Monthly Archives: May 2005

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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 Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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MONEY-BACK GUARANTEES MAY BE THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE WITH RESPECT TO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

The concept of a money-back guarantee has been around for a long time and has worked with respect to all types of consumer products. Now, the idea of getting a refund for a product that does not perform as advertised … Continue reading

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NEW EGG-FREEZING TECHNIQUE OFFERS HOPE TO INFERTILE CANCER VICTIMS

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy may save a female cancer patientís life but these therapies may also cause infertility. While freezing a womanís eggs before cancer therapy begins offers one possible option, the thawing process often renders the eggs incapable of being … Continue reading

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LEGAL AND MEDIA EXPERTS SEE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS AHEAD FOR TIVO-LIKE RADIO DEVICES

The introduction of various devices that permit listeners to record Internet radio streams and then convert them into MP3 files are making Web radio and streaming services more and more popular with the public. In the opinion of many legal … Continue reading

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CDC STATISTICS INDICATE U.S. EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS ARE ON THE RISE

Between 1993 and 2003, there was a 14% decrease in the number of emergency departments in the United States. During that same period, however, emergency room visits increased by over 26% from 90.3 million to 113.9 million. This combination of … Continue reading

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RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY ARE GREATER THAN PATIENTS BELIEVE

Although stories of dramatic weight-loss results associated with various surgical procedures have been widely publicized, studies indicate that patients would be wise to consider the potentially serious risks of these procedures more carefully. In 2004, 145,000 bariatric procedures were performed … Continue reading

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NUMEROUS EXPERTS CRITICIZE U.S. PLANS FOR DEALING WITH POTENTIAL BIRD FLU OUTBREAK

Despite the claim by government officials that an effective plan for dealing with possible bird flu (or other) pandemic will be completed by the end of the summer, several experts have accused the Bush administration of moving far too slowly. … Continue reading

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STUDY CLAIMS SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF CHILDREN WITH JUVENILE ARTHRITIS FOR WHOM OTHER THERAPIES HAVE FAILED

The May issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine reports on a study which claims to have found a successful treatment for children with SoJIA (systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis). The report is especially significant for children with SoJIA who … Continue reading

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HEALTH CANADA ISSUES ADVISORY WITH RESPECT TO NEW CHOICE PREGNANCY TEST

Health Canada has advised consumers not to use New Choice Pregnancy Test which is not licensed for sale in Canada. The product uses a urine test for the presence of the hormone chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). The product, which is manufactured … Continue reading

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STUDY LINKS ANDROGENS TO BREAST CANCER IN YOUNG WOMEN

A study published in this monthís Journal of the National Cancer Institute links high levels of male hormones (androgens) to an increased risk in young women of developing breast cancer. Prior studies produced similar results with respect to postmenopausal women. … Continue reading

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REAPPEARANCE OF RARE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE REPORTED IN SEVERAL CITIES

After an absence of several years, LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum), a rare sexually transmitted disease (STD) has returned to a number of major cities in the United States including Boston where there have been six confirmed cases of LGV so far … Continue reading

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