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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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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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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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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

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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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