Monthly Archives: April 2015

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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$2.4 Billion Settlement Announced in Actos Bladder Cancer Cases

$2.4B Settlement Announced in Actos Bladder Cancer Cases

On Tuesday, Takeda Pharmaceuticals announced a settlement that could go as high as $2.7 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits from patients and their families who claim the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) caused their bladder cancer. The New York Times … Continue reading

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Study Finds Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Harmful Changes to Gut Bacteria

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Harmful Changes to Gut Bacteria

Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, are a popular option for those looking to add sweetness without the calories. They are used to flavor a wide variety of common products, from Diet Coke to toothpaste, but there are … Continue reading

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Consent Decree Requires Medtronic to Halt Sales of Implantable Drug Pumps

Decree Requires Medtronic to Halt Sales of Implantable Pumps

Despite years of warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medtronic Corp. failed to correct problems with its SynchroMed infusion drug pumps, and now the Justice Department has taken legal action to halt the sale of the pumps. At … Continue reading

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Former FDA Commissioner Says Agency Needs to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Former FDA Commissioner Says E-Cigarette Regulation Needed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing mounting pressure to regulate e-cigarettes after the federal government recently announced that use of the devices has tripled among young people within one year. Even though the agency has had the … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Loses Bid to Remove Punitive Damages Claim in Pelvic Mesh Case

Boston Scientific Loses Bid to Remove Punitive Damages Claim

Boston Scientific failed in its bid to remove punitive damages claims in a pelvic mesh lawsuit this month, Mass Device reports. This case is one out of 15,000 product liability lawsuits filed over the devices, which are used to treat … Continue reading

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Hair Analysis has been Flawed over Decades, FBI Says

Hair Analysis has been Flawed over Decades, FBI Says

The use of microscopic hair analysis as evidence against defendants was flawed for over two decades before 2000, the Justice Department and FBI admit. According to the Washington Post, the agencies admit that almost every examiner an elite FBI forensic … Continue reading

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Trampoline Parks: Jumpers Risk Injury

Trampoline Parks: Jumpers Risk Injury

Trampoline parks are increasingly popular places for family recreation and children’s parties, but state and federal inspections and regulations for the facilities are lacking, putting jumpers at risk for injury. Television station 13News Now (in Chesapeake, Virginia) investigated injuries at … Continue reading

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Jeni’s Ice Cream Recalled Due to Positive Listeria Test

Jeni’s Ice Cream Recalled Due to Positive Listeria Test

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio is recalling all of its frozen treats after a sample tested positive for listeria bacteria, Associated Press reports. The recall is similar to one recently issued by Blue Bell of Texas, whose ice cream … Continue reading

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Research Organization Claims Most Food Additives Have Not Been Properly Studied for Safety

Most Food Additives Have Not Been Properly Studied for Safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandate to protect public health includes assuring the safety of the food supply. But according to the agency’s own database, 93 percent of food additives do not have reproductive or developmental toxicity data. Many … Continue reading

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Medtronic Claims InFuse Injury Suits Preempted by Federal Law

Medtronic Claims InFuse Injury Suits Preempted by Federal Law

In an effort to avert lawsuits filed over injuries attributed to its InFuse bone growth device, device maker, Medtronic Inc., has tried to convince courts that the federal preemption clause of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act preempts the … Continue reading

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