Monthly Archives: May 2014

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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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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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Consumer Advocates Seek Mandatory Safety Standards for Portable Bed Rails

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) has again called for mandatory standards for adult portable bed rails in long-term care settings. Last week the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 113,000 sets … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Possible Listeria Contamination Prompts Minced Crab Meat Recall

Rome Packing Co., Inc has issued a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand minced crab meat due to a possible Listeria contamination. The East Providence, RI-based company issued a news release on Wednesday stating that Listeria monocytogenes bacteria may be … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

MHRA Medical Device Alert: Medtronic Insulin Infusion Pump

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) just issued a Medical Device Alert on Medtronic Inc.’s Paradigm ambulatory insulin infusion pumps. The MHRA is a government agency in the United Kingdom that is responsible to ensure drugs and medical … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Medtronic Agrees to $9.9 Million Settlement in Physician Kickback Case

The Justice Department announced yesterday that Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $9.9 million to resolve allegations that the company made illegal payments to physicians to induce them to implant Medtronic pacemakers and defibrillators. Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Medtronic Defibrillators, Press Releases, Whistleblower |

St. Louis Jury Awards $175,000 to Former Police Crime Lab Scientist to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

A St. Louis jury just awarded a former police chemist $175,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought in 2011. The former police chemist alleged that she was terminated after she complained about drug testing errors at the city’s crime lab, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Whistleblower |

Pradaxa Maker Reaches $650 Million Settlement in State and Federal Litigation

Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that it had reached a $650 million settlement of state and federal cases involving the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran). Though the company says it “stands resolutely behind” Pradaxa and believes the claims in the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa |

Jury Orders Millburn, New Jersey, to Pay $455,000 to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Millburn, New Jersey, was just ordered by an Essex County jury to pay $455,000 to settle whistleblower retaliation claims that were brought by a former, now-retired, police sergeant. The former sergeant’s allegations include that township officials retaliated against him for … Continue reading

Posted in Employment Lawsuits, Legal News, Whistleblower |

Nursing Home Abuse Suspected in Michigan

Nursing home residents at Providence Christian Healthcare & Rehab in Zeeland, Michigan say that some staff members have been verbally and physically abusive. According to Wood TV8, state investigators said that nurse aides at the facility caused either “actual harm” … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Senator Raises Questions about Tire Safety, Recall System to DOT

A recent ABC News investigation showed that the federal government does not provide any way to search for tire’s safety history through its Tire Identification Number (TIN). Now, ABC reports that United States Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has followed up … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Cell Phone Use Linked to Brain Tumors, Study Suggests

A new study suggests growing evidence to support a suspected link between cell phone use and brain tumors. According to a study published this month, French researchers found that people who spend a lot of time on their cell phones … Continue reading

Posted in Cell Phones & Cancer, Cellular Phone, Health Concerns |

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