Monthly Archives: February 2015

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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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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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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

DeflateGate’s-Effects-Impact-Legal-Gambling-and-the-Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to … Continue reading

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HeartWare Recalls Older Ventricular Assist System Controllers

HeartWare Recalls Ventricular Assist System Controllers

HeartWare International is issuing a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Recall in the United States related to older HeartWare Ventricular Assist System controllers distributed in the U.S. during the clinical trial period prior to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in … Continue reading

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AliveCor Recalls Heart Monitor App Because of Crashes

AliveCor Recalls Heart Monitor App Because of Crashes

AliveCor has recalled its AliveECG app version 2.1.2 for the Apple iOs operating system because the app crashes on use. The recall affects 5,600 active users on Apple’s iOS operating system, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall notice. … Continue reading

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Malware Comes Preinstalled with Some Lenovo Laptops

Malware Comes Preinstalled with Some Lenovo Laptops

Lenovo users may be getting more than they bargained for with their new laptops. Mashable reports that some Lenovo products come preinstalled with adware called Superfish, which breaks secure website connections and makes sensitive user information vulnerable to security threats. … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Hit with $2.5 Million Verdict in Risperdal Case

Johnson & Johnson Hit with $2.5 Million Verdict in Risperdal Case

A Philadelphia jury hit a Johnson & Johnson unit with $2.5 million in damages in a case accusing the drug maker of failing the parents and doctors of an autistic boy about risks associated with the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. During … Continue reading

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GE MRI Systems Recalled Due to Disabled Magnet Rundown Units

GE MRI System Recalled Due to Disabled Magnet Rundown Units

Earlier this month, GE Healthcare recalled 12,968 MRI systems due to a disabled Magnet Rundown Unit (MRU) in India. When this unit is disabled, it can slow the removal of a magnetic object from the scanner. This can lead to … Continue reading

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FDA Knew Medical Devices Can Transmit Superbugs but Did Not Act

FDA Knew Medical Devices Transmit Superbugs but Did Not Act

Experts in hospital-acquired infections say that health regulators have known since at least 2009 that certain reusable medical devices can transmit lethal infections but have not recommended any new safety requirements. The latest outbreak involving duodenoscopes may have exposed 179 … Continue reading

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More than 12,000 GE MRI Systems Recalled Due to Potentially Life-Threatening Issue

More than 12,000 GE MRI Systems Recalled

A Class I recall has been issued for more than 12,000 MRI systems manufactured by General Electric, Modern Healthcare reports. The recall was issued because of a potentially life-threatening problem that can occur when parts are not connected properly. Many … Continue reading

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Warning to UCLA Hospital Patients Exposed to Drug-Resistant Superbug

Warning to UCLA Hospital Patients Exposed to Superbug

One hundred seventy-nine patients at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center have been told they may have been exposed to a drug-resistant “superbug” during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths. Patients who may have … Continue reading

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Artificial Coloring in Soda Increases Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Artificial Coloring in Soda Increases Cancer Risk

A new study has found that drinking at least one can of soda per day may significantly increase the risk of cancer. Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that some caramel colorings in soda … Continue reading

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