Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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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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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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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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Class I Pistachio Recall Implemented Over Potential Salmonella Contamination

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Torn and Glasser, Inc of Los Angeles, California, just recalled packaged pistachios over risks of potential contamination with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Salmonella pathogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. This recall followed an expanded recall of … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

U.K. Citizen Sentenced in U.S. for Distributing Fake Avastin

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A British citizen was just sentenced by United States authorities to prison time and a substantial fine over distributing bogus prescription drugs. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Missouri said that Richard J. Taylor of Warwickshire, England … Continue reading

Posted in Avastin, Pharmaceuticals |

Depakote Carries Significant Fetal Risks

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Depakote, Depakene, Depacon and other products containing valproate are used to treat seizures, migraines and occasionally bipolar disorder. If taken by a pregnant woman, however, these drugs can lead to a number of birth defects. Throughout the years the U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Scent Device May Help in Early Detection of Bladder Cancer

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Based on earlier research findings that suggest dogs can successfully sniff out bladder cancer, researchers have built a device that can analyze gases and create a readout of the chemicals found in the urine within 30 minutes. The researchers hope … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

FDA: Medtronic Infusion Pumps Recalled Over Safety Issues

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a recall of Medtronic’s MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Infusion Sets due to the potential of over or under delivery of insulin. The agency deemed the recall a Class 1, which means that … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Study: Some Acid Reflux Drugs Associated with Increased Cardiac Risks

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Some popular acid reflux drugs such as Prilosec (omeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium), and Prevacid (lansoprazole), may increase risks for heart disease and heart attack, according to an emerging report by the American Heart Association. The report notes that while the … Continue reading

Posted in Nexium, Pharmaceuticals |

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