Monthly Archives: January 2008

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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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 Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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Head Lice Drugs Toxic, FDA Warns

Linade Shampoo and Lindane Lotion, two popular used to treat head lice can be toxic, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned.   Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals, which makes Lindane Shampoo and Lindane Lotion, is the only U.S. maker of an … Continue reading

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NSF Study Finds Link between Gadolinium Used in MRI and Debilitating Disease

Another Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) study has tied the debilitating condition to Gadolinium contrast agents used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  This latest NSF research was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which examined a cluster of NSF … Continue reading

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NuCel Eye Drops, Ear Wash Recalled over Contamination Concerns

NuCel-brand eye drops and eye-ear wash are subject to a voluntary, nationwide recall due to possible contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today. According to the FDA, the NuCel products are not sterile. NuCel Labs of Idaho … Continue reading

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US “Abortion Pill” Supplier Caught up in Chineses Tainted Drug Scandal, Leading to RU-486 Safety Concerns

The Chinese manufacturer of the so-called “abortion pill” is accused of selling tainted cancer drugs in that country.  Shanghai Hualian is the only supplier to the U.S. of the abortion pill, mifepristone—or RU-486.   It is one of China’s largest state-owned … Continue reading

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Zyprexa Illegal Marketing Could Cost Eli Lilly $1 Billion+

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/zyprexa">Zyprexa maker Eli Lilly is in negotiations with state and federal prosecutors that could result in the company paying more than $1 billion to settle charges that it engaged in illegal off-label marketing of Zyprexa. According to The Wall … Continue reading

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Avandia Study Leaked by Glaxo-Paid Reviewer

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avandia">Avandia study that touched off a firestorm over the diabetes drug’s cardiac side effects was leaked to GlaxoSmithKline ahead of its publication in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  According to a report in the Wall Street … Continue reading

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Tonsillectomy Patients Often Burned by Defective Cauterizing Devices

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Defective cauterizing devices used during tonsillectomy often burn areas around the lips and mouth. As it turns out, these cauterizing device burns are an underreported complication of tonsillectomy that can result in long-term problems, according to a study reported … Continue reading

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Similar Drug Names Often Lead to Tragic Consequences

Like sounding drug names could be behind a spike in < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">medication errors.  Shockingly, medication mix-ups have more than doubled in the past few years since 2004 and can have deadly consequences.  The prevailing issue seems to be the result … Continue reading

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Botox to Undergo Canadian Safety Review

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Botox death reports have prompted Canadian regulatory authorities to take another look at the drug.  Health Canada is looking at the safety information on Botox, which is approved in Canada to fight wrinkles as well as for non-cosmetic purposes, … Continue reading

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Florida Vioxx Plaintiffs Look to Expand Settlement

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx plaintiffs in Florida are petitioning a federal court to expand Merck’s proposed $4.85 billion settlement to include those who did not file suit against the company by Nov. 9, 2007.  But many lawyers involved in the Vioxx settlement … Continue reading

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