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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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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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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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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Cardinal Stops Production of Defective Drug Pump after FDA has U.S. Marshalls Confiscate Devices

Cardinal Health announced that it stopped production of four < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/alaris_infusion_pumps">Alaris drug infusion pumps. The announcement came after the FDA requested that U.S. marshals confiscate 1,300 devices out of the company’s San Diego facility on Friday. The Alaris pumps, which … Continue reading

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Workers Exposed to Lead are 50 Percent More Likely to Die from Brain Cancer than those not Exposed

Occupational exposure to lead dramatically increases the risk of devloping and dying from brain cancer, according to a report published in the International Journal of Cancer. The report by leading epidemiologists analyzed over 300,000 workers and found the riskiest occupations … Continue reading

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Bausch & Lomb ReNu with MoistureLoc Recall History

ReNu with MoistureLoc was removed from the market after the CDC discovered numberous cases of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/fungal_keratitis">fusarium keratitis were linked to the product. The recall has slowed the outbreak of the fungal eye infection but it is estimated that MoistureLoc … Continue reading

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Internal Memos on Hormone Replacement Therapy Drugs Prempro and Premarin May Hurt Wyeth

Wyeth may have known as early as the 1970’s that its hormone replacement drug, which later became Prempro, was associated with a high rate of breast cancer. According to recent published reports, Wyeth researchers saw cancer risks associated with hormone-replacement … Continue reading

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Important Mesothelioma Research Foundation Receives Federal Funding

For the first time ever, federal funds have been given to a nonprofit group dedicated to eradicating < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/mesothelioma">mesothelioma. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), said it received  federal research funding from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical … Continue reading

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Study Finds Use of Common Painkillers in First Trimester May Cause Birth Defects

A study published in the journal, Birth Defects Research Part B found that the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) during the first trimester of pregnancy can cause congenital < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/birth_defects">birth defects. NSAIDs are commonly used pain medications that include … Continue reading

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Woman Injured by Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch Files Suit

A 34 year-old Idaho woman that was diagnosed with a severe pulmonary embolism after using the Ortho Evra birth control patch filed a lawsuit against the drugs manufacturer Ortho Mc-Neil Pharmaceutical, Inc. The woman used < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Ortho_Evra_Patch">Ortho Evra for less … Continue reading

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CDC Report on ReNu with MoistureLoc May Exacerbate Legal Problems for Bausch & Lomb

CDC researchers believe that the global recall of Bausch & Lomb’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/renu_contact_solution">ReNu with MoistureLoc has stopped the outbreak of fusarium keratitis, a serious fungal eye infection. However, the CDC report stated that poor hygiene was not the sole cause … Continue reading

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One-Third of Infected ReNu with MoistureLoc Users Needed Corneal Transplants

A research report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that one-third of patients with a serious eye infection associated with Bausch & Lomb’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/renu_contact_solution">ReNu with Moistureloc contact-lens solution had such severe infections that they had … Continue reading

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Glaxo Adds Black Box Warning ADHD Drug Dexedrine

GlaxoSmithKline Plc has added a black box warning about possible heart risks to its popular ADHD drug < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/dexedrine">Dexedrine. The drug’s packaging will also include information about possible psychiatric adverse events, like hallucinations and mania, linked to stimulants, according to … Continue reading

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