Daily Archives: May 11, 2011

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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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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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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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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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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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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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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

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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

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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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