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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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

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

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

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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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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

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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Patients with Knee Problems May Want to Reconsider before Undergoing Knee Replacement

Getting a total knee replacement may seem like an appealing option for someone suffering from sore and creaky knees, but these devices may not be as beneficial as one would hope, according to Well, the New York Times health blog. In 2012, more than 600,000 knee replacement surgeries were performed compared to about 250,000 just 15 years ago.

Manufacturers of knee replacements often claim that the devices have a wide variety of benefits, offering increased mobility, less pain and overall a more youthful lifestyle. However, a growing body of evidence shows that many patients should try other methods to improve their knees first. Research suggests that many people are undergoing the procedures prematurely and gaining limited benefit. Figures from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that in between the ages of 45 and 64, the number of knee replacements increased drastically by 205 percent between 2000 and 2012. The increase was only 95 percent in people 65 and older. Continue reading

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Energy Drinks Can be Deadly for Children

New research shows that children face serious and possibly deadly side effects from the consumption of energy drinks.

Between 2010 and 2013, poison control centers received more than 5,000 reports of people who got sick from energy drinks, NBC News reports. Many of the cases involved serious side effects, such as seizures, irregular heart rhythmor dangerously high blood pressure, the researchers told a meeting of the American Heart Association. Children under age 6 often consumed energy drinks without knowing what they were drinking. Dr. Steven Lipshultz, co-author of the study and head of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, said, “They . . . found it in the refrigerator, or left by a parent or an older sibling.” Continue reading

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Regulators Review Death Risk Associated with Long-Term Use of Duel Antiplatelet Therapy

Preliminary data from a clinical trial has prompted safety regulators to review the safety of using duel antiplatelet therapy long-term. On Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement stating that it was evaluating this data.

The data stemmed from The Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) trial; findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on November 16th. Although the study found a decreased risk of heart attacks and clot formation in stents with 30 months of dual antiplatelet therapy, there was an overall higher risk of death compared to 12 months of treatment. Researchers looked at patients who underwent dual treatment with the aspirin plus either clopidogrel (Plavix) or prasugrel (Effient) after undergoing stent implantation. Stents are often used in patients with narrowed arteries; they are essentially tubes that are intended to maintain blood flow and keep the vessels open.

“We are communicating this safety information while we continue to evaluate the results from this trial and other available data. We will communicate our final conclusions and recommendations when our evaluation is complete.” the FDA stated. Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson to Pay More than $2.2 Billion in Civil and Criminal Settlements

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil cases arising from allegations relating to the drugs Risperdal (risperidone), Invega (paliperidone) and Natrecor (nesiritide). The allegations include promotion for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and payment of kickbacks to physicians and to Omnicare Inc., the largest pharmacy provider to nursing homes.

The global resolution is one of the largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, with criminal fines and forfeiture totaling $485 million and civil settlements with the federal government and states totaling $1.72 billion, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. Continue reading

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Compensation Claim Deadline Extended for Victims of Defective GM Ignition Switch

The deadline to file an injury or death claim related to General Motors Co.’s ignition switch defect has been extended by one month. Wall Street Journal reports that the GM compensation expert extended the deadline as a result of pressure from safety advocates, politicians and attorneys. Continue reading

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Overtreatment with Anticoagulant May Raise the Risk of Dementia

Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel (Plavix) to prevent stroke, may raise the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation.

The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014, MedicalXpress reports. Continue reading

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Walgreens Customers Overcharged for Medical Records, Reports Allege

Walgreens, the largest drug retailer in the United States, allegedly overcharged some customers for medical records. At least one lawsuit has been filed alleging that the firm violated state laws by charging overly high fees. The man suing Walgreens alleges he was charged a flat fee of $55 for his medical records.

The suit argues that state law puts a cap on the maximum amount a company is allowed to charge. In this case, the legal limit is $24.81 in handling charges, $0.93 per page for the first 25 pages, $0.62 per page for the next 25 pages and $0.31 for any more than 50 pages. By intentionally exceesing these limits, Walgreens perpetrated the “common scheme of fraud” and violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the lawsuit alleges. The company is also accused of trying to cover-up the scheme by describing fees in an ambiguous, unclear way. Walgreens is also accuse of common fraud law and unjust enrichment in the suit. Continue reading

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Laundry Detergent Pods Pose Poisoning Risk to Young Children

A report to appear today in the journal Pediatrics says there has been a significant increase in the number of children suffering adverse effects from exposure to the popular laundry detergent “pods” sold across the country.

The pods have become popular because of their convenience – the user does not have to measure the detergent or fabric softener. But many of the pods are colorful and attractive to young children, who eat the pods or inhale the ingredients when they break the outer shell of the pod. If ingested, the highly concentrated detergent in the pods can cause excessive vomiting, lethargy, and gasping, according to Consumer Reports magazine. In some reported cases, victims stopped breathing and required ventilation support. A summary on the Pediatrics web site reports that “17,230 children younger than 6 years [were] exposed to laundry detergent pods in 2012–2013. From March 2012 to April 2013, the monthly number of exposures increased by 645.3%, followed by a 25.1% decrease from April to December 2013” Fox News reports (fox17online.com). Continue reading

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Study Links Cell Phone Use to Deadly Brain Cancer

A study suggests that heavy mobile phone use is linked to glioma, a deadly type of brain cancer. Researchers found that the rate of glioma development is related to the the number of hours of use.

The study, which was published in the journal Pathophysiology, was led by researcher Dr. Lennart Hardell, an oncologist from University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden. He and his colleagues compared the hours of mobile phone use between a group of 1,380 patients with malignant brain tumors and a matched group without tumors. Continue reading

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Government Food Pesticide Testing Does Not Include Many Common Pesticides

A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not perform enough pesticide residue tests on either imported or domestic foods to say whether the American food supply is safe.

According to the GAO report, the FDA is testing less than one-tenth of 1 percent of imported fruits and vegetables and less than 1 percent of domestic fruits and vegetables, the Washington Post reports. This makes it impossible for the FDA to meet its mandate to “determine the national incidence and level of pesticide residues in the foods it regulates.” Continue reading

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