Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

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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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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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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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CPSC Renews Warning for Baby Bumbo Seat Following Injury Reports

Following more reports of serious injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is renewing its warning for Baby Bumpo Seats. The CPSC announced that, due to the serious risk of injury to babies, it and Bumbo International Trust of … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products |

Eating Canned Soup Spikes BPA Levels

We’ve long warned about the dangers of the polycarbonate plastic chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogenic chemical whose ubiquity is near legendary. Found in a growing number of consumer products, it is probably best known today for its presence in … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Merck Agrees to Pay $950 Million to Settle Vioxx Marketing Charges

Merck has agreed to pay $950 million to settle Vioxx marketing charges. Pleading guilty to illegally advertising now-banned painkiller Vioxx (rofecoxib), Merck Sharp & Dohme will be paying millions in fines and penalties to the United States government as well … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Vioxx |

Medtronic Infuse Sales Decline as Controversy Grows

In recent months, the controversy surrounding Medtronic Inc.’s Infuse bone growth product has gained momentum. Not only has the device maker been accused of downplaying the serious side effects associated with Infuse, but most recently, a prominent researcher warned that … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtronic Infuse |

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