Daily Archives: June 7, 2005

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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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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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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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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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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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STUDY FINDS CAFFEINE MAY REDUCE NOCTURNAL HYPOGLYCEMIA IN TYPE 1 DIABETICS

A double-blinded study published in the June issue of Diabetes Care found that the ingestion of moderate amounts of caffeine "is associated with a significant reduction in nocturnal hypoglycemia" in type 1 diabetics. Previous studies have also suggested that moderate … Continue reading

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OBESITY STUDY SUGGESTS MILK MAY NOT BE THE BEST THING FOR GROWING CHILDREN

A study of 12,829 children aged 9 to 14 conducted by Brigham and Womenís Hospital and Harvard University and published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that the more milk children drink, the more obese they … Continue reading

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NEW STRAIN OF COMMON INFECTION KILLS 12 AND INFECTS HUNDREDS AT BRITISH HOSPITAL

As we reported yesterday, one of the deadliest bacteria sweeping many hospitals is MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which lives harmlessly on the skin but causes extremely serious and often fatal medical problems when it enters the body. Those who survive … Continue reading

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SUPREME COURT PROHIBITS CULTIVATION AND USE OF MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES ñ HOWEVER, THE DECISION IS FAR FROM THE END OF THE MATTER FOR MANY REASONS

In a 6 to 3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that statutes like the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which permits the cultivation and use of marijuana under specific circumstances for medical purposes, are subject to being superceded by … Continue reading

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UNITED PARCEL SERVICE CONFIRMS THE LOSS OF COMPUTER TAPES CONTAINING PERSONAL DATA OF 3.9 MILLION CITIGROUP CUSTOMERS ñ PERSONAL INFORMATION ON OVER 5.8 MILLION INDIVIDUALS LOST OR STOLEN ALREADY IN 2005

It is a fact of life that packages are sometimes lost or stolen while in transit. In most situations, however, the loss is confined to the value or contents of the package itself. Unfortunately, when the missing "items" are Social … Continue reading

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NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) UPGRADES INVESTIGATION OF HEADLIGHT PROBLEMS IN 800,000 DAIMLERCHRYSLER MINIVANS

The NHTSA has upgraded its investigation (begun in February 2005) involving 675 complaints and 35,000 warranty claims related to defective headlights in 2001 and 2002 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager, and Chrysler Town and Country … Continue reading

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