Monthly Archives: April 2013

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

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

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Cause Still Unknown Two Weeks Later

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A recent fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas killed 14 people, destroyed a nursing home and two schools, and left a 93-foot wide by 10-food deep crater. Some 200 people were injured and nearby residents were forced … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Widow’s Lawsuit Alleges da Vinci Robotic Surgery Quickened Husband’s Death

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A lawsuit alleges that a patient’s death was quickened due to a robotic-assisted prostate operation. The surgical robot—the da Vinci—is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. According to physician testimony, the complications and stress from the long surgery, brought about the … Continue reading

Posted in da Vinci Surgical Robot, Defective Medical Devices |

Norovirus Likely Cause of Growing Hilton Westchester Outbreak

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The number of those sickened with a gastrointestinal illness at New York’s Hilton Westchester last week has risen into the hundreds. The Westchester County Department of Health said that early indications point to norovirus, according to LoHud.com. The cause of … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Norovirus |

Florida Legislation to Limit Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes Draws Criticism

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Families of Florida nursing home patients and advocates for the elderly are fighting legislation that would make it harder to sue nursing homes for abuse and neglect. The bill cleared its last stop on Monday, the Miami Herald reported, approved … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Actos Bladder Cancer Risks Center of Studies, Thousands of Injury Lawsuits

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According to The American Cancer Society, some 72,570 new cases of bladder cancer will be seen in the United States this year and 15,210 people will die from bladder cancer this year. Most of these patients will be Caucasian, male, … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Pharmaceuticals |

Drug Maker, Novartis, Accused Again of Kickback Schemes

We have long noted that the financial relationships between the drug and the health care industries have led to enormous controversy. Critics maintain that such relationships create conflicts of interest and could unduly influence everything from research findings to prescribing … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals, Tekturna |

Charter Bus Accident Injures Queens Students in Ohio

A charter bus that crashed in Columbus, Ohio this weekend was filled with a school group traveling from St. Louis to Queens, New York. The bus was carrying 16 students and three adult supervisors from the William Cullen Bryant High … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Legal News |

FDA: Seizure Drug, Potiga, Associated with Vision Loss, Blue Skin

Anti-seizure medication, Potiga, co-marketed by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, may lead to optical and skin problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said. Potiga, which was developed by Valeant, may cause skin to turn blue around the … Continue reading

Posted in Depakote, Pharmaceuticals |

Study: Just One Daily Soda Increases Risks for Diabetes

A new study has found that just one regular soda consumed daily presents significant risks for developing diabetes. The study was conducted by researchers at Imperial College London and involved a review of data from 350,000 adults in 18 European … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Takeda Pharmaceutical Loses First Actos Trial

A California jury has found that Takeda Pharmaceutical should pay $6.5 million to a California man for failing to warn doctors and consumers that Actos (pioglitazone), a diabetes drug, could cause bladder cancer. This case is the first of more … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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