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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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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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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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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Chesapeake Energy Faces Maryland Lawsuit over Pennsylvania Fracking Blowout

Last month’s fracking blowout in Bradford County, Pennsylvania is having repercussions as far away as Maryland. That state’s attorney general has announced that he will file a lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy Corp., the operator of the blown well. According to … Continue reading

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Coumadin Recalled Over Potency Issue

Bristol-Myers Squibb just initiated a recall of one lot of 1,000-count bottles of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Coumadin® (warfarin sodium) Crystalline 5 mg tablets, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Bottles of 1,000 tablets were distributed to pharmacies for further … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Defibtech Recalls Faulty Automatic External Defibrillators

Defibtech, LLC just initiated a worldwide voluntary recall of certain DDU-100 series < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">semi-automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) sold under the Lifeline AED and ReviveR AED brand names, including 65,885 AEDs distributed in the United States. This recall, said the U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Critics of InterPhone Cell Phone Radiation Study Cite Flaws

When the InterPhone Study was published last year, it was touted by many as strong evidence that exposure to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Cell-Phones-Cause-Cancer-Radiation-Exposure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">cell phone radiation was not associated with brain cancer. But many critics of InterPhone disagree and claim the study is … Continue reading

Posted in Cell Phones & Cancer, Cellular Phone |

Salmonella Prompts Two Firms to Recall Grape Tomatoes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced two separate recalls for grape tomatoes over concerns that the produce is tainted with the dangerous, even sometimes deadly, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen. Contamination with the Salmonella pathogen can lead to serious … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Children Taking Prescription Painkillers Face Overdose Risk

Some children and infants being treated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">prescription painkillers might be receiving too much medication and suffering from overdoses. According to a new study, 4 percent of children under 3 years of age on prescription painkillers could be impacted, … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

DePuy ASR Hip Implant Prompts Launch of Hip, Knee Registries

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/DePuy-Hip-Implant-Recall-Johnson-and-Johnson">DePuy ASR hip implant recall has prompted two medical groups to set up databases to track the success and failure rates of hip and knee implants. According to a report from Bloomberg News, one of the two databases … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy |

Many Unaware that OTC Pain Relievers Pose Risks

Just because a medication is sold over-the-counter (OTC), that does not mean the drug is not potent or dangerous. This is very evident in OTC pain killers including < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tylenol-Liver-Damage-Injury-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Tylenol, Bayer Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve. WebMD points out that … Continue reading

Posted in Acetaminophen / Tylenol, Pharmaceuticals |

Sony Announces another Network Hack

More trouble for Sony, which announced yesterday that a second of its networks had been hacked. The new security beach involves the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) service, which is used for multiplayer online games like EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies and … Continue reading

Posted in Sony PlayStation Breach |

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