Daily Archives: June 3, 2005

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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TROPICANA AGREES TO REFRAIN FROM MAKING ANY UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS THAT ITS ORANGE JUICE HAS ANY EFFECT ON THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE, STROKE, OR CANCER

For years, Tropicana Products, Inc. (a subsidiary of PepsiCo. Inc.) has implied in its advertising that two to three glasses of "Healthy Heart" orange juice per day would help in lowering blood pressure and provide other clinically proven health benefits. … Continue reading

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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) ANNOUNCES RECALL OF WHIRLPOOL KITCHENAID COFFEEMAKERS

The CPSC has announced a voluntary recall (June 2) by Whirlpool Corp. of Benton Harbor, Michigan, of approximately 529,000 KitchenAid Coffeemakers due to an electrical problem which can cause an internal component to overheat and ignite thereby posing a fire … Continue reading

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FOLLOW-UP: GUIDANT CONTINUED TO SELL HEART DEFIBRILLATOR FOR IMPLANTATION IN PATIENTS EVEN AFTER BECOMING AWARE OF A DEFECT WHICH COULD CAUSE THE DEVICE TO SHORT-CIRCUIT AND FAIL

Despite the fact that company officials were aware of an electrical defect which had caused some of its internal heart defibrillators to short-circuit and fail to operate, Guidant Corp. continued to sell the device even after making a manufacturing change … Continue reading

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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS DRUG (TYSABRI) MAY HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR FOURTH DEATH FROM RARE BRAIN DISEASE

The FDA has been informed by Biogen Idec Inc. that a fourth person may now have died from a rare brain disease known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) after being treated with its multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri. Biogen and its … Continue reading

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