Monthly Archives: June 2014

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Migraine Surgery May Not Be An Effective Migraine Reliever

Surgery to cure migraines has been popularly touted as a possible, so-called, “cure,” for the incapacitating headaches; however, researchers say that there is insufficient evidence to support the claims. A review of two studies conducted on migraine trigger “deactivation” surgery … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

One-Third of Total Knee Replacements in US are ‘Inappropriate’, Study Finds

There are more than 600,000 knee replacements performed each year in the United States, according to figures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Medical News Today reports that this surgery has become more common in the past 15 … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

GM Fund for Families of Victims of Defective Switch Will Not Be Capped

The families of people who died in crashes associated with a defective ignition switch in General Motors (GM) cars are entitled to at least $1 million each. The $1 million is in place as a starting point for every death … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

General Motors CEO Said More Recalls Possible

On Thursday, General Motors chief executive Mary Barra said her company may recall more cars as GM deals with a series of safety problems that have resulted in the recall of 20 million cars, including small cars with defective ignition … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Four Indicted In Massive Nursing Home Scam

In another case involving allegations against a nursing home, including of abuse, four individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of racketeering and healthcare fraud. The four were indicted on multiple felony charges involving the operation … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Medtronic Preemption Request Denied

A recent Supreme Court decision may put an end to Medtronic, Inc., and other device makers, from using the legal strategy of preemption in their litigation. Medtronic has long sought to have courts nationwide ensure that it is not sued … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Athletes Speak Up about Traumatic Brain Injuries

In recent years, there has been increasing awareness about the risk and consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), especially in young athletes. CBS News reports that now, two former professional athletes have brought even more awareness to the issue by … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk

Rsearch published this week in Environmental Health Perspectives supports the theory that agricultural pesticide exposure during pregnancy may increase the risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at the medical records of 970 … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Defects, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

FDA: Some OTC Topical Acne Treatments May Cause Serious Reactions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a Drug Safety Communication concerning over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne treatment products that may cause rare, but very serious, even deadly, hypersensitivity reactions The products are sold under a variety of brand … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Announces Recall of Generic Versions of Heart Drug Toprol XL

Just a few months after one generic version of a popular extended-release blood pressure medication was recalled, a lot of metoprolol succinate from another manufacturer was recalled for the same reason:  the drug did not dissolve properly. The recalled drugs, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

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