Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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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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Toy Guns Recalled for Lead Paint Standard Violations

Toy guns are being recalled for lead paint standard violations, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 6,970 Captain Cutlass Toy Pirate Pistols are involved in the recall because the surface paints on the pirate toy pistols … Continue reading

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Petition Launched to Remove Tainted Pet Treats from Stores

Angry consumers have launched a petition to remove tainted pet treats from store shelves following ongoing pet illnesses and deaths. Manufacturers have not issued any recalls for potentially tainted products and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) officials say that … Continue reading

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Fresh Express Expands Recall for Listeria-Tainted Romaine Lettuce

Fresh Express Incorporated just expanded its recall of Listeria-tainted Romaine lettuce, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The expanded recall now involves expired 18-ounce Hearts of Hearts of Romaine Salad with an expired Use-by Date of September 26, … Continue reading

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Despite Risk, Drug Makers Must Rely on Chinese Ingredients

Despite risks, drug makers must rely on Chinese ingredients to make their medications. APIs, or active pharmaceutical ingredients, are produced in greater quantities in China, leaving Western producers with little or not options. In fact, some 70-80 percent of the … Continue reading

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E. coli Scare Tied to Canadian Beef Spreads to U.S.

U.S. consumers are again being warned that beef imported from Canada could be contaminated with E. coli.   According to its latest update, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Canada’s XL Foods its expanding its … Continue reading

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Elderly Dementia Linked to Anxiety, Insomnia Drugs

Elderly patients taking benzodiazepines or other similar anxiety or insomnia drugs are more likely to develop symptoms of dementia than those who avoid the drugs entirely. According to a WebMD.com report on a new study appearing in the journal, British … Continue reading

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Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction, Low Sex Drive, Other Propecia Side Effects May be Long-Lasting

It’s becoming increasingly clear that men who use Propecia run the risk of developing severe sexual side effects, including impotence, erectile dysfunction, lower sex drive, infertility, testicular pain and genital shrinkage.  Unfortunately for many men, recent research indicates that Propecia … Continue reading

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PCB-Leaking Lights Discovered at Long Island City School

PCB-leaking lights were discovered at a Long Island City school, just as the new school year gets underway and following a similar incident last week. Parents are demanding answers and action. The parent’s concern is not unfounded. PCBs—or polychlorinated biphenyls—include … Continue reading

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Fall Hazard Prompts Big Lots to Recall Garden Swings

Fall hazards have prompted Big Lots to recall garden swings, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. Wilson & Fisher Garden Swings is recalling about 6,900 garden swings, which were manufactured in China by Anji Jiayi Garden Supplies … Continue reading

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Forever Cheese Expands Listeria Cheese Recall

Forever Cheese just expanded its Listeria cheese recall, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The expanded recall, which was announced on September 14, 2012, includes all lots and all production codes of all Marte brand Ricotta Salata … Continue reading

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