Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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

Posted in Food Poisoning, Health Concerns, Salmonella |

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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

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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