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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs in Light of Contamination Issues

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be reviewing Medtronic’s InductOs following reports of contamination problems at a site that manufacturers one of the product’s components. InductOs is an implantable bone development product used in patients undergoing spinal fusion in the lower back and in surgeries to repair broken tibia. The kit InductOs is sold as contains its active ingredient dibotermin alfa and an absorbable collagen sponge (ACS) manufactured by Integra LifeSciences.

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) reports that the contamination problems were from a site in the United States that manufactures the ACS in InductOs. In January 2014, inspectors identified “a number of major deficiencies” and Integra was issued a corrective action plan. Because of the contamination issues, the company was not allowed to import the sponge to the EU until inspectors could return and “assess the progress in eliminating the major deficiencies”. Continue reading

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UPPAbaby Strollers and RumbleSeats Recalled for Choking Hazard

UPPAbaby Strollers and RumbleSeats Recalled

UPPAbaby Strollers and RumbleSeats Recalled


On July 23, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 79,000 UPPAbaby strollers in the U.S. and Canada because the foam covering of the bumper bar could pose a choking hazard.

The recall includes the UPPAbaby 2015 CRUZ and 2015 VISTA strollers and 2015 RumbleSeats. The child can bite off and choke on the foam covering of the bumper bar. Continue reading

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Children’s Breathing Difficulties Prompt Recall of Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy Tubes

Children's Breathing Difficulties Prompt Recall

Children’s Breathing Difficulties Prompt Recall


Infants and children switched from older to newer models of Medtronic Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy tubes developed breathing difficulties and this prompted Medtronic Inc. to recall 8,192 of the tubes in May.

In its recall announcement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there had been 12 reports of serious injuries associated with the Shiley tubes, but no deaths have been reported to date. Continue reading

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Berkeley’s Cell Phone Radiation Warning is First in US

Berkeley’s Cell Phone Radiation Warning is First in US

Berkeley’s Cell Phone Radiation Warning is First in US


Berkeley’s cell phone ordinance, which requires retailers to warn consumers about the potential risk of radiation with cell phones, is the first measure of its kind to be passed. In May, the City Council unanimously passed the ordinance, titled Right to Know. The law goes into effect next month and warns consumers that “you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure” to radiofrequency radiation by placing a cell phone into a bra or in a pants pocket. The warning also states that “The potential risk is greater for children” according to the New York Times.

Berkeley’s ordinance brings up questions about whether or not other cities will adopt a similar law. The city is known for its progressive actions, and has passed legislation that are sometimes seen as radical but are later implemented in other places, including health benefits for domestic partners, smoking bans, Styrofoam bans and creating sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. “If you can get it passed in Berkeley, you have a beginning,” said Berkeley Council member Susan Wengraf, according to NYT. “If you can’t, forget it, or come back three years later.” Continue reading

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Stronger Warning Label Placed on Non-Aspirin NSAIDs

Stronger Warning Label Placed on Non-Aspirin NSAIDs

Stronger Warning Label Placed on Non-Aspirin NSAIDs


The warning labels on non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are being strengthened to reflect the the risk of heart attack and stroke, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The agency already warned of this risk in 2005, but has updated the label after an expert panel reviewed new safety data. NSAIDs, which are available in many over-the-counter (OTC) products such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve, are widely used. Raising awareness about potential risks is important and wide-reaching.

The revised warning says that the painkillers may increase the risk of stroke or heart attack in the first few weeks and that the risk can increase when they are used for longer periods. The risk also increases with higher doses. The revised label will also reflect that patients with or without heart disease or other risk factors can face an increased risk of stroke or heart attack with NSAID use, although patients with risk factors or heart disease are more likely to experience these events. The FDA notification states that “A large number of studies support this finding, with varying estimates of how much the risk is increased, depending on the drugs and the doses studied.” Continue reading

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FDA Investigating Potential Health Risks of Brain Deposits of Gadolinium-Based MRI Contrast Agents

Health Risks of Brain Deposits of Gadolinium-Based MRI

Health Risks of Brain Deposits of Gadolinium-Based MRI


Recent studies have shown that gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) deposit in the brain of some patients who have repeated scans. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating possible health risks of such deposits.

Recent publications in the medical literature—including an article published in March in Radiology—have reported that deposits of GBCAs remain in the brains of some patients who undergo four or more contrast MRI scans, long after the last administration of the agent. The FDA says it is not known whether gadolinium deposits are harmful or can lead to adverse health effects. Continue reading

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Study: Antibiotics Associated with Increased Risk of Juvenile Arthritis

Antibiotics Associated with Increased Risk of Juvenile Arthritis

Antibiotics Associated with Increased Risk of Juvenile Arthritis


The use of antibiotics was linked to an increased risk of cancer in a study conducted by researchers from Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania and Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Findings showed that children who were exposed to antibiotics were twice as likely to develop juvenile arthritis compared to those who were not. As additional courses of antibiotics were taken, the risk increased; the risk was strongest within one year of taking antibiotics. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers conducted the study in light of evidence suggesting that children may be more likely to develop chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, when exposed to antibiotics. “Antibiotics are one of the better known disruptors of human microbial communities,” said lead author Daniel Horton, a postdoctoral research fellow working in the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and biomedical informatics master’s degree candidate in the Rutgers School of Health Related Profession. Continue reading

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Class 2 Recall Issued for Nearly 2,000 Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps

Class 2 Recall for 2,000 Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps

Class 2 Recall for 2,000 Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps


Medtronic has recalled nearly 2,000 units of its MiniMed 640G insulin pumps, according to a notification posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website. The device was distributed in the following 10 European countries: Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Medtronic intends to submit the pump for PMA submission later this year, Fierce Medical Devices reports.

According to the recall notice, there may be instances where “the set Bolus screen will not timeout, which could cause confusion by showing a bolus amount that is no longer appropriate.” The recall was designated as Class 2 by the FDA, meaning that exposure to the recalled device might lead to temporary or reversible adverse events or that there is a low risk of serious events. Continue reading

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Chrysler Agrees to Record Fines and Penalties and Must Buy Back Defective Vehicles

Chrysler Agrees to Record Fines & Penalties

Chrysler Agrees to Record Fines & Penalties


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could pay up to $105 million in fines and penalties and must buy back defective vehicles in an agreement with the federal government that will also require an independent monitor to oversee future vehicle recalls.

The automaker may have to buy back more than half a million vehicles with defective suspension parts if owners wish to sell those vehicles back to Chrysler, Fortune reports. Continue reading

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Woman’s Eyesight Endangered by Serious Side Effect of Tylenol

Woman’s Eyesight Endangered by Tylenol Side Effect

Woman’s Eyesight Endangered by Tylenol Side Effect


After taking Tylenol when she felt sick on vacation, an Indiana woman suffered a serious skin reaction like burns, over 40 percent of her body, and doctors are fighting to save her eyesight.

Stricken while vacationing near Bowling Green, Kentucky, Donna Emley, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. Stevens-Johnson is usually a reaction to medication or an infection, according to the Mayo Clinic. Emley was sent to the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment. Continue reading

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