Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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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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Stuffed Beef Products Recalled for Listeria

Concerns about the dangerous Listeria pathogen have prompted a recall of stuffed beef products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. The problem was discovered during routine FSIS testing. Mosul Kubba, of Chicago, … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

Study Finds Links Finasteride to Penis Shrinkage in Rats

A new study reveals that finasteride is linked to penis shrinkage in rats. Finasteride is sold under the brand name Propecia (when prescribed in 1 mg doses for mail pattern baldness) and Proscar (when prescribed in 5 mg doses for … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Pradaxa Patient Died from Severe Brain Bleed Following Minor Trauma

The recent death of a man due to a brain hemorrhage caused by a minor trauma has underscored the dangers of the blood thinner drug Pradaxa. According to a report at on a case study conducted by researchers at … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa |

FDA Expected to Respond to BPA Petition Today

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to respond to a BPA petition today. The petition, issued by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) seeks a ban of bisphenol A (BPA) a ubiquitous and controversial chemical that has … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

FDA Advisors Back Heart Studies for Obesity Drugs

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisors are backing heart studies for obesity drugs. The potential mandate may make it harder to receive regulatory approval for emerging obesity drugs, said Reuters. The agency is not required to adhere to … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

FDA Asking Outside Experts for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Advice

Concerned with the growing number of reports and studies linking metal-on-metal hip implants with serious health problems, including cobalt poisoning and metallosis, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that it would convene an advisory panel meeting in … Continue reading

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

Campbell’s Soup to Drop BPA from Packaging

Campbell ‘s Soup is dropping bisphenol A—BPA—from its packaging amid a growing debate regarding the safety of the ubiquitous, estrogenic plastics chemical. Although the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has long maintained—since the 1960s, according to—that BPA is … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Salsa Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Salsa is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Club Chef LLC is recalling its 12- and 16-ounce and its 5-pound salsa products in response to the potential contamination. The recalled salsa … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Treating Older Dementia Patients with Antipsychotic Drugs Ups Heart Attack Risk

Use of antipsychotic drugs like Abilify, Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Seroquel among elderly patients with treatable forms of dementia increases their risk of suffering a heart attack.

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Celexa Heart Rhythm Warnings Revised

Celexa heart rhythm warnings are being revised, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency said it is clarifying dosing and warning recommendations for the antidepressant. Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) is also available in generic form and all … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, SSRI Antidepressants |

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