Monthly Archives: September 2005

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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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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Influenza Pandemic a Brewing Storm

There will definitely be another influenza pandemic and no government can afford to be caught off-guard, according to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-wook. Speaking to ministers of health from throughout the Americas at the Pan American Health … Continue reading

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Congress Calls for Investigation into FDA Chiefís Sudden Resignation

Both sides of Capitol Hill are asking questions about the unexpected departure of FDA Commissioner Dr. Lester Crawford.  Crawford stepped down from the FDA’s top post on September 23rd, just two months after a heated confirmation battle in the Senate.  … Continue reading

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Class-Action by Consumer Groups Alleges Pfizer Engaged in a Misleading Advertising Campaign to Boost Lipitor Sales

In the world of prescription drugs, Lipitor is the king with over $10 billion in annual sales. Some consumer groups, however, believe that the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer Inc., engaged in deceptive advertising of the cholesterol drug in order to boost … Continue reading

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Guidantís Troubles Continue to Grow

Criminal investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have joined the agency’s probe into how Guidant Corporation handled problems with its heart devices, according to Thursday’s New York Times. The FDA has been looking more closely at Guidant’s products, … Continue reading

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ADHD Drug, Straterra, May Cause Suicidal Thoughts

Eli Lilly & Company is warning that its ADHD drug, Straterra, may cause suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents.  In a press release dated today, Lilly reported that its Straterra clinical trials database had identified a small but statistically significant … Continue reading

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Vioxx Plaintiff Takes the Stand in New Jersey Trial

Frederick “Mike” Humeston, a 60-year-old Idaho postal worker who suffered a heart attack while taking Vioxx, is suing Merck, contending that the drug maker hid Vioxx’s risks in an effort to preserve sales.  He took the stand Wednesday in the … Continue reading

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Refrigerators and Upright Freezers Recalled Due to Shock Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of approximately 112,000 Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers and Refrigerators manufactured by WC Wood Company between September 2002 and February 2004.  These units were sold at home improvement and appliance stores between … Continue reading

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AstraZeneca Reports TOPROL-XL Medication Errors

Users of the beta blocker TOPROL-XL, taken for the treatment of conditions such as hypertension and angina pectoris, need to insure that they are receiving the correct medicine from their doctors and pharmacists.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along … Continue reading

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Paxil May Cause Birth Defects

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified physicians yesterday that PAXIL and PAXIL CR (paroxetine HCI) may be linked to a higher rate of birth defects than currently found with similar drugs. GSK recently conducted a retrospective … Continue reading

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Panic Disorder Increases the Risk of Heart Disease

According to a study in the current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, people with panic disorder are at double the normal risk for coronary heart disease.  If an individual is also diagnosed with depression, the risk triples. Published in the current … Continue reading

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