Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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

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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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