Daily Archives: May 18, 2011

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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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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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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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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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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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Two Firms Recall Pig Ears for Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced two separate recalls for pig ears over concerns that the pet treats might be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk … Continue reading

Posted in Shigella |

Epogen and Procrit Don’t Help, May Harm Heart Attack Patients, Study Finds

A new study has found that the anemia drug sold under the names < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/epogen">Epogen and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/procrit">Procrit don’t reduce damage in heart attack patients, and may actually harm them. The study is published in the Journal of the American … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

New Darvocet Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Louisiana

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/darvocet">Darvocet is facing a class action lawsuit that alleges the manufacturer’s neglect to warn patients of the drug’s—and its generic equivalent’s—risks and side effects. Propoxyphene is an opioid painkiller that was first sold as Darvon in … Continue reading

Posted in Darvon / Darvocet, Pharmaceuticals |

Fracking A Threat to Susquehanna River

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a natural gas drilling technique which involves blasting a mix of water, chemicals, and sand into shale rock formations to shake loose natural gas deposits. While some gas producers tout the benefits of this practice … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Japan Disaster Raises Red Flag for U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

The type of venting system meant to prevent hydrogen explosions at U.S. nuclear power plants failed to work at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant, according to a report from The New York Times. The revelation is now raising serious concerns … Continue reading

Posted in Radiation Exposure Environmental Contamination |

Many Baby Products Made with Toxic Flame Retardants

Heavy metals, dangerous components, a range of chemicals and toxins, and small parts that pose choking hazards have all been cited in a large array of baby toys and children’s product recalls. Now, USA Today reports that a new study … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Marcellus Shale Driller Hit with Record Fine for Water Contamination

Chesapeake Energy, a major natural gas driller in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale, has been assessed a record fine for contaminating private water wells in Bradford County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) also fined Chesapeake for a tank fire that … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

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