Monthly Archives: February 2007

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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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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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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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CDC Issues Update About Salmonella Outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that the number of patients affected by the recent salmonella outbreak has risen to 370, and incidents have been reported in 42 states. The CDC and FDA are … Continue reading

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Former FDA Chief Receives Sentencing

Former FDA Chief Receives SentencingLester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), was fined almost $90,000 and put on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty in October to misdemeanor charges of conflict … Continue reading

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New Senate Bill Seeks to Put Tobacco Under FDA Control

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, has introduced new legislation that would put tobacco regulation in the purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act would give the FDA control … Continue reading

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Study: Seniors Face Risks with All Antipsychotic Drugs

For the last couple of years, there have been a lot of questions raised about the cost, effectiveness, and safety of second-generation (or atypical) antipsychotic drugs such as Zyprexa, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/seroquel">Seroquel, and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/risperdal">Risperdal. However, a new Canadian study has … Continue reading

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FDA Questions Efficacy of Sanofi’s Bird-Flu Vaccine

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a two-day meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and among the agenda items will be a discussion of the safety and effectiveness of Sanofi Aventis’ … Continue reading

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Study: Big Pharma Influences Breast Cancer Research Results

In an enlightening and alarming new study, researchers led by Dr. Jeffrey Peppercorn of the University of North Carolina report that clinical breast-cancer trials that are funded by drug companies tend to produce more favorable results than independently funded studies. … Continue reading

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Rats Invade New York KFC-Taco Bell

A New York franchise of the fast-food chain KFC-Taco Bell was closed immediately on Friday after a large population of rats was seen scurrying around the restaurant before it had opened. The Greenwich Village store on Sixth Avenue had been … Continue reading

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Study: Contraceptive Patch Increases Risk of Blood Clots

According to a study published this month in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, women who use contraceptive patches, such as Ortho Evra, may be more than twice as susceptible to blood clotting as women who take oral contraception. The study … Continue reading

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FDA Issues New Warning About Asthma Drug Xolair

Citing reports of severe, potentially fatal allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning about omalizumab, an asthma drug marketed by Genentech as Xolair. The agency has requested a “black box” warning be added … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Linked to First Fatality, Suit Filed

The family of Roberta Barkay, 76, a Pennsylvania woman who died last month, has filed suit against ConAgra Foods, alleging that Barkay’s death resulted from consuming the company’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/peanut_butter_salmonella">salmonella-contaminated peanut butter. The couple is claiming negligence and wrongful death … Continue reading

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