Monthly Archives: July 2015

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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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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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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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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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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FDA Failed to Warn Public of Serious Side Effect Linked to Antibiotic Levaquin

FDA Failed to Warn Public of Levaquin Side Effect

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) failed to disclose a serious side effect associated with the family of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones identified in a 2013 agency report. In an investigation, Cleveland television station ABC5 obtained a 2013 FDA report … Continue reading

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European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs in Light of Contamination Issues

European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be reviewing Medtronic’s InductOs following reports of contamination problems at a site that manufacturers one of the product’s components. InductOs is an implantable bone development product used in patients undergoing spinal fusion in the … Continue reading

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UPPAbaby Strollers and RumbleSeats Recalled for Choking Hazard

UPPAbaby Strollers and RumbleSeats Recalled

On July 23, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 79,000 UPPAbaby strollers in the U.S. and Canada because the foam covering of the bumper bar could pose a choking hazard. The recall includes the UPPAbaby … Continue reading

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Children’s Breathing Difficulties Prompt Recall of Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy Tubes

Children's Breathing Difficulties Prompt Recall

Infants and children switched from older to newer models of Medtronic Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy tubes developed breathing difficulties and this prompted Medtronic Inc. to recall 8,192 of the tubes in May. In its recall announcement, the Food and … Continue reading

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Berkeley’s Cell Phone Radiation Warning is First in US

Berkeley’s Cell Phone Radiation Warning is First in US

Berkeley’s cell phone ordinance, which requires retailers to warn consumers about the potential risk of radiation with cell phones, is the first measure of its kind to be passed. In May, the City Council unanimously passed the ordinance, titled Right … Continue reading

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Stronger Warning Label Placed on Non-Aspirin NSAIDs

Stronger Warning Label Placed on Non-Aspirin NSAIDs

The warning labels on non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are being strengthened to reflect the the risk of heart attack and stroke, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The agency already warned of this risk in 2005, but … Continue reading

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FDA Investigating Potential Health Risks of Brain Deposits of Gadolinium-Based MRI Contrast Agents

Health Risks of Brain Deposits of Gadolinium-Based MRI

Recent studies have shown that gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) deposit in the brain of some patients who have repeated scans. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating possible health risks of such deposits. … Continue reading

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Study: Antibiotics Associated with Increased Risk of Juvenile Arthritis

Antibiotics Associated with Increased Risk of Juvenile Arthritis

The use of antibiotics was linked to an increased risk of cancer in a study conducted by researchers from Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania and Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Findings showed that children who were exposed to antibiotics … Continue reading

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Class 2 Recall Issued for Nearly 2,000 Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps

Class 2 Recall for 2,000 Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps

Medtronic has recalled nearly 2,000 units of its MiniMed 640G insulin pumps, according to a notification posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website. The device was distributed in the following 10 European countries: Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, … Continue reading

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Chrysler Agrees to Record Fines and Penalties and Must Buy Back Defective Vehicles

Chrysler Agrees to Record Fines & Penalties

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could pay up to $105 million in fines and penalties and must buy back defective vehicles in an agreement with the federal government that will also require an independent monitor to oversee future vehicle recalls. The automaker … Continue reading

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