Monthly Archives: August 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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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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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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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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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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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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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Pesticides Levels Threaten California Neighborhoods


Very toxic pesticides have been detected in three high-risk communities in California by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The DPR detected high levels of the very toxic chlorpyrifos in about 30 percent of the air tests conducted at … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Paraquat, Toxic Substances |

First Federal Trial for DePuy Hip Implant Set for September


The first federal trial over DePuy Orthopaedics’ metal-on-metal hip replacement device is scheduled to begin on September 9 in Cleveland. The DePuy ASR XL device is the subject of some 10,000 lawsuits nationwide. The case, brought by a Rochester, New … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy |

Source of Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Has Been the Subject of Multiple Outbreaks


Taylor Farms, the vegetable producer under investigation for a salad mix tied to hundreds of illnesses in a 22-state food poisoning outbreak has also implemented a number of recalls over potentially tainted products. Just this year, Taylor Farms has implemented … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

New Tylenol Cap Meant to Minimize Fatal Tylenol Overdoses


U.S. Tylenol bottles will soon bear a unique warning intended to alert people of the possibly deadly risks of taking too much of the drug’s main ingredient, acetaminophen. The red warnings will soon be found on the cap of every … Continue reading

Posted in Acetaminophen / Tylenol, Pharmaceuticals |

Kids Swallowing Multiple Magnets, Related Injury Reports, on the Rise


Magnets and children have long been a dangerous combination with a growing number of kids ending up in emergency rooms (ER) after swallowing two or more of the dangerous products. New data reveals a sharp rise in ER visits associated … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Health Concerns |

da Vinci Uses Expanding Despite Mounting Controversy


In the midst of growing controversy over its robotic surgical system, Intuitive Surgical continues to add functionality to its da Vinci robot. Ho-Sheng Lin, M.D., a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery … Continue reading

Posted in da Vinci Surgical Robot, Defective Medical Devices |

Another Lawsuit Filed Over Allegations that Actos is Tied to Bladder Cancer


Another lawsuit has been filed against the makers of the Type 2 diabetes drug, Actos, over allegations that the medication caused the Oregon man to develop bladder cancer. The lawsuit also alleges that the drug makers were aware of the … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Medtronic’s InFuse Sales Soft for Second Quarter Over Safety Issues


Revenues for the bone graft product, InFuse, were down for the second quarter, due to ongoing safety issues. Medtronic’s InFuse, has long been steeped in controversy, including a Senate probe, a warning issued by a federal regulator, accusations that Medtronic … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtronic Infuse |

New York Attorney General Files Fraud Charges Against Trump University


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has recently filed a civil lawsuit accusing Donald Trump and his profit-making investment “university” of engaging in “persistent fraudulent, illegal and deceptive conduct.” The civil lawsuit seeks restitution for people across the country who … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News |

Reports of Nursing Home Abuse, Neglect Continue to Rise


Workers responsible for the care of the elderly say that their industry faces staffing challenges amid nursing home abuse and neglect claims. A new report, released by ABC’s Lateline, revealed a pattern of failure in a number of facilities, following … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse |

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