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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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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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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 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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Texas DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuit Claims Metal Contamination

Another defective < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/DePuy-Hip-Implant-Recall-Johnson-and-Johnson">DePuy hip implant lawsuit has been filed, this time in Texas. Richard Dykes said that if he knew about the issues with the DePuy device, he would never have undergone hip replacement surgery with the faulty medical … Continue reading

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X-Hero and Male Enhancer Dietary Supplements Recalled

USA Far Ocean Group Inc., of Alhambra, California, is conducting a product recall of two of its counterfeit supplement products: < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">X-Hero and Male Enhancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. FDA representatives conducted a lab analysis … Continue reading

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FDA Asks Maker of Tainted Alcohol Swabs and Wipes to Cease Production

Federal health regulators have asked H&P Industries Inc., which does business as the Triad Group of Hartland, Wisconsin, to stop making and distributing alcohol swabs and other medical products. According to a report on MSNBC, the Food & Drug Administration … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

FDA Issues Soladex Vitamin Solution Warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a warning to consumers to stop using < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Soladek Vitamin Solution due to the risk of serious health problems from dangerously high levels of vitamins A and D. The defective Soladek … Continue reading

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Candy Dynamics Recalls Toxic Waste Short Circuits Bubble Gum Over Lead

Circle City Marketing and Distributing, doing business as (DBA) Candy Dynamics, of Indianapolis, Indiana, just issued a voluntary recall of Toxic Waste® Short Circuitsâ„¢ Bubble Gum, over < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">elevated lead levels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. … Continue reading

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As Fosamax Bone Fracture Lawsuits Pile Up, Merck Seeks Consolidation

An increasing number of women have filed < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/fosamax">Fosamax lawsuits claiming the popular osteoporosis drug caused them to suffer a rare type of femur, or thigh, fracture. Merck & Co., the maker of Fosamax, recently motioned to have the growing … Continue reading

Posted in Fosamax, Pharmaceuticals |

List of Potential Foodborne Illnesses A Long One

We’ve long written about the dangers of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">tainted food—what ABC Action News calls Fatal Food—and the ubiquity and variety of foodborne pathogens that can be found in our food supply. ABC Action News has compiled a detailed list of … Continue reading

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Be Cautious About Topamax Pregnancy Risk, Headache Group Tells Women

The American Headache Society says women of childbearing age should be careful about using Topamax (topiramate) to treat migraine headaches because of its birth defect risk. The society’s advice followed the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent warning that women … Continue reading

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Study Sees Industry Conflicts on Panels that Write Heart Treatment Guidelines

Another study is highlighting the potential pitfalls that can occur when doctors maintain close financial ties with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">drug and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">medical device makers. According to the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, most of the doctors who … Continue reading

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Doctor’s Spinal Fusion Surgery Record Raises Questions

A Portland, Oregon neurosurgeon is facing scrutiny for the high number of spinal fusion surgeries he performs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Vishal James Makker has been named in a number of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">medical malpractice lawsuits filed by … Continue reading

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