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Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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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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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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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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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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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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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FDA Warns of Diabetes Drugs that Can Cause Disabling Joint Pain

FDA Warns of Diabetes Drug that Causes Disabling Joint Pain

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned diabetes patients that an entire class of diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain. The drugs include Januvia (sitagliptin), Onglyza (saxagliptin), Tradjenta (linagliptin) and Nesina (alogliptin). They are all … Continue reading

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FDA is Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Stop Foodborne Illnesses

FDA is Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Stop Illnesses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing whole genome sequencing to quickly detect and stop the spread of foodborne illnesses, Business Insider reports. The process offers huge advantages over the previous method, where samples from sick patients were … Continue reading

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FDA Takes Action Against Three Tobacco Companies over “Additive-Free” and “Natural” Marketing Claims

FDA Takes Action Against Three Tobacco Companies

Three tobacco companies—ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc., and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd.—have received warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over “additive-free” and/or “natural” claims on their cigarette labels. ITG Brands LLC makes … Continue reading

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Stryker Recalls Orthopedic Devices that May Have Been Damaged in Shipping

Stryker Recalls Orthopedic Devices

Medical device maker Stryker Corporation is recalling nearly 17,000 orthopedic implant devices because of potential of damage during shipping. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice lists five devices included in the recall: the rHead lateral stem and Recon radial … Continue reading

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FDA Strengthens Heart Attack and Stoke Warnings for Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

FDA Strengthens Heart Attack & Stoke Warnings for NSAIDs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened existing warnings on prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Drug Facts labels to indicate that the drugs can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, which can lead … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Danger of Giving Codeine Cough-and-Cold Medicines to Children

FDA Warns of Giving Codeine Medicines to Children

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the potential risks of using medicines with codeine to treat coughs and colds in children and has issued a Drug Safety Communication about such medicines. There is a potential for serious side … Continue reading

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CarMax Accused of Selling Cars with Lethal Safety Defects; Senator Seeks Tighter Regulation

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has proposed new legislation to regulate the sale of used cars with unrepaired recalls with what he says can be lethal safety defects. Blumenthal, the senior senator from Connecticut, is concerned about cars sold by CarMax. … Continue reading

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U.S. Representative Says CDC Withheld Data Linking MMR Vaccine and Autism

CDC Withheld Data Linking MMR Vaccine & Autism

Florida U.S. Rep. Bill Posey recently presented evidence to Congress that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) destroyed data linking the MMR vaccine, (measles, mumps and Rubella) and autism. Posey based his charges on the allegations from Dr. … Continue reading

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Congresswoman Calls for FDA Regulation after Veteran is Injured by Exploding E-Cigarette

Congresswoman Calls for E-Cigarette FDA Regulation

The use of electronic cigarettes has been on the rise in their short time on the market. While they are touted as being a safer alernative to traditional cigarettes and as a cessation tool, there are still public health and … Continue reading

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New Zealand Investigation Reveals Significant Defects in Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Significant Defects in Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

An investigation by the New Zealand Herald newspaper reveals significant defects in about half of the metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants received by thousands of New Zealanders about a decade ago. There is no official record of the injuries suffered by … Continue reading

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