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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Tysabri PML Cases in Europe Prompt FDA to Seek Labeling Change

Federal regulators informed healthcare providers today that monotherapy with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/tysabri">Tysabri has been linked to two new European cases of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).  The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said it is working with Elan and Biogen Idec, … Continue reading

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Canadian Listeria Outbreak: Four Dead, 17 Ill, More Cases Feared

Canadian public health officials are saying they linked a deadly bacterial outbreak of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria that has killed four people to recalled meat products from Maple Leaf Foods.  The outbreak resulted in 21 confirmed cases of Listeriosis and more are … Continue reading

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Third Hot Pockets Recall This Year

Nestle Prepared Foods Company has recalled over 200,000 pounds of its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Hot Pocket Pizza Sandwiches.  According to the Associated Press, the pizza sandwiches contained small pieces of hard, red plastic and other foreign materials, including a clear, flexible, rubber-like … Continue reading

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Another Possible E. coli Outbreak Surfacing in Tulsa

Health officials are working to determine if < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_escherichia_coli">E. coli is at the root of a possible suspected food poisoning outbreak in Tulsa.  Several people in that area have became sick with possible E. coli symptoms.  Some who fell ill … Continue reading

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Long-term Incense Exposure May Up Cancer Risk

Being exposed to burning incense can increase the likelihood of developing airway cancers, a new study has found.  According to the study conducted by researchers at Copenhagen’s Statens Serum Institut, long-term exposure to incense smoke is linked to certain respiratory … Continue reading

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Study: Tobacco Marketing Promotes Cigarette Use in Youth

According to a massive study just released by the US National Cancer Institute, mass media has the power to encourage and discourage < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/light_cigarettes">tobacco use, especially among young people.  “This is the first report to conclude that tobacco advertising and … Continue reading

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More Salmonella Cases Linked to Santa Fe Restaurant

The Associated Press is reporting that the New Mexico state Department of Health is saying that three more people have been diagnosed with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella bacteria infections that have been traced to Diego’s restaurant in Sante Fe. Deborah Busemeyer, Health … Continue reading

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Owner in Texas Bus Crash Reportedly Cut Corners, Racked Up Violations

An insurance company attorney said that an illegally treaded tire responsible for a fatal Texas < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bus_accidents">bus crash earlier this month was already installed on the vehicle when it was purchased.  But others who know Angel De la Torre, the … Continue reading

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Viagra, Cialis Amnesia Reports Prompt Labeling Change

The labeling for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/viagra">Viagra and Cialis will now include information about Transient Global Amnesia (TGA), a side-effect that may occasionally accompany use of the erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs.  A third ED drug, Levitra, had information about the temporary form … Continue reading

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FDA To Consider New Rules for Children’s Cold Medicines

The rules regulating < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">over-the-counter children’s cold medicines are about to be revised by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the agency announced late last week.  Concern has been growing over the past several years that over-the-counter cold medicines meant … Continue reading

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