Monthly Archives: March 2008

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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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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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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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