Monthly Archives: April 2014

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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HeartWare’s Ventricular Assist System Recall gets Highest-Risk Class I Label

HeartWare International’s recall of their Ventricular Assist System, also known as the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) has been classified as Class I by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Class I designation is the agency’s most serious … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Suspends Sale of Device Used in Fibroid Surgery Over Cancer Risk

Johnson & Johnson has suspended sales worldwide of the power morcellator, a device used in uterine fibroid surgery, amid concerns over its potential to spread undetected cancer beyond the uterus. The company is suspending the sale of these devices until … Continue reading

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Doctor Says Studies of ‘Low T’ Testosterone Treatment are Urgently Needed

Many men are being treated with testosterone when there is not enough information about its risks, says a doctor in a letter to The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal. Dr. Stephanie Page, an endocrinologist at the University of Washington and … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Safety Alert Regarding Safety of Extra Strength Acetaminophen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement regarding the safety of extra strength acetaminophen in combination prescription medications. According to the agency’s safety alert, dated January 14th, health care professionals should stop prescribing and dispensing prescription drug … Continue reading

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FDA Proposes Reclassification of Transvaginal Mesh Devices to High-Risk Category

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two proposed orders for the reclassification of transvaginal mesh devices used for repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If these orders are finalized, surgical mesh devices implanted to treat POP would … Continue reading

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Mylan wants Rights to Market Generic Celebrex, Sues FDA

Mylan Inc. is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over a ruling about rights to exclusively market a generic version of Celebrex (celecoxib). Pittsburgh Business Times reports that, according to Myland, the FDA would only permit exclusive 180-day … Continue reading

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FDA to Convene Panel on Smoking Cessation Drug, Chantix, Over Psychiatric, Behavioral Side Effect Risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it plans to review Chantix, the smoking cessation drug, to determine if its quit smoking benefits exceed its psychiatric and behavioral risks, Approved in 2006, Chantix received the U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Firms Touting Bogus Autism Cures

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) national health fraud coordinator, Gary Coody, R.Ph. says that the agency has warned various firms that they face potential legal action should they continue to issue false or misleading claims concerning products and … Continue reading

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Judge May Punish Lawyers for Misconduct in Actos Trial

Las Vegas district judge Kerry Earley is considering a request to punish lawyers for misconduct during a civil trial over the cancer risks associated with Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ diabetes drug Actos. On Thursday, Judge Earley heard arguments from an attorney representing … Continue reading

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Another Motion to Remand Granted in Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit

Another motion to remand has been granted in a Medtronic InFuse case, bringing the lawsuit back to the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. InFuse is a type of artificial bone graft that uses a genetically engineered, synthetic, … Continue reading

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