Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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