treatments made from two Indian facilities (Ranbaxy Labs and Wockhardy Ltd). The agency was forced to halt sale of generic drugs from these facilities due to drug safety. This spurred fear in the FDA and consumers alike, who are less likely to take generic drugs if they develop a reputation for being dangerous-even if they safe and just as effective. Generic medications make up nearly 80 percent of US prescriptions. Continue reading

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Disabled Man Settles Delta Lawsuit, Alleges He Was Forced to Crawl On and Off Two Separate Flights

Disabled_Man_Settles_Delta_LawsuitA partially paralyzed man claims that Delta Airlines workers forced him to crawl on and off two flights in 2012. The lawsuit, brought in 2013, has just been settled.

The Maui man sued Delta over allegations that airline workers forced him to crawl on and off the flights the prior year and that the airline did not provide a wheelchair or other assistance on either of the 2012 flights, according to the Associated Press (AP). Continue reading

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This Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

DEA-National-Prescription-Drug-Take-Back-Day-April-2014National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for April 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., local time. The program seeks to offer a safe, convenient, and responsible way in which to dispose of prescription medications, according to the Department of Justice

The program is also meant to educate the general public about the potential likelihood of medication abuse, the Department of Justice indicates. Appropriately disposing of medications helps fight one of the key ways in which young people access drugs and develop substance abuse problems, wrote the Mercury News. Continue reading

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Study: Codeine Use in Children Poses Dangers

Codeine_Poses_Dangers_in_ChildrenAlthough there are recommended limits on codeine use in children, a new study reveals that codeine is prescribed to pediatric patients in at least 500,000 emergency room visits annually.

According to the decade-long study, in 2010 alone, 3 percent of pediatric emergency room visits led to a codeine prescription. With over 25 million ER visits involving children annually, too many children are being prescribed the painkiller, the study authors say, according to the Associated Press (AP). What’s more, there are better options available for children, the researchers note. Continue reading

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e-Cigarette Ban Sought in Glen Cove, New York

e-Cigarette_Ban_Sought_in_Glen_Cove_New_YorkMayor Reginald Spinello of Long Island’s Glen Cove seeks to include e-cigarettes under ordinances that also include traditional cigarette bans.

Mayor Spinello told Newsday that Glen Cove’s city ordinances should be amended and that the town attorney will be looking at the language necessary for a City Council resolution that would ensure that Glen Cove city’s anti-smoking ordinances would be more comprehensive.

“The hope is that when we talk about ‘no smoking’ they should say that includes e-cigarettes, too,” the mayor told Newsday. The mayor seeks to have Glen Cove follow in the examples of other municipalities that have enacted comparable prohibitions.
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