Monthly Archives: June 2012

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Hepatitis C Outbreak Tied to New Hampshire Hospital Grows

The hepatitis C outbreak that has been tied to New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital is growing, according to news reports. Another patient just tested positive for the dangerous virus, bringing a total of 21 confirmed infected with hepatitis C, said the … Continue reading

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Higher Parkinson’s Risk Linked to Certain Solvents

Increased risks for Parkinson’s disease have been linked to some solvents. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative central nervous system disorder that typically affects motor skills and speech, among other functions and, while not fatal, complications can be deadly. The … Continue reading

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Study Could End DMAA “Natural” Claims

A new comprehensive study appears to derail any hopes the makers of dietary and workout supplements containing the additive DMAA had to keep their products on the market. According to a report at, the findings have been published in … Continue reading

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Atkins Diet Poses Heart Risks For Women

Experts warn that the popular Atkins Diet poses significantly higher cardiovascular risks for women. Dr. Robert Atkins opened his first weight loss clinic on Manhattan’s Upper East Side over 30 years ago and, until his death in 2003, his high … Continue reading

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Children’s Sleepwear Recalled After Boy Suffers Severe Burns

Children’s sleepwear has been recalled following reports that a boy suffered severe burns associated with the product According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 210,000 sets of children’s pull-on pants and boxers were recalled after a nine-year-old … Continue reading

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St. Jude Says Analysis Shows Durata Lead Failure Not Related to Riata Flaws

St. Jude Medical has acknowledged that one of its Durata defibrillator lead wires suffered from “externalized abrasion,” but denies that the model suffers from the same type of critical flaw that forced it to pull its Riata lead wires from … Continue reading

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FDA Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Panel Recommends Patient Monitor, Warnings for Psuedotumors and Other Side Effects

A panel of medical experts said yesterday that patients with metal-on-metal hip implants need to be monitored due to the risk that the devices break down and shed dangerous amounts of metallic debris in patient’s blood streams. According to a … Continue reading

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Banner Mountain Sprouts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Banner Mountain Sprouts are being recalled for potential Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.   Sprouts are a known source of food borne illness and, because sprouts are often eaten raw with no additional treatment, … Continue reading

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CPSC Votes to Enact New Standards for Portable Cribs, Play Pens

Consumer product regulator, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just voted to enact new standards for portable cribs and play pens. The tough new safety rules are meant to protect babies and toddlers, said USA Today, noting that more … Continue reading

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ATVs Kill 700 Every Year, CPSC Warns

The dangers of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) have not gone away even though their popularity has reached new heights. As many as 11 million Americans drive ATVs recreationally. A lot of riders are children, many under the age at which they’re … Continue reading

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