Monthly Archives: January 2014

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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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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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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First Actos Bladder Cancer Bellwether Trial to Begin Next Week


The first of 2,700 lawsuits alleging Actos (pioglitazone) caused bladder cancer is set to go to trial on Monday. The bellwether trial  is taking place in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana before the Honorable Rebecca … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

NFL and Helmet Maker Riddell Sued Over Detroit Lions Player’s Career-Ending Concussions


Jahvid Best, a former running back for the Detroit Lions, is suing the National Football League and helmet maker Riddell over concussion problems that shortened his professional career. In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Wayne County (Michigan) Circuit Court, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Three Rapid Response Grants Awarded by NSF to Study West Virginia Chemical Spill


To learn more about the little-known chemical that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 West Virginia residents earlier this month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grants to three university research teams. On January 9, … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Following Chemical Spill, West Virginians Warned About Formaldehyde in the Water


The chemical spill in Elk River has affected hundreds of thousands of West Virginians these past three weeks. When the initial spill was first discovered, residents across nine counties were told not to consume the water. Although, officials have said … Continue reading

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Study: Foodborne Toxin May Be Involved in MS


Research has revealed that common foodborne bacteria may be involved with multiple sclerosis, which is a degenerative central nervous system disease. At a recent American Society of Microbiology’s 2014 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, researchers from the Weill … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Health Concerns |

Thousands of Children Injured in Shopping Carts Every Year


Emerging research reveals that dozens of young children are injured daily in shopping cart accidents. These injuries are serious enough that hospital emergency room treatment is needed. Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that some 66 children are hurt … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

ADHD Increases Driver’s Risk for Accidents


Drivers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly 50 percent more likely to be in a serious car crash, new Swedish research findings suggest. Henrik Larsson and his colleagues at the Karolinska Institute examined records for more than 17,000 people in … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns |

Japan Sues Novartis, Probes Alleged False Claims in Alzheimer’s Study


Nearly one-dozen major pharmaceutical firms were involved in a key Alzheimer’s drug research product that allegedly used false data, according to the Japanese government. The Alzheimer’s drug research project, J-ADNI, is at the center of an investigation implemented by the … Continue reading

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Heart Attack Risk Doubles in Men Taking Testosterone Therapy, Study Finds


A new study shows that men taking testosterone therapy are more prone to heart attacks. For men over 65, the risk of heart attacks is doubled and in younger men with heart disease it is tripled. The study, which was … Continue reading

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Recall, Blood Clot Study, Prompt Thoratec Class Action Lawsuit


After designation of a Class I recall over the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device, a Thoratec shareholder just brought a lawsuit and is seeking class action status. The HeartMate II is a heart device in the medical device category … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

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