Monthly Archives: September 2005

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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

Posted in Defective Products |

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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