Daily Archives: June 4, 2005

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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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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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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WITH OBESITY OUT OF CONTROL HERE AND IN SEVERAL OTHER DEVELOPED NATIONS, EXPERTS URGE THAT IT MUST BE TREATED AS A DISEASE AND AN INVESTIGATION BY THE CDC SEEMS TO BE DOING JUST THAT

Before its four-day congress of 2,000 experts from 80 countries, Professor Constantine Tsigos, chairman of the 14th European Congress on Obesity, made it very clear that obesity is not a health crisis affecting over 300 million people worldwide. He stressed … Continue reading

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EXPERTS SAY A MAJORITY OF TYPE 2 DIABETICS ARE SIMPLY PLAYING WITH FIRE WHEN IT COMES TO KEEPING THEIR BLOOD SUGAR UNDER CONTROL

The complications of Type 2 diabetes are frightening and even deadly. The nationís sixth largest killer also takes a heavy toll in terms of kidney failure, blindness, and amputations of feet and legs. Despite this fact, experts estimate that two-thirds … Continue reading

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THE AVAILABILITY OF HOME DRUG TESTS RAISES A QUESTION OF TRUST VERSUS SAFETY FOR PARENTS OF TEENAGERS

Every parent worries about their childís safety. The worry only increases as a child reaches adolescence and is exposed to peer pressure to experiment with alcohol and drugs. On the other hand, most parents would agree that it is important … Continue reading

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REPORT FINDS THAT CHEMICAL IN GRAPES AND OTHER FRUITS INHIBITS REPRODUCTION OF FLU VIRUSES

A study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that resveratrol, a chemical found in grapes and other fruits significantly inhibited the reproduction of influenza viruses in cell cultures and mice. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is known to … Continue reading

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HIGH-DOSE GLUCOCORTICOIDS (STEROIDS) AND HIGH TOTAL CHOLESTEROL FOUND TO INFLUENCE THE OCCURRENCE OF VERTBRAL FRACTURES IN PREMENOPAUSAL WOMEN INDEPENDENT OF BONE MINERAL DENSITY (BMD

A study by Dr. Shunichi Kumagai of Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine suggests a link between treatment with high-dose glucocorticoids (steroids) for autoimmune diseases and the occurrence of vertebral fractures in premenopausal women that is independent of bone mineral … Continue reading

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REPORT EMPHASIZES THE DANGERS OF SECONDHAND SMOKE

There is no longer much doubt about the fact that secondhand cigarette smoke is an extremely dangerous substance to those exposed to it for even short durations. Now, a report in the journal Circulation drives the point home with a … Continue reading

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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND TWOíS COMPANY ANNOUNCE RECALL OF 18,000 SHELL CANDLES FOR POTENTIAL FIRE AND BURN HAZARD

The CPSC, in cooperation with Two’s Company Inc., of Mount Vernon, New York, has announced a voluntary recall of 18,000 Sea Urchin Shell Candles manufactured in the Philippines. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately. These candles can burn at … Continue reading

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FDA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF THREE VARIETIES OF CHILDRENíS TYLENOL AS A RESULT OF CONFUSING DOSING INFORMATION

McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals has voluntarily recalled all lots of three varieties of childrenís TYLENOL as a result of package information which "may be confusing and could lead to improper dosing, including over-dosing." The recall includes all lots and … Continue reading

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VICTIMS GROUP ASSAILS SENATE ASBESTOS COMPENSATION FUND BILL AS INADEQUATE AND NOTHING MORE THAN A "CORPORATE BAILOUT"

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted bill S.852 out of committee. By a 13-5 vote, the legislation that would establish a 30-year, $140 billion asbestos victimsí compensation trust fund was cleared for action by the full Senate where a number … Continue reading

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CORRECTION: MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS DRUG (TYSABRI) MAY HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR FOURTH CASE OF RARE BRAIN DISEASE

Yesterday, we reported that the FDA had been informed by Biogen Idec Inc. that a fourth person may have died from a rare and often fatal brain disease known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) after short-term treatment with its embattled … Continue reading

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