Monthly Archives: October 2005

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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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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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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FDA and Biogen Idec Issue Drug Safety Alert Concerning Fatal Reactions to Cancer Drug, Zevalin

Biogen Idec, the world’s fourth largest biopharmaceutical company, has notified healthcare professionals of a significant revision to BOXED WARNINGS, WARNINGS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS sections of the Prescribing Information for the cancer drug Zevalin. http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2005/safety05.htm#Zevalin The alert and warning revision (http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2005/ZevalinPI.pdf) … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Potential Problems with Accuracy of Blood Glucose Meters from Abbott Diabetes Care

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying health care providers and patients that blood glucose meters made by Abbott Diabetes Care can be accidentally switched from one unit of measurement to another thereby resulting in an inaccurate blood glucose … Continue reading

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Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks $600 Million in Connection with Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in Toronto Nursing Home that Has Already Killed 21

In the aftermath of one of the deadliest outbreaks of legionnaires’ disease ever, a 58-year-old Toronto resident, who contracted the illness, has commenced a $600 million class-action lawsuit according to a report by CTV News.That report states in part: “Gerald … Continue reading

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Study Shows Improvement Needed to Reduce Chemotherapy Errors

A study conducted by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and published in the online journal Cancer, evaluated chemotherapy errors that occur during outpatient care. The researchers report that while the mistakes they found … Continue reading

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Avian Flu Rapid Response Team Formed by the FDA

In response to the possible threat of an avian flu pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the formation of a Rapid Response Team to ensure that an adequate supply of anti-influenza drugs, such as Tamiflu, are available … Continue reading

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Heath Care Cost Discrepancies in the U.S. Tied to Physician Behavior

As new data emerges that health care spending has little relationship to health outcomes, a new study finds a correlation between the behavior of doctors and the total heath care dollars spent.According to researchers at the VA Outcomes Group in … Continue reading

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Heart Attack Death Rates Higher in Hospitals that Treat Larger Share of African Americans

A new study finds that there is a direct correlation between the racial composition of a hospital’s patients and their health outcomes.  Led by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School, the study found that death rates for all patients were significantly … Continue reading

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Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Issues Advisory on Child Strangulation Risk Posed by Older Window Coverings

The CPSC, the Window Covering Safety Council, and independent retailers have joined forces for Window Covering Safety Month to advise consumers on the importance of repairing or replacing window coverings purchased prior to 2001.  Young children can strangle themselves when … Continue reading

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Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Issues Advisory on Child Strangulation Risk Posed by Older Window Coverings

The CPSC, the Window Covering Safety Council, and independent retailers have joined forces for Window Covering Safety Month to advise consumers on the importance of repairing or replacing window coverings purchased prior to 2001.  Young children can strangle themselves when … Continue reading

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Indiana Nursing Home Investigated in Series of Abuse Incidents

State officials in Indiana (U.S.) have banned the Hanover Nursing Center from admitting any new residents as the result of an investigation into a series of incidents involving the abuse of several elderly inhabitants.  One such incident involved a 79-year-old … Continue reading

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