Monthly Archives: August 2005

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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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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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General Motors Recalling 800,000 SUVs and Pickup Trucks for Brake Problems

General Motors Corp. (GM) is recalling 804,000 full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles in 14 northern states because of potential problems with the anti-lock braking system. Corrosion in the braking system has been blamed for more than 200 low-speed … Continue reading

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General Motors Recalling 800,000 SUVs and Pickup Trucks for Brake Problems

General Motors Corp. (GM) is recalling 804,000 full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles in 14 northern states because of potential problems with the anti-lock braking system. Corrosion in the braking system has been blamed for more than 200 low-speed … Continue reading

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Ralph Nader Demands NHTSA Issue Warning about Potential Electrical Fire Hazard in 3.7 Million Ford Trucks and SUVs

Ralph Nader has demanded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) alert vehicle owners to a potential fire hazard in numerous models of Ford and Lincoln SUVs and trucks. Nader wrote to Jeffrey Runge, head of NHTSA, insisting he issue … Continue reading

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Respiratory Tract Infections in Children Linked to Newly Discovered Virus

Tobias Allander and Björn Andersson, of the Karolinska Institutet (KI), identified a previously unknown virus called human bocavirus that can cause respiratory illness in children. The researchers discovered the virus in respiratory tract samples from children at Karolinska University Hospital … Continue reading

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Study Finds Americans Getting the Bulk of Their Antioxidants from Coffee

A new study reports that one health benefit of coffee may be as an antioxidant. According to Joe A. Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania (U.S.), Americans actually get most of their antioxidants from coffee. … Continue reading

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Lighter Cars May Save Fuel but the Tradeoff May Be Safety

Despite the current energy crisis, the Bush administration is urging automobile manufactures not to produce lighter, smaller and more energy efficient cars because of the potential danger of more accident-related deaths.Instead, last week, the administration suggested new fuel economy regulations … Continue reading

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Jury Hits DuPont with $14 Million Verdict in Dioxin Cancer Case

Glen Strong, an oyster fisherman of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, claimed that his rare blood cancer (multiple myeloma) was caused by exposure to dioxin from DuPont’s plant located about five miles from his home. A jury agreed and awarded Mr. … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in SARS Treatment Reported by Chinese Researchers

A breakthrough has been announced in the treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which resulted in 774 worldwide deaths (mostly in Asia) in 2002. The discovery was the result of work done by a team of experts working in … Continue reading

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California Sues to Have French Fries and Potato Chips Carry Cancer Warning

California’s crusading Attorney General, Bill Lockyer, has sued nine fast food chains and potato chip manufactures pursuant to that state’s law requiring companies to warn consumers if a product contains a potentially dangerous substance.  Known carcinogens would fall into that … Continue reading

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Purdue Pharma Faces 1,000 New Individual Law Suits in New York City Claiming Addiction to OxyContin

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, faces 1,000 separate lawsuits from people who claim they became addicted to the drug. Although OxyContin was approved in 1995 to teat patients with terminal cancer or chronic pain, it has now become a … Continue reading

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