Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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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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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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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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Class I Recall Launched for Arrow International Venous Catheterization Set

A Class I recall was launched for Arrow International’s Venous Catheterization Set, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. An FDA Class I designation is the agency’s most serious type of recall and involves situations in which there … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

New Nursing Home Comparison Tool Launched by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

In the midst of growing reports of nursing home abuse, a new nursing home comparison tool has been launched by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The “mobile-ready applications” and improved IT tools are expected to make it … Continue reading

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Another Lap-Band Center Warned for Misleading Ads

Purportedly misleading ads have caused the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to issue  another warning to a Lap-Band surgery center. The controversial device is a silicone ring implanted around the stomach to curb an obese person’s appetite. Manufactured by … Continue reading

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Synthes Sued for Wrongful Death in Illegal Bone Cement Clinical Trials

The family of a woman who died on the operating table during an unapproved trial of the Norian bone cement product has filed suit against Johnson & Johnson’s Synthes unit, claiming the company and its Norian unit “concealed the illegality, … Continue reading

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Athena Cantaloupes Recalled for Possible Listeria

Athena cantaloupes have been recalled for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Burch Equipment LLC, of Faison, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling 580 cases of whole Athena cantaloupes; the FDA and the North … Continue reading

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Wyoming Woman Claims Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Device Caused Severe Pain

A Wyoming woman claims her Johnson & Johnson transvaginal mesh surgical device was defective and has been suffering from persistent severe pain and forced to deal with rising medical costs as a result. The woman is the latest of thousands … Continue reading

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Accretive Health Settles Minnesota Debt Collection Lawsuit, Agrees to Pay Restitution, Cease Business in State

Accretive Health, the medical debt collector that recently drew fire for the heavy-handed methods it uses to collect hospital bills, has reached a settlement with the Minnesota attorney general.  According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Accretive Health has agreed to … Continue reading

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South Carolina Women Files Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuit

Another woman just filed a lawsuit against the maker of Fosamax (alendronate) over a femur fracture she suffered while on the osteoporosis medication. The South Carolina woman is being represented by the national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP. This new … Continue reading

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Study Sees Link Between In-Utero EMF Exposure, Childhood Obesity

A new study sees a link between in-utero EMF exposure and childhood obesity. EMFs are electromagnetic frequencies and this is not the first time similar links have been seen. According to Microwave News, De-Kun Li a leading U.S. environmental epidemiologist … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Fracking Industry Paying Scientists for “Unbiased” Research

Faced with growing public skepticism on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling, the natural gas and oil industries have taken to influencing purportedly unbiased research with handsome cash gifts to complying authors. A WIRED.com report this week shows how … Continue reading

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