Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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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

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

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

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Defective Products |

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

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Radiation Exposure Environmental Contamination, Toxic Substances |

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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