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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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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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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Emails Show FDA Was Warned of Duodenoscope Infection Risks Six Years Ago

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received warnings nearly six years ago about the risk of “superbug” infection from specialized medical scopes. The devices have been tied to a series of deadly superbug outbreaks.

In 2009, after duodenoscopes were linked numerous drug-resistant infections in Florida hospital patients (and to 15 deaths), epidemiologists at the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the infections occurred because hospitals were having trouble properly cleaning the scopes, USA Today reports. Continue reading

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Lumber Liquidators CEO Unexpectedly Resigns Amid Product Safety Concerns

Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch unexpectedly resigned Thursday following weeks of struggles over safety concerns related to its flooring products.

The Toano, Va.-based company will search nationally for a replacement, the company said. Thomas Sullivan, Lumber Liquidators founder, will serve as acting CEO, USA Today reports. Lynch also stepped down from the board of directors. John Presley, its lead independent director, will be non-executive chairman of the board effective immediately. CFO Dan Terrell will leave the company in June. Continue reading

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Indian Food Inspectors Order Instant Noodle Recall over Dangerous Levels of Lead

Food inspectors in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have ordered Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi instant noodles from stores across the country because the product contained dangerous levels of lead.

India’s Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) said high lead content was found during routine tests on two dozen packets of instant noodles, manufactured by Nestle in India, Reuters reports. Continue reading

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Takata Air Bag Recall Expands to Nearly 34 Million Vehicles

Takata Corp., under pressure from safety regulators, has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, doubling the number of cars and trucks affected and making this the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

The problem is that the chemical that inflates the air bags can explode with great force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment, Newsday reports. Thus far, the faulty air bags are responsible for six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Continue reading

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Study Shows Link between Volume of Robotic Prostate Surgery and Complication Rate

Study Links between Robotic Prostate Surgery & Complications

Study Links between Robotic Prostate Surgery & Complications


Research presented at the meeting of the American Urological Association suggests an association between the volume of robot-assisted prostate surgery at a hospital and complication rates for the procedures.

Hospitals with the fewest robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) procedures had a 14.7% complication rate, while complications occurred in about 5.7% of cases at the highest-volume hospitals, MedPage Today reports. Continue reading

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FDA Expects to Issue Near-Total Ban on Trans Fats

FDA Expects to Issue Near-Total Ban on Trans Fats

FDA Expects to Issue Near-Total Ban on Trans Fats


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may issue a near-total ban on trans fats as early as this week, Politico reports. Foods contain trans fats if they list “partially hydrogenated oils” as an ingredient. It has been widely used in recent decades because it increases shelf life, enhances texture and helps food keep its color. However, it has been shown cause significant health problems. According to the American Heart Association, trans fats increase the risk fo heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes; they raise the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower good cholesterol (HDL).

The move to ban almost all trans fats stems from the Obama administration’s efforts to promote a healthier American diet. The ban may include very select exemptions, but most uses of trans fat as in ingredient will no longer be valid. The use of trans fat in food products has been reduced 85 percent over the past decade, and the ruling could reduce it even more. Continue reading

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Patient Experiences to Become Part of Medical Device Reviews

Patient Experiences to Become Part of Medical Device Reviews

Patient Experiences to Become Part of Medical Device Reviews


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing guidelines that will incorporate patients’ experiences with medical devices into the regulatory review process.

Working together, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium, a collaboration of the device industry, the FDA, and the National Institutes of Health, released a draft framework for device makers as they collect patient-preference information and submit the data to the FDA when seeking device approvals, Roll Call reports. The draft calls for the FDA to incorporate patient input in reviewing new device applications. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider this issue as it works on legislation called 21st Century Cures. Continue reading

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Following Whistleblower Allegations, Congressional Hearing Probes Allegations of Improper Use of Federal Charge Cards

Allegations of Improper Use of Federal Charge Cards

Allegations of Improper Use of Federal Charge Cards


On Thursday, a congressional hearing was held to investigate whether or not federal charge cards were improperly used at the Department of Veterans Affairs. KUSA reports that the hearing stems from a whistleblower’s letter stating that purchase cards were used without proper contracts, alleging that the VA illegally spent as much as $6 billion a year. The practice of using the purchase cards without contracts had been ongoing for years, the whistleblower said. Continue reading

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FDA Warns Newer Type 2 Diabetes Drugs May Cause Ketoacidosis

FDA Warns Newer Type 2 Diabetes Drugs May Cause Ketoacidosis

FDA Warns Newer Type 2 Diabetes Drugs May Cause Ketoacidosis


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that some of the newer Type 2 diabetes medicines—canagliflozin (Invokana), dapagliflozin (Farxiga), and empagliflozin (Jardiance)—may cause ketoacidosis, a serious condition where the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. Patients with ketoacidosis may require hospitalization.

The FDA is continuing to investigate the issue and will determine whether changes are needed in the prescribing information for this class of drugs, called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Continue reading

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CVS Agrees to $22 Million Settlement in Florida Painkiller Case

CVS Agrees to $22M Settlement in Florida Painkiller Case

CVS Agrees to $22M Settlement in Florida Painkiller Case


CVS Health Corp. has agreed to a $22 million settlement with the federal government over allegations that two of its retail stores located in Sanford, Florida distributed controlled substances based on prescriptions that had not been issued for legitimate medical purposes by a health care provider.

A.D. Wright, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and A. Lee Bentley, III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced the settlement. The settlement resolves all civil matters between CVS, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the state of Florida, the company revealed in a regulatory filing. CVS said the funds for the payment were accrued in previous fiscal periods, the Wall Street Journal reports. Continue reading

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