Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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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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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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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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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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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Higher Risk of Gynecomastia in Risperdal Users, New Research Suggests

New research presented at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2014 Annual Meeting suggests that there is a higher risk of gynecomastia with Risperdal (risperidone) users than non-users. Researchers found that older men taking the antipsychotic drug were 69 percent … Continue reading

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Surgeon General Issues Warnings About Skin Cancer, Tanning Beds

Experts agree that tanning—whether from natural sunlight or from tanning salons—is creating a major health issue in the United States and is increasing risks for certain cancers, some deadly. The U.S. Surgeon General, Borish Lushniak, just warned that, when outside, … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

Safety Concerns Prompt FDA to Evaluate OTC Antiseptics

Just months after raising concerns to manufacturers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be holding a meeting to discuss whether or not non-prescription antiseptic products are safe and effective, RAPS reports. Over-the-counter antiseptics are used to reduce the … Continue reading

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FDA Warns that OTC Acne Products May Cause Dangerous Side Effects

In a recent consumer warning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said over-the-counter acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. These products come in a variety of … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

FDA: Unique Pharmaceuticals’ Sterile Drugs Recalled Over Insanitary Conditions

Unique Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. just announced a nationwide recall of all of its sterile compounded preparations within those preparations’ expiry period over a potential lack of sterility assurance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just revealed. The sterile drug preparations … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Researchers: Liver Failure, Transplant Tied to Weight-Loss Supplement

A woman who had been taking a weight loss supplement suffered liver failure and needed a liver transplant, according to a recent report of her case. The woman, 35, had taken three Saba Appetite Control and Energy (ACE) pills in … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

“National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” Founded by Senate

The United States Senate declared July 30, 2013 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” in an effort to support and commend the actions of individuals refused to accept fraud, misconduct and other wrongdoing. According to National Whistleblowers Center, a non-profit organization, … Continue reading

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GM’s Best Selling Pickup Trucks Recalled Six Times this Year

General Motors (GM) has recalled its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra six times this year so far, making them the most frequently recalled vehicles. And unfortunately for GM, that is not the end of the pickups’ recall history, they … Continue reading

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FDA Rejects Public Citizen’s Call for Ban on Transvaginal Mesh Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided not to institute a total ban on transvaginal mesh devices, despite a call to do so from the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. In a 2011 petition, Public Citizen asked the FDA … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

Study Identifies Greater Cancer Risks for Surgical Device

A newly published study shows that the power morcellator, a surgical device commonly used in hysterectomies, has greater potential to spread cancers in a woman’s body than previously thought. The power morcellator, used in hysterectomies and fibroid removal, slices uterine … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

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