Monthly Archives: December 2009

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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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Dehumidifiers Recalled For Burn Hazard

About < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">98,000 Portable Dehumidifiers, which were manufactured by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China, have been recalled due to fire and burn hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada just announced. The power connector … Continue reading

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Firm Settles With DOJ Over Unapproved Medical Device

Spectranetics Corporation, a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">medical device manufacturer, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has agreed to pay the United States $4.9 million in civil damages and a $100,000 forfeiture to resolve claims against the company, the Justice Department just announced, said … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

Sprint Fidelis Problems Weigh On Medtronic

We have long been writing about the dangerous, sometimes deadly, issue regarding < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">defective cardiac device leads. Now, a report out by UBS Investment Research announced that, “lead failures could accelerate over time,” said Med City News. Lead wires are … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtronic Defibrillators |

E. coli Tainted Beef Served In Restaurants Sickens 21

Earlier this week we wrote that an < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">E. coli outbreak prompted the recall of 248,000 pounds of beef products produced by National Steak and Poultry, of Owasso, Oklahoma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety & Inspection Service … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning |

Lead Paint Violation Prompts Recall Of Wooden Toys

About 300 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Wooden Skill Ball Toys distributed by Kendamaspot LLC, of Redmond, Washington have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The surface paint coating on the ball contains excessive levels of lead, violating the … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Safety 1st Disney, Eddie Bauer Play Yards Recalled

A large recall of about 213,000 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Safety 1st Disney Care Centerâ„¢ Play Yards and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards has been announced, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recalled Safety 1st Disney Care Centerâ„¢ Play … Continue reading

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FDA to Study Effect Of Prescription Drugs on Pregnant Women

A new research program called the Medication Exposure in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program (MEPREP) will fund research to study the effects of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">prescription medications used during pregnancy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The program is … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Salmonella Hazelnut Recalls Continue

Janzen Farms, Dayton, Oregon is recalling hazelnut kernels because the product has the potential to be contaminated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just announced. The recalled hazelnut kernels were sold in November and December 2009 … Continue reading

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FDA Slammed Over Heart Device Trials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been criticized by two prominent medical journals over how it approves < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">cardiovascular medical devices, says the Wall Street Journal. The journals accused the FDA of releasing some devices to market based … Continue reading

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FDA Misses BPA Deadline Again

For the third time this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will miss its own deadline on advising the public on the safety of products manufactured with the controversial chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—reports the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel (JSOnline). … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

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