Monthly Archives: April 2014

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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Legal News, Transvaginal mesh |

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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