Monthly Archives: February 2012

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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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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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

Dozens-Receive-Nonsterile-Simulated-Saline-Solution

The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Merck May Face Fine Over Diabetes Drug Studies

Drug maker, Merck, may be facing fines over how it conducted diabetes drug studies for Januvia and Janumet. Merck may be fined by U.S. regulators for neglecting to test if Januvia and Janumet may raise risks for inflamed pancreas, said … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Prescription Sleeping Pills Tied To Higher Death Risk

A new study has found that prescription sleep aids have been linked to increased risks of death. Some 6 to 10% of Americans take a prescription sleep medication such as Ambien (zolpidem), Restoril (temazepam), Lunesta (eszopiclone), and Sonata (zaleplon). According … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

“Wet Gas” Leak at Western Pennsylvania Fracking Site Worse than Thought

A leak at a hydraulic fracturing (fracking) site in southwestern Pennsylvania is worse than originally thought. According to a report from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chevron has informed officials with Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) that as much as 80 barrels … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Health Concerns and Litigation over Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control

Bayer is being widely criticized over Yaz and Yasmin, two similar types of oral contraceptives. The popular birth control pills are reportedly responsible for causing blood-clots, with some instances resulting in death. In light of the evidence, advisors to the … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Yaz / Yasmin |

Some 9/11 Victim Remains Sent To Landfill

Unbelievably, some victim remains from the 9/11 terrorist attack at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania were knowingly sent to a landfill for disposal. The Defense Department, for the first time, admitted that some cremated victim remains were dumped in a … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Statin Labels Updated to Reflect Blood Sugar, Memory Side Effects

Statins, a class of drugs used by millions of people to lower their cholesterol, can raise blood sugar levels and may cause memory loss, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned yesterday. The labels for the drugs are being … Continue reading

Posted in Crestor, Pharmaceuticals, Zocor |

Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer

Takeda’s Actos, the diabetes drug, has been linked to possible cases of bladder cancer. After studies established a connection between the drug and disease, the widely used medication was taken off the shelves in two European countries last June. Shortly … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Pharmaceuticals |

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Endangering Thousands, Thanks to Lax Regulation in U.S. and Abroad

A report published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is raising troubling questions about way regulators in the U.S. and abroad responded to mounting evidence of the health risks posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. According to the investigative report, which … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Gas Powered Backpack Blowers Recalled For Fire Hazard

About 16,000 gas powered backpack blowers have been recalled for fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The recalled Gas Powered Backpack Blowers were manufactured in the United States by ECHO Inc., of Lake Zurich, Illinois … Continue reading

Posted in Product Recalls |

SOL Clock on Drug Lawsuit Doesn’t Start with FDA Warnings, NJ Court Rules

The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings about the dangers of prescription drugs do not always “start the clock” on the statute of limitations for product liability claims. According … Continue reading

Posted in Accutane, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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