Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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