Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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Consumer Group to FDA: Re-Inspect Compounding Pharmacies with Prior Violations

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is being urged to re-inspect a number of compounding pharmacies that had been previously cited with violations. Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group is asking the agency to re-inspect 16 compounding pharmacies in … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

CPSC, CBP Collaborate at U.S. Ports to Protect Families This Holiday Season

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner, David Aguilar, jointly announced that more than 2 million units of dangerous or violative toys and children’s products were seized in 2012. … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products |

UK health officials issue advisory on transvaginal mesh injury treatments

Health officials in the U.K. are advising surgeons and the public on ways to potentially avoid complications caused by transvaginal mesh surgery devices used to treat women suffering from two serious and common conditions. According to an update at Public … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh | Tagged |

Woman Sues Bayer Over Mirena® IUD, Alleges Device Caused Organ Perforation

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was implanted with a Mirena® IUD. The lawsuit alleges that the Mirena® IUD caused substantial injuries in the Florida woman, that the Mirena® IUD … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Mirena IUD |

“Melrose Place” Manslaughter Trial Juror: “Sad end to a tragic story”

Actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer, best known for her “Melrose Place” role, has been accused of being intoxicated at the time of two crashes, one deadly, and was facing up to 30 years in prison. Locane-Bovenizer was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Professor replies to New York’s impending approval of fracking drilling expansion

New York mustn’t contribute to the problems caused and posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling by opening the state to drillers next year. That is the feeling of one Cornell University ecology and biology professor who wrote an editorial in … Continue reading

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Study: Flame Retardant Chemicals Found in House Dust, Sofas

A new study has found that people may be breathing dangerous toxins from common household items, such as their electronics and upholstered furniture, to name just two. Researchers from Silent Spring Institute, an environmental research group, discovered possibly dangerous levels … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Tobacco Companies Must Advertise Smoking Risks

A federal judge just issued an order mandating that major US tobacco companies remove ads discussing the health risks of smoking. The decision followed a federal lawsuit filed in 1999 that alleged that the tobacco companies violated racketeering statutes that … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Financial ties between researchers, drug companies taint clinical data

Much of the so-called clinical data gathered to approve new prescription drugs or used to back marketing claims a company wishes to make about its products is likely soiled by financial ties between the person who wrote the research and … Continue reading

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FDA forces closure of Sunland Inc. after Salmonella outbreak, repeated violations

The Food and Drug Administration has shut the doors on a New Mexico purveyor of peanut butter products that were contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, leading to a nationwide outbreak of the illness. The agency believes conditions inside Sunland Inc. were … Continue reading

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