Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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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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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Vega Helmet Corp. Recalls More than 30,000 Motorcycle Helmets

Vega Helmet Corporation has announced that it is recalling more than 30,546 motorcycle helmets that may not meet federal safety standards for impact protection. The recalled helmets, Vega model XTS in sizes L, XL, and XXL, were manufactured between May … Continue reading

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Study: Elevated Cobalt and Chromium Levels Seen Following Metal Disc Arthroplasty

A recent study revealed that patients tested with higher serum cobalt and chromium levels following surgery for all metal total lumbar disc arthroplasty. The levels, said Helio, were similar to those seen in the same time frame in patients with … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News, Metal Hip Implants |

Oregon bus crash kills 9 on icy I-84

A coach bus carrying Canadian tourists at the end of a nine-day tour crashed over a guard rail on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Ore., killing nine on board and injuring dozens more. According to an AP report with help from … Continue reading

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Increased Complaints of Serious Injuries in Children Leads to Buckyball Makers Liquidation

Parker Waichman LLP® reports that Buckyball maker, Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, LLC, is being liquidated following mounting complaints of serious injuries in children. Now, Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, LLC is in liquidation, has ceased to exist under Delaware law, and … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Defective Products |

HGH use on the rise, most sales generated through improper diagnosis

Sales of human growth hormone (HGH) and anabolic steroids have reached all-time highs and some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are finding where there’s muck, there’s brass, profiting mostly off questionable sales of the drugs. According to a recent … Continue reading

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Georgia Nursing Home Accident Leaves One Woman Dead

Another nursing home death has been reported; this time in a Decatur, Georgia facility. A 94-year-old wheelchair-bound woman was sitting outside of the Country Cottage Assisted Living facility during a routine fire drill when her chair brakes failed and her … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Patients Advised to Consider Imaging and Symptoms Before Metal-on-Metal Hip Arthroplasty Revision Surgery

British researchers recommend that both imaging results and patient symptoms be reviewed when considering revision surgery to remove faulty metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty systems. While surgeons can use MRI and ultrasound equipment to detect metallosis in potential revision patients, the researchers … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Metal Hip Implants |

Class I recall issued on PEEK Ardis Inserter device used in spinal surgery; sales of accompanying system halted

Federal health regulators have issued their most serious warning about a medical device used during spinal surgery, the PEEK Ardis Inserter. According to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency has deemed a callback on the Zimmer … Continue reading

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Victory Pharma, Inc., Agrees to Pay $11.4 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations

Victory Pharma, Inc., has agreed to pay $11,420,743 to resolve federal civil and criminal liability arising from its marketing of Naprelan, Xodol, Fexmid, and Dolgic, the Justice Department just announced, citing a whistleblower case. The settlement resolves allegations that Victory, … Continue reading

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Toyota To Settle Unintended Acceleration Lawsuits

Toyota Motors just agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit concerning problems with unintended acceleration. The proposed settlement—one of the largest of its kind at $1 billion—was filed in a Federal District Court in California. The agreement is pending approval by … Continue reading

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