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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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FDA Warning About Surgical Tool That May Spread Cancer

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated an earlier safety alert to advise that the power morcellator should no longer be used in uterine surgeries for “the vast majority” of women because of the risk of spreading cancer.

The power morcellator cuts uterine tissue into small pieces that can be removed through tiny incisions made during minimally invasive surgery, and this makes it a popular tool for fibroid removal and some hysterectomies. But if a woman has an undetected cancer, the rapidly spinning blades can fling malignant cells around inside her abdomen, spreading the cancer, the New York Times reports. Though fibroids are benign, they can hide uterine sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that can be rapidly fatal once it spreads. Continue reading

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Radiation from Cell Phones Linked to Brain Cancer, Study Suggests

Cell phone use is linked to a risk of brain cancer, a study published in the International Journal of Oncology suggests. Researchers analyzed the relationship between mobile phone use and glioma, a specific type of brain cancer that has a 0.005 percent chance of being diagnosed. The study found a 300 percent increased risk among participants who used cell phones for more than 25 years compared to those who used wireless phones for a year or less. A tripled rate of gliomas therefore correlates to 0.015 percent, or 15 out of 100,000 people being diagnosed, Business Tech reports.

The study found that the risk of brain cancer was 70 percent higher in people who used cell phones for more than a year compared to those used them for one year or less. The authors stated that the number of years of use is just as important as the number of hours of mobile phone use. A quarter of the participants spent 2,376 or more using their phones over their lifetime; this equates to roughly 40 minutes a day over ten years. Compared to people who never used cell phones or used them less than 39 hours in their lifetime, this group was associated with a 250 percent increased risk of brain tumors. Continue reading

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Hookah Smoking May Increase Leukemia Risk

Researchers from San diegohave found that smoking hookah – a type of flavored tobacco – could lead to an increase in leukemia.

Hookah smoke doubles exposure to benzene, which the U.S. National Toxicology Program classifies as a Group 1 carcinogen, a substance that is proven to cause cancer in humans. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no safe level of exposure for the chemical. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Health Canada Warns of Insulin Pump Tubing Detachment

Insulin pump infusion sets manufactured by Medtronic of Canada Inc., Roche Diagnostics, LifeScan Canada Inc, and Auto Control Medical Inc. have a risk of tubing detachment, according to a safety notification issued by Unomedical a/s in consultation with Health Canada. The alert, dated November 21st, warns that there have been growing reports of tubing become detached from the connect/disconnect location.

Insulin pumps deliver insulin to diabetic patients through a catheter. They can be programmed to administer small doses of insulin continuously or a larger dose close to mealtime to control blood sugar. Continue reading

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Sun Pharmaceutical’s Effexor Recalled for the Second Time This Year

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has recalled 68,000 bottles of the antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine), in the second recall of the drug this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.

In both instances, the recalled drug was manufactured at the Indian generic drug maker’s plant in Halol in the state of Gujarat. The drugs were recalled after they failed to dissolve properly in quality tests, the Wall Street Journal reports. The earlier recall, in June, was for 252,000 bottles of Effexor. Continue reading

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Stelara Linked to Risk of Serious Skin Conditions

Stelara, a drug used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and active psoriatic arthritis, has been linked to a risk of severe skin conditions. According to a safety announcement issued on November 21st on Health Canada’s website, Stelara has been associated with cases of exfoliative dermatitis and erythrodermic psoriasis. These reactions, which occur within a few days of receiving the medication, can be severe and lead to hospitalization.

Stelara is manufactured by Janssen. The safety announcement states that the product monograph for Stelara will be updated to include the risk of these serious skin conditions. The letter, addressed to physicians, notes that the symptoms of exfoliative dermatitis and erythrodermic psoriasis may be the same. Healthcare professionals are advised to inform patients of these symptoms and report them. If a drug reaction is suspected, use of the drug should be discontinued. Continue reading

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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

Posted in Food Products, Health Concerns |

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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