Monthly Archives: November 2005

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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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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