Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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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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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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FDA Warns About Increased Death Risk With Tygacil By Pfizer

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Tygacil (tigecycline), an antibacterial manufactured by the drug maker Pfizer, increases the risk of death, whether used for approved uses or for purposes that are off-label, according to a warning just issued by the U.S. food and Drug Administration (FDA). … Continue reading

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Medtronic Issued Warning Letter Over Its Diabetes Facility

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Device maker, Medtronic Inc., was just issued a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning its Northridge, California diabetes facility. The letter was received on September 19 and discussed procedures involving “corrective and preventative action, complaint … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse |

Hawaii Liver Failure Cluster may be Tied to Weight Loss/Body Building Supplement

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The state of Hawaii is looking into a number of liver failure cases that have occurred in young, healthy adults who all took dietary or nutritional supplements. The state is issuing a public medical alert, according to KHON.com. “A cluster … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, DMAA Supplements, Pharmaceuticals |

Sulfonylurea Use Increases Mortality Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

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New study results show that first-line therapy with sulfonylureas significantly increases the risk for death in patients with Type 2 diabetes compared to treatment with metformin. The combination of metformin and a sulfonylurea was also associated with a significantly increased … Continue reading

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Cardiac Stent Overuse Tied to Increased Deaths

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The issue of cardiac stenting has highlighted potential overuse of the devices that may lead to cardiac complications. Cardiac stenting involves propping open a narrowed coronary artery with a small, metal mesh tube. During emergency surgery, for instance, when a … Continue reading

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Baby Sunscreen Recalled Over Contamination Concerns

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W.S. Badger Co. Inc. just issued a recall of all lots of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion, over concerns the products have been contaminated with microbials, according … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Actos Maker, Takeda, Hid Drug’s Risks from Patients, Doctors

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Another Actos lawsuit alleges that Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., the maker of the Type 2 diabetes drug, put profits before patient safety and “duped” patients. The lawsuit states that Takeda should be held liable in the cancer death of a former … Continue reading

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Study Finds Pradaxa Risky for Patients Implanted with Artificial Heart Valves

Pradaxa has been tied to more serious adverse reactions, according to a new study on Behringer Ingelheim’s blood thinner. The research revealed that when Pradaxa (dabigatran) is taken by patients with mechanical heart valves, there is an increase in risks … Continue reading

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Stryker, Medtronic Lose Preemption Bid in Lawsuit Involving Alleged Off-Label Bone Product Use

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A preemption bid made by device makers Medtronic and Stryker to dismiss a lawsuit filed over their bone protein products has been rejected. A California state court ruled that federal law does not preempt the case from proceeding, according to … Continue reading

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

Heart Medicine Digoxin Leads to Higher Death Rates in Patients

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An article published online recently in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found a 72 percent increase in death in heart failure patients treated with Lanoxin (digoxin) compared to those who had never taken the drug. Digoxin is used … Continue reading

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