Daily Archives: April 8, 2011

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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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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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Government Shutdown Will Hamper Food, Drug Inspections

The expected government shutdown will significantly impact the frequency of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">food and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">drug inspections, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “We will be pretty severely limited. We’re hopeful that a resolution is reached before it comes … Continue reading

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FDA Seizes Triad Group Medical Products

U.S. Marshalls this week seized $6 million worth of medical products from H&P Industries Inc., which does business as Triad Group, at the behest of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The raid was prompted by the failure of … Continue reading

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Deadly Listeria Outbreak Tied to Hogshead Cheese

A < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria outbreak last year, that killed two people in Louisiana and prompted a 500,000-pound processed meat recall, is making headlines again. The deadly Listeria outbreak is the featured topic in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Overuse Creating Superbugs, WHO Says

We often write about the issue of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">antibiotic overuse and misuse, warning about the potential global ramifications connected to these problems. Drug resistance—specifically antibiotic resistance—has become more than just worrisome. Antibiotic drug resistance implications are dangerous, deadly, and here. … Continue reading

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Alabama Hospital Outbreak Tied to Poor Sterilization

The deadly bacterial outbreak that led to infections in 19 patients at six Alabama hospitals was most probably caused by a sterilization process gone wrong. Nine people died as a result of the infection believed to be linked to tainted … Continue reading

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Hospital Errors More Common Than Thought

People are suffering < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">hospital errors more often than first believed. According to Reuters, some one in three Americans are injured over hospital mistakes. U.S. researchers used a new measurement tool to determine hospital mistakes, finding about 10 times more … Continue reading

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Group Launches Campaign to Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Exposure

A non-profit environmental group has launched a global campaign for safer cell phones. According to its press release, the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) will promote the public right to know about ways to reduce cell phone radiation in a dozen … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania wants Water Tested for Radioactive Fracking Waste

Pennsylvania environmental regulators said yesterday they will begin testing drinking water supplies for radioactive materials, following a push from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The state’s action follows a New York Times expose published last month that revealed potentially … Continue reading

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Tysabri Label Modified to Include More Brain Infection Data

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/tysabri">Tysabri, the multiple sclerosis drug marketed by Biogen Idec Inc. and Elan Corp is having its label updated to include new data about the incidence of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, a rare brain infection. According to a report … Continue reading

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