Monthly Archives: February 2012

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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 Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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

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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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