Monthly Archives: August 2014

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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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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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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Putting Cell Phone in Your Bra could Lead to Breast Cancer, Dr. Oz Warns

Dr. Mehmet Oz is warning against placing your cell phone in your bra, a habit that many women do out of convenience. “When it comes to cell phones, the bra has become the new purse,” Dr. Oz said on an episode … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rejection of Pfizer RICO Case Appeal Could Unleash Cases

The US Supreme Court’s rejection of  an appeal from drug maker Pfizer, letting stand a First Circuit ruling that the drug company improperly marketed the epilepsy drug Neurontin to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, could unleash a flood of cases Pfizer … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Drug Maker, Teva, Recalls Parkinson’s Disease Medication as it may be “Super Potent”

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries just issued a recall of one lot of its generic Parkinson’s disease combination medication, carbidopa/levodopa, over it potentially containing too much of an active pharmaceutical ingredient. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries indicated that the recall, which has been deemed … Continue reading

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Researchers Study Whether Chemicals in the Environment Increase the Risk of Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Buffalo will be studying how chemicals in the environment affect the risk of diabetes and metabolic conditions.  According to an article posted on the university’s website, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has awarded … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Injunction Against BioAnue Laboratories

A federal court order demands that BioAnue Laboratories of Rochelle, Georgia stops illegally marketing its products as treatments for disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on its website. The court order, which was signed on July 23, … Continue reading

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Government Will Withhold Up to One Third of Payment Records in Launch of Physician Payment Database

For next month’s launch of the Open Payment database showing payments to physicians from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers, about one-third of the records will be withheld because of data inconsistencies. The release of payment information – intended to … Continue reading

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Court’s Discovery Order in C.R. Bard Litigation Expected to Streamline Litigation Process

The court overseeing the C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh litigation has put new discovery rules in place that are expected to streamline the discovery process in this litigation. The discovery procedures will specifically impact Collection and Preservation of Evidence in a … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

DEA Announces Stricter Classification for Hydrocodone Combination Painkillers

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced the reclassification of hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II under federal law. Schedule II drugs are substances known to be dangerous, prone to abuse, or could lead to severe psychological … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

CDC Whistleblower Exposes Data Manipulation in Vaccine and Autism Study

According to a study by Focus Autism Foundation, a whistleblower revealed the manipulation of scientific data in a 2004 study on autism and age of vaccination with  the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. A research scientist working for the Centers … Continue reading

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Cymbalta Plaintiffs Seek to Have 28 Suits Centralized in a Multidistrict Litigation

The plaintiffs in 28 lawsuits over the antidepressant drug Cymbalta have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize the actions in California (In Re: Cymbalta Products Liability Litigation). The plaintiffs allege that drug maker Eli Lilly … Continue reading

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