Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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Ohio Nursing Home Worker Pleads Guilty To Abuse

An Ohio nursing home worker has pleaded guilty to abusing a resident in a case in which a family member’s hidden camera revealed numerous instances of maltreatment. Steve Piskor, concerned over his mother’s treatment at MetroHealth Medical Center Skilled Nursing … Continue reading

Posted in Nursing Home Abuse |

Judge Refuses To Overturn Zometa Dead Jaw Verdict

A federal judge has refused to overturn a verdict Zometa dead jaw lawsuit. Previously, a jury agreed that the drug maker neglected to appropriately warn about the risks connected to its bone-strengthening medications, Zometa and Aredia, such as severe jaw … Continue reading

Posted in Bisphosphonates, Pharmaceuticals |

Pfizer Ready for Generics as Lipitor Patent Ends

Faced with losing its lucrative Lipitor patent today, Pfizer Inc. is bracing for competition from generic versions of the best-selling cholesterol drugs. But the drug maker hasn’t been sitting idly by waiting for its patent to expire, and in recent … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Potential E. Coli Vaccine Sparks Debate Over Cost

A possible E. coli vaccine has those involved debating over the shots’ cost. Although believed to drop levels of the deadly pathogen to negligible amounts, the vaccine and other technologies come with some issues. Although a vaccine and a feed … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning |

Fort Detrick to Test Land Near Contaminated Area B

The Frederick County, Maryland, Board of Commissioners has given the Fort Detrick Army Base permission to drill wells and test county-owned property for contaminants. According to the Frederick News-Post, the land to be tested is located between the main part … Continue reading

Posted in Fort Detrick Cancer Cluster, Health Concerns |

First Individual Yasmin Lawsuit Filed In Canada

The first individual Yasmin lawsuit has been filed in Canada by the family of a 26-year-old woman who died after taking the birth control pills. Vicky Caprice Mersereau died of a large pulmonary embolism in 2009 after ingesting Yasmin, which … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Yaz / Yasmin |

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Offer No Advantages over Older Versions, FDA Study Finds

A new study has found that newer artificial hips, including metal-on-metal varieties, offer patients few advantages over traditional metal-on-polyethylene or ceramic-on-polyethylene versions. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, also found that people who received all-metal hip implants were … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Metal Hip Implants |

FDA Moves to Shut Down Pennsylvania Supplement Maker

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that it is planning on shutting down a Pennsylvania dietary supplement maker. This is, said the agency, the first permanent injunction of its kind and that this move affects over 400 … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Small Overdoses of Acetaminophen Over Time Can Be Deadly

Even small overdoses of acetaminophen, when taken over time, can be fatal, a new study has revealed. Acetaminophen, especially in the form of Tylenol, has been a constant presence in many U.S. homes for over 50 years. Because of their … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

10% of Stent, Angioplasty Patients Re-Hospitalized

In 10% of the cases, angioplasty and stent patients require re-hospitalization. Angioplasty, which usually involves heart stents to widen blocked blood vessels, is prescribed to clear arteries. A study of over 15,000 patients who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

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