Monthly Archives: March 2007

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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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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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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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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New York Times: Bush Appointee Obstructed Scientists at Interior Department

New evidence is mounting that President Bush’s political agenda is interfering with and altering scientific reports issued by the federal government. The New York Times reports that, according to an Interior Department investigation, a “top-ranking official overseeing the Fish and … Continue reading

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FDA Identifies Chemical in Contaminated Pet Food

In a bizarre twist to the pet-food-contamination story, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it has identified a chemical known as melamine as the agent that has sickened or killed thousands of dogs and cats in North America. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

FDA Announces Withdrawal of Parkinson’s Drug from Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that all pergolide products are being removed from the market due to serious safety concerns. Pergolide drugs, which are used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, have been connected with … Continue reading

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Pregnant Women’s Beef Consumption May Affect Sperm Count of Sons

In an intriguing new study, researchers have determined that a woman’s level of beef consumption during pregnancy may have adverse effects on their sons’ sperm levels and fertility. Scientists believe that the increased presence of growth hormones in beef products … Continue reading

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American Cancer Society Recommends Annual MRIs for Those at High Risk of Breast Cancer

In a significant announcement, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has amended its breast-screening guidelines to include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests for high-risk individuals. According to the ACS announcement, “Certain women with an especially high risk of developing breast cancer … Continue reading

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Sanofi Issues Warning Letter About Ketek

This week, drug maker Sanofi-Aventis sent a letter to healthcare professionals outlining the various warning and prescription changes related to their antibiotic Ketek. The changes, mandated last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), include a revision of … Continue reading

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Study: Heart Stents Often Not Worth the Risk or Cost

A highly anticipated new study has called into question the long-term effectiveness of stents in the treatment of stable coronary artery disease. Researchers have determined that the use of drug therapy (including blood-pressure and cholesterol drugs) is just as effective … Continue reading

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NIH: Early Child Care Affects Child Development

A large, ongoing studied by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that there are links between the quality of early child care and the child’s vocabulary development. In addition, however, the study has also determined that children … Continue reading

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Candy Eggs Sold at Macy’s Recalled Due to Labeling Inaccuracies, Allergy Fears

Harry London Candies Inc. has announced a recall of several of its products due to inaccurate labeling information. The confections in question contain the presence of eggs and/or milk, neither of which is declared on the products’ label. The company … Continue reading

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Recall Expanded for Arsenic-Tainted Mineral Water

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a second warning about Jermuk mineral water due to the presence of arsenic in their products. The FDA noted that their sampling of the Armenian-produced water found that it contained 454-674 … Continue reading

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