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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

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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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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

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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 |