Monthly Archives: May 2005

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

Dozens-Receive-Nonsterile-Simulated-Saline-Solution

The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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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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