Monthly Archives: December 2005

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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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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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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Over 600 Adverse Events, Including Multiple Deaths, Reported to FDA Involving Abortion Pill RU-486 (Mifeprex)

Over a period of four years, there have been 607 serious adverse events associated with the so-called “abortion pill” RU-486 reported to the FDA. These include five deaths, 68 cases of severe bleeding that required transfusions, and 66 cases of … Continue reading

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Michelin Recalls Thousands of Tires with Potentially Dangerous Defects

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada have been notified by Michelin North American that the international tire giant is recalling approximately 6,500 Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Sport 255/35ZR20 97Y Extra Load tires in the United States and … Continue reading

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Studies and Lawsuits Point Accusing Fingers at the Parkinson’s Drug, MIRAPEX, that Has Been Linked to Compulsive Gambling

It is admittedly an odd connection but there seems to be no real doubt that MIRAPEX, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD), is also responsible for turning some of the patients who used it into gambling addicts.In July, … Continue reading

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Studies and Lawsuits Point Accusing Fingers at the Parkinson’s Drug, MIRAPEX, that Has Been Linked to Compulsive Gambling

It is admittedly an odd connection but there seems to be no real doubt that MIRAPEX, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD), is also responsible for turning some of the patients who used it into gambling addicts.In July, … Continue reading

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Arsenic-Treated Lumber Poses Long-Term Toxic Threat with Particularly Serious Consequences for Children

The University of Florida has issued a press release setting forth some of the details of a study by researchers from the University of Miami, the University of Florida, and Florida International University that “examined the potential consequences of arsenic … Continue reading

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Heart Attack Patients Often Given Overdoses in ER

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that overdoses of potent blood-thinning drugs given in hospital emergency rooms often put heart attack patients at risk for life-threatening episodes of internal bleeding.The research conducted by lead … Continue reading

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

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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Since Many Drugs Lose Effectiveness after Expiration Date, Even Those That Do Not Should Be Discarded

A study done for the U.S. Army found that many drugs remain effective and usable even up to five years after their expiration date. Thus, some pharmaceutical experts do not believe all drugs should be automatically discarded immediately after they … Continue reading

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Nine Wrongful Death Claims Brought Against Liver Transplant Program at University of California, Irvine Medical Center

In November, the University of California at Irvine Medical Center (UCI) suspended its liver transplant program after the government revoked its certification.  Those actions came in the wake of a report by the Los Angeles Times concerning some 32 patients … Continue reading

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CPSC, Recreational Equipment Inc. Announce Recall of 2,800 Children's Bicycles

The Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced the following product safety recall being conducted by Recreational Equipment Inc., of Kent, Washington. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.Some 2,800 Novara Dirt Rider 20-inch 5-Speed and 6-Speed Bicycles … Continue reading

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