Monthly Archives: January 2007

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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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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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 Announces New Drug Safety Measures

In a statement issued this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a renewed commitment to its drug safety system. Based on recommendations from a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the agency outlined a series of … Continue reading

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BBC: Glaxo Hid Safety Concerns Related to Seroxat (Paxil)

According to journalists at the BBC, GlaxoSmithKline intentionally distorted and covered up damaging information about their antidepressant Seroxat and its link to an increased risk of suicide in children. Researchers for the BBC documentary series Panorama obtained three critical documents … Continue reading

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Wyeth Loses Prempro Suit

Pharmaceutical giant Wyeth was ordered by a Pennsylvania state jury to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages to an Arkansas woman and her husband who held the company’s hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug Prempro responsible for the woman’s breast cancer. … Continue reading

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Judge Rejects State Farm Settlement

In another apparent legal blow to State Farm Fire & Causalty Co., U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter rejected a Mississippi class-action settlement related to Hurricane Katrina damage, claiming that the proposed settlement favored the needs of the insurance company over … Continue reading

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Amgen’s Anemia Drug Aranesp Carries Risk in Cancer Patients

In a letter sent last week to medical professionals and posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug maker Amgen warned of an elevated risk of fatalities associated with the use of their anemia drug, Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa), … Continue reading

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Genentech Issues Warning About Eye Drug Lucentis

In a letter sent to 1,500 eye doctors, Genentech is warning that its macular degeneration drug, Lucentis, may increase the risk of stroke if administered in high doses. Approved a mere six months ago by the FDA, Lucentis has already … Continue reading

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Trasylol Clinical Trials Halted

Bayer HealthCare announced it is discontinuing three clinical trials for their drug, Trasylol, citing recent FDA-approved label changes. Bayer was hoping to expand the approved usage of the drug, which currently is only approved for use in the course of … Continue reading

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Study: Long-Term Cell Phone Use May Be Linked to Brain Tumors

For the past decade or more, many people have feared that excessive cell-phone usage may lead to an increased risk of developing brain tumors. Yet, that hypothesis has never been proven. A new European study, to be published in next … Continue reading

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Executive Order Gives White House More Regulatory Power

Few people may have noticed, but the White House recently handed down a decree that may have significant effects on several areas of federal regulation in the United States. Last week, President George W. Bush issued new amendments to Executive … Continue reading

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FDA Backs Off New Birth-Control Guidelines

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee held a two-day meeting to discuss, among other items, the possibility of implementing new standards of effectiveness for hormonal contraceptives. However, while the panel encouraged drug manufacturers … Continue reading

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