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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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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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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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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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 Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Omega Alpha Kidney Flush Recalled in Canada

A recall has been issued in Canada for all lots of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Omega Alpha Kidney Flush. According to a notice from Health Canada, Omega Alpha Kidney Flush is being recalled due to the omission of cautionary and warning statements on … Continue reading

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Tween Brands Recalls Beaded Curtains Over Strangulation Risk

A large product recall of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Beaded Curtains has been initiated over strangulation risks, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer … Continue reading

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Sony PlayStation Network Hack Sparks $1 Billion Canadian Lawsuit

Sony is facing yet another lawsuit over the massive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Sony-PlayStation-Network-Security-Data-Breach-Class-Action-Lawsuit">PlayStation Network hack. This time, a Canadian user of Sony’s PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) service is seeking $1 billion, some of which would pay for credit monitoring … Continue reading

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Stolen Medical Devices Prompt Warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued an urgent release over a potential infection risk. The risk was announced in an alert from Boston Scientific Corporation in which it announced a stolen shipment of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Endoscopy and Urology/Women’s … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Many Drugs Approved on Incomplete Data

We’ve long written about medical devices hitting the market via a legal process that involves fast-tracking, a process which has been roundly criticized by many nonindustry advocates concerned with potentially defective devices making their way into patients’ bodies. Now, Reuters … Continue reading

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Connecticut Probes Insurance Death Benefit Payments

Following reports that beneficiaries were not contacted concerning payment of life insurance benefits in cases in which the insured had died, the Connecticut insurance department initiated an inquiry into how insurers’ death benefits are being paid and how insurance companies … Continue reading

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Swedish Bone Drug Study Confirms Rare Thigh Fracture Risk

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Bisphosphonates">Bisphosphonates, a class of drugs used to treat osteoporosis that includes Aclasta, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/actonel">Actonel, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/aredia">Aredia, Bondronat, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Boniva">Boniva, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Didronel">Didronel, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/fosamax">Fosamax, Fosavance, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Reclast">Reclast, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Skelid">Skelid, and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/zometa">Zometa, do increase the risk of certain rare thigh … Continue reading

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More Recalls in Tomato Salmonella Scare

Tomatoes have been making headlines again for a Salmonella scare that is driving a number of recalls. This time, both the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

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GlaxoSmithKline Close to Settling More Avandia Lawsuits

It looks like GlaxoSmithKline may be preparing to settle more < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avandia">Avandia lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the Avandia settlements would cover roughly 1,000 former Avandia users who sued the company in state courts in Pennsylvania, California … Continue reading

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