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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

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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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 ...
Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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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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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Mounting Concern Over Surgical Procedure That May Spread Cancer

According to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the power morcellator, a surgical tool used in about 50,000 hysterectomies a year, may spread cancer.

In a power morcellation procedure, a device cuts uterine tissue into pieces that can be removed through small incisions made during minimally invasive surgery, The New York Times reports.  Morcellation is also used to remove fibroid tumors. But recent reports indicate that when a morcellator slices into cancerous tumors the doctor didn’t know existed, the cancer cells can be spread through the woman’s abdomen.  And the JAMA study found that undetected tumors are more common than many experts had thought. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Study: Exposed Lead Wires in St. Jude Medical’s Riata Linked to Electrical Failures

St.-Jude-Medicals-Riata-Linked-to-Electrical-FailuresSt. Jude Medical’s Riata and Riata ST defibrillator leads were recalled in the past due to “lead externalizations”, a defect where the wires protrude through the insulation. Now, a Danish study has linked this issue to a higher risk of electrical failures that worsens with time. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

$26 Billion Dollar Award in Tobacco Lawsuit

R-J-Reynolds-Tobacco-LawsuitLate last Friday, a Florida jury awarded $23 billion in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the death of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer at age 36.

The suit was brought by Cynthia Robinson, widow of Michael Johnson Sr., who died  in 1996.  He had smoked for more than 20 years, beginning around age 13. The lawsuit argued that Reynolds had deliberately concealed the health hazards of Kool cigarettes, Johnson’s brand, The New York Times reports. The jury first awarded $17 million in compensatory damages and then the staggering $23.6 billion in punitive damages. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

California Stops Fracking Waste Water Injection, Citing Danger to Aquifers

California-Stops-Fracking-Waste-Water-InjectionCalifornia officials have shut-down 11 oil and gas waste water injection sites in the Central Valley and ordered a review of more than 100 others, fearing that energy companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers.

The Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources issued cease and desist orders on July 7 to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting waste into drinking water sources. The waste water disposal “poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources,” the investigative journalism organization ProPublica reports. Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Legal News |

FDA Warns that Powdered Caffeine is Dangerous Following Death of Teenager

FDA-caffeine-powderPowdered caffeine sold in bulk over the internet is dangerous and should be avoided, warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency’s warning follows the death of an Ohio teenager who died after using the product, NBC News reports.

Logan Stiner, 18, of La Grange, Ohio consumed powdered caffeine and died on May 27th, according to NBC News.

The FDA warns that powdered caffeine may be particularly appealing to teenagers and young adults. The agency emphasizes that “These products are essentially 100 percent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee.” Even one teaspoon can be deadly.   Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Contaminated Tattoo Ink, Tattoo Needles, Tattoo Kits Recalled

Contaminated-Tattoo-Ink-Tattoo-Needles-RecalledCalifornia-based White & Blue Lion, Incorporated has issued a nationwide recall on all of its tattoo inks, needles, and ink and needle kits over potential bacterial contamination.

Infections may lead to sepsis, which is a potentially deadly infection complication, according to Fox31Denver KDVR, citing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The inks and needles were sold in kits, as well as separately, by 8Decades and White & Blue Lion, Inc. Sales were nationwide and through direct and online sales. One illness has been tied to use of the recalled inks and needles, to date. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Action Accuses Walgreens of Overcharging for Medical Records

Walgreens-Overcharging-for-Medical-RecordsWalgreens Company has been accused of overcharging consumers more than what is legally allowed for making copies of their medical records.

Based in Deerfield, Illinois, Walgreens is the largest drug retailer in the United States, operating 9,000 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam, as of the first-quarter of 2014. Now, at least one civil action has been brought accusing the retailer of charging consumers too much for copying medical records and of Walgreens being in violation of state laws. Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

Veterans with Cancer Wait Longer at the VA

Veterans-with-Cancer-Wait-Longer-at-the-VAThe criticism surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to grow, with reports that veterans who have cancer are waiting much too long for treatment. CNN recounts the story of Sgt. Terry Mitchell, who survived the Vietnam War and exposure to Agent Orange. His wife, Vicki Mitchell, believes that he died because of delays in care at the VA. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Removing Healthy Breast Does Little to Improve Survival Rate, Study Finds

breast-removal-to-avoid-breast-cancerIn recent years, increasing numbers of women with breast cancer in one breast have been choosing to have the other breast removed as a precaution – prophylactic or preventive mastectomy. But a new study finds a survival benefit of less than 1 percent over 20 years for women who’ve had a preventive mastectomy.

Dr. Todd Tuttle, one of the researchers, said, “We found fairly convincing evidence that there really is no meaningful long-term survival benefit for the vast majority of women with breast cancer by having their opposite breast removed,” the news service HealthDay reports. Tuttle is chief of surgical oncology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. “Most patients have very minimal increases in life expectancy, one to seven months,” Tuttle said. And that difference was spread over two or more decades, especially in the younger women. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Policies for Informed Consent

New-Policies-for-Informed-ConsentThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new guidelines on obtaining informed consent in clinical trials that will eventually replace the consent guide in use since 1998.

According to the new Informed Consent Information Sheet, the process of obtaining consent goes beyond merely obtaining written consent from the subject to participate in a medical study, according to Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS). Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |