Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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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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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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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