Daily Archives: June 14, 2005

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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FDA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF DOG AND CAT TREATS BECAUSE OF BACTERIA LINKED TO INFECTIONS IN HUMANS

T.W. Enterprises of Ferndale, Washington alerted consumers that it is recalling certain dog and cat treats it markets because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Thompson. People handling these treats can become infected with Salmonella Thompson, especially if they have … Continue reading

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MARYLANDíS HIGHEST COURT TO DECIDE WHETHER WOMAN, WHO CONTRACTED AIDS FROM HER LAB TECHNICIAN HUSBAND, CAN SUE HIS EMPLOYER FOR FAILING TO WARN HIM THAT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH THE HIV-2 VIRUS IN 1989

In 1989, a male laboratory technician worked for Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. (now part of Pfizer) handling HIV-1 and the rarer HIV-2. That year, he received a false positive test result for HIV-1. Such a finding, according to the wifeís … Continue reading

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TWO INSTANCES OF EXTREMELY POOR JUDGMENT RAISE SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF TODAYíS COMMERCIAL AIRLINE PILOTS

The Airline Pilots Association will argue that the actions of a few bad apples shouldnít spoil the reputation enjoyed by thousands of highly competent commercial pilots. That logic, however, would be seriously flawed. Maybe a few bad apples shouldnít ruin … Continue reading

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MARYLANDíS HIGHEST COURT TO DECIDE WHETHER WOMAN, WHO CONTRACTED AIDS FROM HER LAB TECHNICIAN HUSBAND, CAN SUE HIS EMPLOYER FOR FAILING TO WARN HIM THAT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH THE HIV-2 VIRUS IN 1989

In 1989, a male laboratory technician worked for Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. (now part of Pfizer) handling HIV-1 and the rarer HIV-2. That year, he received a false positive test result for HIV-1. Such a finding, according to the wifeís … Continue reading

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TWO HOSPITALS IN NORTH CAROLINA CONFIRM SOME 3,800 SURGERIES WERE PERFORMED USING INSTRUMENTS THAT HAD BEEN "WASHED" IN ELEVATOR HYDRAULIC FLUID INSTEAD OF SOAP

It may be difficult to imagine, but two North Carolina hospitals performed some 3,800 surgical procedures over the course of November and December 2004 using surgical instruments that had been "washed" in hydraulic fluid drained from the hospitalsí elevators into … Continue reading

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WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF YET A FIFTH CASE OF BRAIN INFECTION BEING LINKED TO THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS DRUG (TYSABRI), IS THE HOPE OF SAVING THE DRUG A REALISTIC ONE?

The FDA has been informed by Biogen Idec Inc. that a fifth person has developed a rare brain disease known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) after being treated with its multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri. Biogen and its development partner, Elan … Continue reading

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