Monthly Archives: July 2007

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Kansas Oil Spill at Coffeyville Resources Refinery Blamed on Open Valve

Employees at the Coffeyville Resources Refinery in Kansas failed to close a valve on one of the plant’s storage tanks during emergency shutdown procedures, an oversight that allowed more than 71,000 gallons of crude oil into the town of Coffeyville, … Continue reading

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Barton Solvents Plant Explosion Evacuees Begin to Receive Reimbursement

Barton Solvents, the owner of the Valley Center, Kansas solvent plant that exploded on July 18, has begun issuing reimbursement checks to residents who evacuated the town following the blast. So, far the company has issued nearly 1500 checks, and … Continue reading

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Con Edison Steam Pipe Explosion Burn Victim’s Mother Wants Answers from the NYC Utility

The mother of a man seriously burned by the < "">Con Edison steam pipe explosion in New York City says that she holds the utility responsible for his injuries. Gregory McCullough, 21, was in his tow truck when it was … Continue reading

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Ginger Laced with Pesticides Recalled: China’s Latest Potentially Deadly Export

Fresh ginger laced with pesticides is the latest Chinese import to face a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall. The < "">tainted ginger was discovered by California inspectors over the weekend, and on Monday, the state issued a warning against … Continue reading

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Avandia the Defective Drug and it’s Maker GlaxoSmithKline Under Heat Lamp

Patients using Avandia do face a greater risk of heart attack, and the diabetes drug should bear the strictest Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warning possible, said an FDA Advisory Panel investigating the medication’s safety. But the panel stopped short … Continue reading

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FEMA Knew Katrina Trailers Were Toxic, But Ignored Danger on Advice of Lawyers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) failed to test the < "">toxic trailers of Hurricane Katrina refugees on the advice of their lawyers. Toxic formaldehyde is reported to have been seeping into these trailers. As many as 120,000 families displaced … Continue reading

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Botulism-Tainted Castleberry’s Chili Linked to Illnesses in California, Hawaii

Chili recalled by Castleberry’s Food may be to blame for several reported cases of botulism poisoning in two states. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that a San Diego woman has been diagnosed with botulism, while two people … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Settles Duragesic Patch Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to settle wrongful death claims involving its < "">Duragesic pain-killing patch for more than $2.5 million, according to The settlement, paid to the family of a Florida man who overdosed on the opiod painkiller … Continue reading

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Avandia’s Fate to be Decided by Today by FDA Advisory Panel

Avandia, the widely-used diabetes drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Plc. that has been linked to increased risk of heart attacks in diabetes patients, could be removed from the market by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after a meeting held … Continue reading

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The Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch: A Disturbing History

Since 2005, < "">Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches have been recalled three separate times by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to a malfunction with the memory recoil ring that often caused patients to suffer serious injury. Before the Kugel … Continue reading

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