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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research


The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Possible Listeria Contamination Prompts Whole Foods Recall of Roquefort Cheese

Because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Whole Foods Market has recalled Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese from its stores nationwide.

The listeria contamination was discovered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through routine sampling of the cheese. The found listeria bacteria in an uncut wheel of the cheese, prompting the recall by Whole Foods, Hoop News reports. Continue reading

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Woman Killed, Six Injured, When Truck Runs off the Road in the Bronx

A 37-year-old woman was killed and six people were injured when a Coca-Cola truck crashed into an apartment building after a collision in the South Bronx, police and fire officials said.

The bright red delivery truck hit a building at 759 East 138th Street in the Port Morris neighborhood, near the Bruckner Expressway, around 3:20 p.m. on Monday, ABC Eyewitness News reports. Continue reading

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CDC Reports Additional Illnesses and Death Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

A salmonella outbreak linked to tainted cucumbers has been attributed to 732 illnesses and four deaths as of October 5th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced. The toll has risen from last month, when the agency reported 445 illness and three deaths across 35 states. The recalled cucumbers were imported from Mexico. Based on current CDC statistics, the salmonella outbreak affected the greatest number of people in California, where 192 were sickened, and Arizona, where 112 became ill.

Companies have issued voluntary recalls due to the potential risk. On September 11th, Custom Produce Sales recalled cucumbers sold under the “Fat Boy” label; they were grown in Baja California and distributed in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. On September 4th, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled cucumbers grown and packed by Rancho Don Juanito in Mexico. The cucumbers were sold under the label “Limited Edition” and were distributed between Aug. 1 and Sept. 3. Continue reading

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New Jersey Nurse Accused of Reusing Syringes in Administering Flu Shots

New Jersey officials say that a nurse accused of reusing syringes while giving flu shots has voluntarily surrendered her license.

The state Attorney General’s office said the nurse’s license is temporarily suspended and she is not able to practice pending a ruling from the state’s board of nursing, the Associated Press (AP) reports. Continue reading

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MicroPort Hip Replacement Device Under FDA Class 1 Recall

The MicroPort Orthopedics’ Profemur Long Cobalt Chrome 8 Degree Varus/Valgus Modular Neck device is under Class 1 recall from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA has assigned Class 1—its most serious device recall designation—to the recall of the MicroPort replacement hip joint, FierceMedicalDevices reports. MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. has received reports of an unexpected rate of fractures after surgery related to this specific modular neck. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Whole Foods Market Recalls Roquefort Cheese for Possible Listeria Contamination

Whole Foods Market is recalling a Roquefort cheese sold in its stores nationwide because the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.

The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In rare instances, persons without these risk factors can also be seriously affected. The risk may be reduced by following recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage. Continue reading

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Cholesterol, TB Drugs Recalled in the Philippines Due to Failed Dissolution Tests

Specific lots of cholesterol drugs and a tuberculosis medication are being recalled in the Philippines because laboratory testing shows that they failed to dissolve properly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The recall affects the cholesterol drug simvastatin sold under the brand name Novovast, and includes lot number 13P378B. The drug is manufactured by Square Pharmaceuticals in Parañaque.

The country’s regulatory agency said the lot “is being recalled from the market due to the result of FDA laboratory analysis that the particular lot failed the dissolution test conducted.” Simvastatin is also sold under the names Squastatin and Qvast. The drug is used to lower LDL-cholesterol, apolipoprotein B, triglycerides and raise HDL-cholesterol. It is prescribed to patients with hyperlipidaemias, including hypercholesterolaemias and combined hyperlipidaemia (type IIa or type IIb hyperlipoproteinaemias). Continue reading

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Lucy’s Weight Loss System Supplements Recalled for Undeclared Drug Ingredients

Lucy’s Weight Loss System is voluntarily recalling all lots of Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach Blue and Gold Edition capsules distributed from May 25 – June 23, 2015.

Samples of Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach tested found positive for the substances sibutramine and phenolphthalein in random Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing. Continue reading

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Nevada Jury Hears Actos Case

Nevada Jury Hears Actos Case

Nevada Jury Hears Actos Case

A lawsuit alleging that Takeda’s Type 2 diabetes drug Actos caused bladder cancer has gone to trial in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judge Jerry Wiese is presiding over the case in the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada. The suit was filed on behalf of two Actos users who were diagnosed with bladder cancer, allegedly due to use of the drug. One of the plaintiffs died of bladder cancer on November 25, 2013; his widow is being represented in the case.

Actos was developed by Takeda and Eli Lilly but is now solely marketed by Takeda in the United States. The drug is used to lower blood sugar in patients with Type 2 diabetes. However, the medication has come under increased scrutiny in recent years after several studies pointed to an increased risk of bladder cancer. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that use of Actos for one year or longer may increase the risk of bladder cancer. The announcement was issued shortly after the drug was pulled from the market in France and usage was restricted in Germany; these actions were taken because a French study showed that Actos was associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Continue reading

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General Mills Recalls Gluten-Free Cheerios that May Contain Gluten

General Mills Recalls Gluten-Free Cheerios

General Mills Recalls Gluten-Free Cheerios

General Mills is voluntarily recalling about 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free original and Honey Nut Cheerios because of the possible presence of wheat.

Jim Murphy, senior vice president of General Mills’ cereal division, said he was “embarrassed and truly sorry” for an incident that allowed wheat flour to be introduced into the gluten-free oat flour system at a production facility in Lodi, California, the Washington Post reports. Continue reading

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