Monthly Archives: November 2013

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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 ...

Be Careful When Shopping for Toys This Holiday Season

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Consumer experts warn shoppers to be aware this holiday season of dangerous toys that are still on store shelves and which are putting children at risk of injury. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found that hazardous toys are … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Health Concerns |

FDA Deems Hospira Recall of its GemStar Infusion System a Class I

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a Class I recall of Hospira Inc.’s GemStar Infusion System, over a pressure sensor calibration drift. The FDA’s Class I recall designation means that the situation is one in which there … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products |

FDA Reviewing Efficacy of “Morning After Pill” in Women Weighing Over 165 Pounds

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United States health regulators just announced that they are reviewing the efficacy of Plan B emergency contraceptive pills as they may not offer the same benefits in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. In the U.S., the Plan B … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

LG TVs Spying on Consumers

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Recently, the maker of LG Electronics’ Smart TV admitted to collecting information on consumers’ viewing habits, apparently without consumer knowledge. LG’s new line of Smart TVs collect viewer data to customize the advertising seen on their screens, according to Law … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

Mental Health Risks Tied to Steroid Injections Meant to Stop Premature Birth

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A new study reveals that steroid injections used to prevent premature birth might increase future risks of behavioral and emotional problems in the developing children. Expectant mothers who might give birth prematurely are often treated with an infusion of glucocorticoids. … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Orders Genetic Testing Firm to Cease DNA Analysis Service Sales

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has demanded 23andMe, a DNA testing service, to immediately stop selling and marketing its services until the agency gives the firm clearance to do so. The FDA is seeking to stop the sales … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Issues Drug Safety Statement Over Meridian Medical Technologies Auto-Injectors

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that it has been made aware of a supply disruption of auto injectors for Atropen (atropine),
DuoDote (atropine/pralidoxime chloride),
morphine sulfate,
pralidoxime chloride, and 
diazepam. The auto injectors involved are manufactured by Meridian Medical … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Diabetes Drug-Pancreatitis Link Supported in Another Study

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Another study has made a connection between Type 2 diabetes drugs known as incretin mimetics and increased rates of developing pancreatitis, a known precursor to pancreatic cancer. Incretin mimetics, are GLP-1-based diabetes therapies and include Byetta and Bydureon (exenatide); Victoza … Continue reading

Posted in Byetta Cancer, Pharmaceuticals |

Amgen’s Aranesp Claims Get FDA Attention for Overstating Benefits, Minimizing Risks

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just wrote to drug maker, Amgen Inc., about misleading marketing claims concerning its anemia drug, Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa). The letter, not quite as serious as an agency warning letter, scolded the drug maker … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Cameras Catching Nursing Home Abuse Lead to Controversy

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Nursing home abuse is among the most devastating of horrors targeting our older, vulnerable loved ones. Recently, a case in which a small camera—meant to catch a petty thief—caught a loved one being abused and taunted, increasing awareness of both … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

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