Monthly Archives: November 2005

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Illinois (U.S.) Law Will Now Require Hospitals to Report 24 Types of Medical Errors

Beginning in January 2008 Illinois law will require state hospitals to report 24 types of careless mistakes called "never events."  These unacceptable blunders, including operating on the wrong limb, leaving a surgical sponge behind, using the wrong blood type, or … Continue reading

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Study Finds Job-Related Exposure to Pesticide (Diazinon) May Increase Cancer Risk

According to a new study by the Agricultural Health Study, a government funded program established in 1993 to examine the negative effects of pesticides on farming families in Iowa and North Carolina, regular exposure to the pesticide diazinon may cause … Continue reading

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Leading Cause of Acute Liver Failure in U.S. is Now Acetaminophen Poisoning

Most people are familiar with the fact that acetaminophen is a popular over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever. What is generally not known by consumers, however, is just how widely used acetaminophen is or how dangerous it can be when misused.Although acetaminophen … Continue reading

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Mixing Up Drugs with Similar Names Can Cause Potentially Deadly Medication Errors

As the number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs has steadily increased, so have the medical problems associated with dangerous side-effects and interactions. One very serious problem caused by the sheer number of drugs, however, is the existence of similar sounding … Continue reading

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Many People Ignorant of the Potential Side-Effects of Painkillers

A new study supported by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has found that many people misuse prescription and over-the-counter painkillers (OTC), also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and are ignorant to the potential side effects of the drugs. The … Continue reading

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After Hospital Defibrillator Fails to Work, Heart Surgeon Advises Patient's Family to 'See an Attorney'

An Illinois heart surgeon, who encountered a malfunctioning defibrillator during an emergency coronary artery bypass operation, advised the patient’s family to “see an attorney” following the surgery at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois on November 11, 2003.The patient, William … Continue reading

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After Hospital Defibrillator Fails to Work, Heart Surgeon Advises Patient's Family to 'See an Attorney'

An Illinois heart surgeon, who encountered a malfunctioning defibrillator during an emergency coronary artery bypass operation, advised the patient’s family to “see an attorney” following the surgery at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois on November 11, 2003.The patient, William … Continue reading

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Possible Link between Abortion Pill and Multiple Deaths from Same Deadly Bacteria to Be Probed by FDA and CDC

Mifeprex (RU486) is the abortion pill that has been shrouded in controversy since 1996 when the federal advisory committee that recommended its approval was forced to meet under the protection of federal marshals. Clostridium sordellii is a rare and lethal … Continue reading

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CPSC and Delta Enterprise Corp. Announce Recall of Certain Cribs Sold at Toys R Us Stores for High Levels of Lead Paint

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y., has announced a voluntary recall of about 335 Lov’s “Europa” Natural Color Cribs manufactured in Indonesia by Delta Enterprise Corp. of New York, N.Y. Consumers … Continue reading

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CPSC and Delta Enterprise Corp. Announce Recall of Certain Cribs Sold at Toys R Us Stores for High Levels of Lead Paint

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y., has announced a voluntary recall of about 335 Lov’s “Europa” Natural Color Cribs manufactured in Indonesia by Delta Enterprise Corp. of New York, N.Y. Consumers … Continue reading

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