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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

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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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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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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

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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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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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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