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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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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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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tainted Wipe Maker Responds to FDA Injuction

Following raids; seizures; at least six lawsuits; complaints of serious illnesses; failed inspections; a number of massive recalls for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">tainted alcohol wipes, swabs and other medical products; and, worst of all, the death of two-year-old Harrison Kothari, H&P Industries … Continue reading

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Banner Supply Agrees to $55 Million Settlement to Resolve Florida Chinese Drywall Claims

Banner Supply, its affiliates and insurers have agreed to settle < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Defective_Chinese_Drywall">Chinese drywall claims with thousands of Florida homeowners. According to a Reuters report, the $55 million global settlement, which still has to be approved by the federal judge overseeing … Continue reading

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Staten Island Man Awarded $5.4 Million in Bedsore Lawsuit

A Staten Island man was just awarded a multi-million dollar settlement following a debilitating and ongoing bout with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nursing_home_abuse_statistics">bedsores that began at Staten Island University Hospital. Staten Island Live (SI Live) wrote that the formerly active Robert Messina, 63, … Continue reading

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DOJ Takes Over Stent Whistleblower Lawsuit

A recent study revealed that less than half of all Americans with stable heart disease should receive guideline-recommended medicines before undergoing angioplasty with coronary stent—a procedure also known as percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI. The ProPublica study suggested that the … Continue reading

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Do Financial Incentives from Medical Device Makers Lead to Inappropriate Treatment?

A new study released today on the benefits of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">cardio resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices is especially intriguing if one considers the way medical devices are often marketed. Many device makers pay physician consultants hefty fees to conduct research that … Continue reading

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U.K. Drug Regulator to Discuss Actos – Bladder Cancer Worries

Regulators in the United Kingdom (U.K.) will meet this week to discuss < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/actos">Actos (pioglitazone), following release of a study that found patients taking the diabetes medication faced a higher risk of developing bladder cancer. Just last week, regulators in … Continue reading

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Study Raises Questions About Heart Devices

A new meta-analysis by a physician research team from University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, reveals that certain < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">pacemakers implanted in heart failure patients were of no help to 40 percent … Continue reading

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Victoza Raises Thyroid Tumor, Pancreatitis Fears

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Victoza (liraglutide) is reminding doctors of some serious side effects that may be associated with the Type II Diabetes drug – thyroid C-cell tumors and acute pancreatitis. Novo Nordisk decided to issue a “Dear Healthcare Provider” … Continue reading

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