Monthly Archives: September 2007

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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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’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Chantix Side Effects Blamed for Musician Carter Albrecht’s Violent Death

There is quit a bit of speculation that the side effects of the ant-smoking drug Chantix might have been responsible for ending Carter Albrecht’s life. Carter Albrecht, a prominent Dallas musician died a violent death earlier this month. In the … Continue reading

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Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents Used in MRIs Get New FDA Black Box Warning

Today, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a “Dear Healthcare Professional” letter to inform practitioners of recent changes to the prescribing information for gadolinium based contrast agents used during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The letter informs healthcare professionals that … Continue reading

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Latest Toy Recall Involves Nearly 600,000 Lead-Tainted Toys

American consumers have not seen the end of lead-tainted toy recalls. This week, the Consumer Products Safety (CPSC) commission issued 7 separate recall notices for toys made with toxic lead paint and children’s jewelry that contain unlawful levels of lead. … Continue reading

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Topps Frozen Beef E. Coli Outbreak Spreads to 8 States, Sickens 21

E. coli contaminated Topps Meat Company frozen beef has already sickened 21 people around the country, leading federal officials to launch an investigation of the company’s plant and suppliers. Earlier this week, Topps recalled more than 300,000 pounds of frozen … Continue reading

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Avandia Study Says Drug Increases Chance of Heart Failure

Yet another study has found that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avandia">Avandia and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/actos">Actos, popular diabetes drugs, raise a patient’s risk for heart failure. These new findings are just the latest to cast doubts on the safety of these medications, which have been … Continue reading

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Poor FDA Oversight of Clinical Trials Puts Patients in Danger

Lax oversight of clinical trials for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">drugs and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">medical devices by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is endangering the lives of millions of people who participate in such studies. A new report says that the FDA has … Continue reading

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FDA Promises Tougher Stance on Unapproved Drugs

More than forty years after a legal loophole allowed thousands of unapproved drugs to stay on the market, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is finally taking steps to crack down. But with even the FDA conceding that it cannot … Continue reading

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Kolcraft Play Yard Kills Infant, Prompting Massive Recall

A Kolcraft Play Yard has been blamed for the death of a 10-month-old boy, prompting the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to order a recall of 425,000 other defective play yards. The CPSC says that a restraint strap on the … Continue reading

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E. Coli Sickens Six Indiana School Children

Health officials in Indiana are frantically trying to pinpoint the source of E. coli contamination that has left at least six students at one elementary school sick. Four of the victims are known to have been infected with the deadly … Continue reading

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Fentora Side Effects Can Be Fatal, Warns FDA

Fentora, a powerful narcotic pain killer was the subject of a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Public Health Advisory today. The advisory was issued because the FDA has received reports of deaths and other serious side effects related to Fentora. … Continue reading

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