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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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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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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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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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