Monthly Archives: August 2015

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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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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

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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