Monthly Archives: March 2008

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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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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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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Cancers Can Be Spread Through Organ Transplants

When 15-year-old Alex Koehne died a year ago at Stony Brook University Medical Center, his parents donated his organs; and although Alex was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, his organs were deemed healthy for transplantation.  A month later, the Koehne’s were … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

Salmonella Outbreak in Minnesota Prompts USDA Warning on Frozen Chicken Entrees

Two cases of < "">Salmonella poisoning in Minnesota have been linked to Milford Valley Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu raw frozen chicken entrees. While no recall was issued, consumers are being warned to cook the raw, frozen chicken dinners thoroughly, and … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Ibuprofen Not a Good Choice for Those On Aspirin Therapy

According to a study in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology this past January, < "">ibuprofen may lessen the benefit of daily aspirin therapy.  Other pain relievers are preferable for those who need aspirin therapy; however, complete clinical relevance of this … Continue reading

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As Alamosa Tries to Flush Salmonella from Water System, Some Residents Allowed to Shower

Last week, there was not much the residents of Alamosa, Colorado could do in the way of water other than flushing their toilets since the municipal water system was off-limits for every other use.  Schools and restaurants were closed and … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

FDA Orders Drug Safety Plans

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just named 25 < "">drugs and biologic products, including some well-known and popular medications, whose makers will be required to submit safety plans later this year.  The product list as published in the … Continue reading

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Advance Bionics Faces Fine Over Defective Cochlear Implant Hearing Aids

Advanced Bionics, LLC, a maker of < "">cochlear implant hearing aids, could face a stiff fine from the Food & Drug Administration  (FDA) for manufacturing violations that may have resulted in dangerously defective hearing aids.  The FDA has alleged that … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Heparin Syringes Recalled by Covidien Ltd.

Covidien Ltd., is the latest company to recall a < "">heparin product over concerns that the drug may contain a contaminant that could be responsible for causing hundreds of adverse reactions in patients in the US.    Covidien said on Friday … Continue reading

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Vytorin Should be Considered “Last Resort”

< "">Vytorin should only be used as a last resort because there is no evidence that the cholesterol-lowering medication provides any more benefits than cheaper statins alone.  That was the conclusion reached by a panel of four prominent cardiologists after … Continue reading

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Salmonella Cantaloupe Prompts Simply Fresh Fruit Recall

Simply Fresh Fruit of Los Angeles, California has announced a nationwide recall of select fresh cut fruit products that contain cantaloupe that may be have been contaminated with < "">salmonella.  The week, Simply Fresh was requested by its supplier, Tropifresh, … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

Children’s Cough and Cold Medicines Restricted in Britain

< "">Cough and cold medicines for children under the age of two are being pulled from Great Britain shelves immediately.  At least 100 products will be put under the counter while parents are warned about the danger of giving toddlers … Continue reading

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