Daily Archives: July 2, 2013

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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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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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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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With Evidence Growing Against Infuse, Why Is It Still on the Market?

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In 2002, Medtronic gained approval for a product called Infuse. The artificial bone graft uses a genetically engineered protein called rhBMP-2 to help regrow bone in the spine. Although the idea sounded promising, within only several years of being on … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Workers Paid by Card Face Array of Fees

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As a growing number of American businesses, particularly retailers and restaurants, switch to paying workers’ wages with prepaid cards, workers find they must pay fees to access their pay. For many lower-paid, mostly hourly workers, paper paychecks and even direct … Continue reading

Posted in Employment Lawsuits, Legal News |

Medtronic Shareholders File Lawsuit Amid InFuse® Scandal

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  Device maker, Medtronic, is the focus of another shareholder lawsuit over its InFuse® bone growth product. Shareholders filed the lawsuit against Medtronic and some of its shareholders accusing them of intentionally minimizing potential dangers associated with InFuse® so that … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse, Medtronic Infuse |

Study: Collapsible Hampers Caused Serious Eye Injuries in Two Children

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Research reveals that collapsible laundry hampers constructed with wire supports might be dangerous to children. The researchers saw two eye-related injuries to two children within one year; both involved collapsible hampers and both children required surgery, according to Reuters Health. … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Consumer Fraud |

Digital Health Records Create New Problems

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The growing business of electronic health records is not without very serious, life-altering risks. Take the case of an 84-year-old woman who was rushed to the hospital for an apparent stroke. Her physician reviewed her electronic health records following admission … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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