Monthly Archives: July 2012

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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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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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices | Tagged |

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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices | Tagged |

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

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria | Tagged |

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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh | Tagged |

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

Posted in Accretive Health Medical Debt Collection, Consumer Fraud | Tagged |

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

Posted in Fosamax, Pharmaceuticals |

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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