Daily Archives: May 11, 2011

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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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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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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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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Energy Saving Light Bulbs Recalled After Fire Reports

A large recall of about 317,000 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Energy Saving Light Bulbs has been announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after fire reports were received in connection with the defective bulbs. The defective Telstar Products light bulbs can … Continue reading

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Study Says Observation First Could Cut CT Scans in Children with Head Injuries

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics says children are being subjected to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Radiation-Overexposure-Medical-Devices-Lawsuit-Lawyer">unnecessary CT scans following head injuries. The authors of the study, researchers at Boston and UC Davis, call for more children to be placed under … Continue reading

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Chives Recalled for Listeria Risk

Goodness Gardens, Inc. of New Hampton, New York just issued a recall for Chives over concerns the produce could be contaminated with the dangerous < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Listeria pathogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The defective chives—lot number … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

Dietary Supplements Labeled as Antibiotics Recalled

Multi-Mex Distributor, Inc. just issued a recall of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">dietary supplements that may be labeled as antibiotic drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The recall was initiated after an FDA inspection revealed the recalled dietary supplement packaging … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Proposed Fracking Ban in France Has Wide Support

France is considering legislation that would ban the controversial oil and gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. According to a report in The New York Times, some members of conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party oppose fracking, in … Continue reading

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Chantix Lawsuits Blame Drug for Murder-Suicide

The estates of a couple who were killed in a murder-suicide two years ago have filed a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/chantix_side_effects">Chantix lawsuit against the drug company Pfizer Inc. this week. The lawsuit alleges, said The Post-Gazette, that Chantix prompted the rage that … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Makes Provisions for Risperdal Settlement

Drug maker Johnson & Johnson has put funds aside toward a possible < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/risperdal">Risperdal (Generic: Risperidone) settlement. The sum remains unknown and is being earmarked for penalties that have been racking up over the course of an investigation that has … Continue reading

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Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Ordered to Conduct Safety Studies

Federal health regulators have ordered DePuy Orthopaedics and 20 other hip implant makers to conduct studies of metal-on-metal hip implants to determine if they are shedding dangerous amounts of metallic debris in patients. In addition to DePuy, other device makers … Continue reading

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