Monthly Archives: June 2015

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Advocacy Groups Sue for Release of Clinical Trial Data for Hepatitis C Drugs

Advocacy Groups Sue for Release of Clinical Trial Data

Two public health advocacy organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for release of clinical trial data for Gilead Sciences hepatitis C treatments. Researchers and patient advocates have long fought with drug makers and regulators … Continue reading

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Study Shows Energy Drinks Can Lead to Caffeine Intoxication

The fact that energy drinks contain excessive amounts of caffeine comes as no surprise. But what are the chances that these popular beverages present real health risks? A study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence investigated this; the … Continue reading

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ADHD Treatment May Cause Permanent Skin Discoloration, FDA Warns

ADHD Treatment May Cause Permanent Skin Discoloration

The Daytrana patch, a daily treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may cause permanent skin color changes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. The FDA added a new warning to the drug label to describe this skin condition, … Continue reading

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UK Regulators Issue Updated Guidance for Smith & Nephew Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

UK Regulators Issue Updated for Smith & Nephew Hip Implants

The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has issued updated guidance for Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) system due to a higher than expected failure rate. According to a medical device alert posted on the … Continue reading

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Thousands of Complaints Prompt FDA Panel Meeting about Essure Birth Control

Complaints Prompt FDA Panel Meeting about Essure

In response to more than 5,000 reports of adverse events and side effects of the Essure birth control implant, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a hearing for September 24 to evaluate the safety and effectiveness device. The … Continue reading

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FDA Says Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Source of Trans Fat, Must be Removed from Food

FDA Says Hydrogenated Oils Must be Removed from Food

In a press release issued last Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), the main source of trans fat in processed foods, must be removed from food products over the next three years. … Continue reading

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Medtronic Recalls Tracheostomy Tubes Because of Injury Reports

Medtronic Recalls Tracheostomy Tubes Because of Reports

Medtronic PLC has announced the voluntary recall of 70,000 tracheostomy tubes for children and babies following reports that some patients have had difficulty breathing while using them. Hundreds of adverse events involving the Covidien Shiley tube have been reported to … Continue reading

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Covidien Agrees to Settlement in 11,000 Transvaginal Mesh Cases

Covidien to Settlement in 11,000 Transvaginal Mesh Cases

Device maker Covidien has agreed to a settlement of more than 11,000 claims involving its transvaginal mesh devices, alleged to have caused severe and painful side effects. A court filing on Tuesday in West Virginia federal court did not disclose … Continue reading

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Research Indicates Viagra Use Could Increase Melanoma Risk by 20 Percent

Viagra Use Could Increase Melanoma Risk by 20 Percent

A new research study shows that men who use Viagra and similar drugs to treat erectile dysfunction could be at greater risk of developing skin cancer. The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked … Continue reading

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Study Indicates Popular Sleep Medications Increase Risk of Respiratory Cancers

Sleep Medications Increase Risk of Respiratory Cancers

A new research study reveals that some of the most widely used sleep medications could triple the user’s risk of lung cancer. The widely used medications—benzodiazepines and “Z-hypnotic” drugs—are carcinogenic, the (U.K.) Daily Mail reports. Taking these drugs on a … Continue reading

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