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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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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

 Emails Show FDA Was Warned of Duodenoscope Infection

Emails Show FDA Was Warned of Duodenoscope Infection


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 Unexpectedly Resigns

Lumber Liquidators CEO Unexpectedly Resigns


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

Indian Food Inspectors Order Instant Noodle Recall

Indian Food Inspectors Order Instant Noodle Recall


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 Air Bag Recall Expands to Nearly 34 Million Vehicles

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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