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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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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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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, 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 several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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