Monthly Archives: November 2005

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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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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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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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