Daily Archives: June 11, 2005

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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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STUDY INDICATES PARENTS WTH MAJOR DEPRESSION OR PANIC DISORDERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA AND OTHER ALLERGY-BASED CONDITIONS

A study of 8,686 biological and 554 nonbiological parent-child pairs conducted by Dr. Ramin Mojtabai of Columbia University (New York) found that children of parents with major depression or panic disorders are more likely to have asthma and other allergy-based … Continue reading

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EXPERIMENTAL DIABETES DRUG APPEARS TO CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR WITHOUT TROUBLESOME SIDE-EFFECTS

Up to now, diabetes medications (insulin sensitizers) have come with certain problematic side effects like weight gain and fluid retention which, in turn, increase the risk of or worsen congestive heart failure. An experimental medication in phase 2 testing, however, … Continue reading

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CITIGROUP WILL PAY $2 BILLION TO SETTLE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT REGARDING ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THE PRE-COLLAPSE SALE OF ENRON STOCK AND BONDS

Citigroup, Inc. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit arising out of its involvement in the sale of Enron stock and bonds for $2 billion. The money will be distributed to investors who purchased publicly traded equity and debt securities … Continue reading

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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMISSION (CPSC) AND BUNN-O-MATIC ANNOUNCE THE RECALL OF 1.75 MILLION BUNN HOME COFFEEMAKERS FOR POSSIBLE FIRE HAZARD

On Friday, the CPSC and Bunn-O-Matic Corp. of Springfield, Illinois, announced the recall of approximately 1.75 million Bunn home coffeemakers because the plastic pour-in-bowl and lid can melt or ignite due to an electrical failure, posing a burn and fire … Continue reading

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FLORIDA JURY AWARDS $8 MILLION TO HUSBAND OF WOMAN WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF UNNECESSARY CHEMOTHERAPY

Janet Pandrea had a benign tumor in one lung that could have been easily removed by surgery. Unfortunately, Janet Pandrea is dead. She died as a result of the side effects of chemotherapy she was given to treat cancer she … Continue reading

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NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT IBUPROFEN AND OTHER NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES (NSAIDs), WHICH HAD BEEN REGARDED AS SAFE, MAY ALSO BE LINKED TO AN INCREASED RISK OF HEART ATTACK

For the past year, tens of millions of arthritis pain sufferers worldwide have been utterly confused and frustrated by the ever-widening debacle involving the under-disclosed cardiovascular risks of the painkillers they have come to rely on. Now, these victims of … Continue reading

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