Daily Archives: January 13, 2007

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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 ...

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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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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CDC: Cold and Cough Medicine May Be Unsafe for Infants

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning today about the potential hazards of administering over-the-counter cough and cold medicine to infants. Citing the deaths of three infants associated with the drugs, the CDC urged all … Continue reading

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State Farm Loses Benchmark Katrina Case

In a ruling that may have ramifications on hundreds of other lawsuits, a federal judge in Mississippi declared that State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. is liable for damage to a couple’s Biloxi home following Hurricane Katrina. While the insurance … Continue reading

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House Backs Medicare Drug-Negotiation Plan

In a pointed challenge to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted today in support of direct government negotiations with pharmaceutical companies in order to obtain lower drug costs for seniors. The measure passed by a vote of … Continue reading

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FDA Wants to Increase Fees from Big Pharma

Aiming for an “impressive expansion and modernization” of its drug safety system, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposal to dramatically increase “user fees” collected from the pharmaceutical industry. The proposal calls for an $87.4 million increase … Continue reading

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Caffeine Eases Post-Exercise Pain

A new study published in the Journal of Pain has found that even moderate amounts of caffeine after exercising may lead to a “large reduction in pain.” As little as two cups of brewed coffee may produce a 48 percent … Continue reading

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FDA May Widen Approval of Erbitux in Treatment of Colon Cancer

The makers and marketers of Erbitux announced today that their late-stage study of the colon cancer drug was a success, a fact that may lead to broader usage of the medication. ImClone, producer of Erbitux, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, who markets … Continue reading

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