Monthly Archives: October 2006

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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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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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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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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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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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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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AstraZeneca Under Legal Fire Over Seroquel

British drug maker AstraZeneca has been subpoenaed by two states in conjunction with the sale, safety, and marketing of its antipsychotic < "">Seroquel. Last month, the company received a subpoena from the California Attorney General’s office, this one coming shortly … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

KFC to Eliminate Trans Fats

Loaded with fat, salt, cholesterol, and calories, KFC’s chicken may never be considered a healthy eating option. However, the fast-food chain is taking steps to reduce the health risks of its products by eliminating artificial trans fat in its cooking … Continue reading

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Bayer: Who Knew What (and When) About Trasylol?

By Marc Greilsamer Suppressed data? Secret informants? Fall guys? Welcome to the pharmaceutical industry, which is filled with enough mystery and intrigue to satisfy even the most demanding crime-drama aficionado. Yet, the issues that come into play in this gigantic, … Continue reading

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New Study Pushes Lung Cancer Screening for Smokers

Early detection of cancerous lung tumors has a significant effect on a patient’s survival rate, according to a controversial new study. As a result, the study’s authors recommend a robust, annual CT screening process for smokers, claiming that early detection … Continue reading

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Toy Company Mega Brands Settles Out of Court

Montreal-based Mega Brands, manufacturer of < "">Magnetix toys, reached a $13.5 million settlement with 14 families, including one whose son died from injuries related to Magnetix products. A 22-month-old toddler from Redmond, Wash., Kenny Sweet, died on Thanksgiving Day, 2005, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News |

Big Pharma Backing Republicans, Says WSJ

The potential for a “Democratic revolution” in the upcoming midterm elections has created a palpable sense of fear in the pharmaceutical industry–and has spurred the industry to action. A front-page report in today’s Wall Street Journal noted that drug-industry political … Continue reading

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Heart Stents Reconsidered by Medical Community

For the better part of the last decade, heart stents have been celebrated as one of the most important developments in the medical field, and, with sales of heart stents reaching $6 billion annually, it’s also been one of the … Continue reading

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Antidepressants Linked to Male Infertility

Researchers at New York’s Cornell Medical Center have found a major correlation between use of antidepressants and sperm count. Men who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are being urged to consult closely with their doctors in order to determine … Continue reading

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Recalled ReNu Lens Solution Still on the Market

The recalled contact-lens solution < "">ReNu with MoistureLoc had maintained a 2 percent market share into the early weeks of September, despite the fact that distribution of the Bausch and Lomb product was halted by the company on April 9. … Continue reading

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Autism Association Questions Safety of Risperdal for Children

The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Risperdal as a treatment for autistic children has been challenged by the National Autism Association (NAA) due to concerns about the drug’s side effects. According to the NAA, side effects of Risperdal, or … Continue reading

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