Monthly Archives: October 2013

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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 TheAge.com, 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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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 ...

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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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 Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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FDA Issues Letter to Sunovian Over Exaggerated Efficacy Claims, Minimized Risk Information

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just wrote to Sunovian Pharmaceuticals Inc. over the way in which the drug maker promoted Brovana, its respiratory medication. In its October 24th letter, the agency stated that it found Sunovian’s marketing of Brovana … Continue reading

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Federal Trade Commission Sues Supplement Marketer

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just brought a lawsuit in Arizona federal court against a marketer of dietary supplements over alleged false weight loss claims. Product marketing touts that HCG Platinum products will enable consumers to loss a lot of … Continue reading

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Imported Spices Have Twice the Salmonella Risk of Other Imported Foods

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that, over a three-year period, almost 7 percent of imported spices were found to be contaminated with salmonella. On Wednesday the agency released a report on spice testing between 2007 and 2010.  … Continue reading

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Following “Pay to Play” Scandal, Federal Regulator Recommends Stricter Pain Med Controls

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In a policy reversal, federal regulators are recommending more stringent control over hydrocodone-based painkillers, such as Vicodin and Lortab. The painkiller medications are considered the most popular prescription drugs in the United States and are at the center of a … Continue reading

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Do Unpublished Clinical Trials Pose Ethical Problem?

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A new analysis of 585 large clinical trials registered with the government website ClinicalTrials.gov finds that more than a quarter have never been published in scientific journals, while slightly more than three-quarters did not post results online. Dr. Christopher W. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Football Helmet Brand, Year of Manufacture, Does Not Matter in Concussion Risk

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Headgear on the football playing field does not necessarily increase player protection from concussion, according to emerging research, according to a new report presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. Manufacturers have touted … Continue reading

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Increased Controversy Leads to Stent Language Changes

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Coronary stent guidelines are changing—by just one word—following issues over insurance and regulator disputes The American College of Cardiology is removing the word “inappropriate” from its guidelines for coronary stent implantation, according to Bloomberg.com. The change will become effective next … Continue reading

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Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Poses Serious Threat to U.S. and Canada

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Nuclear radiation from Fukushima, the tsunami-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, is radiating to the west coast of the United States. The Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was built by General Electric, was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan … Continue reading

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Delays Between Post-Marketing Studies and FDA Approvals

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A new study reveals that drugs cleared under an accelerated U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) program do not always fully study sufficient patient demographics. In fact, of 20 new drugs that received clearance for marketing by the FDA in … Continue reading

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Some Chemo Drugs Associated with Serious, Deadly Skin Reactions

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Some cancer medications have been associated with significant, sometimes fatal, skin reactions, new research has found. Researchers analyzed information from published literature and national databases to understand the frequency of what they described as uncommon adverse effects, in patients being … Continue reading

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