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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Team Warns About Food Additive Consumption

Cleveland Clinic Warns About Food Additive Consumption

Many Americans spend up to 90 percent of their food budget on processed foods, which are more convenient and can be less expensive than fresh foods, but health and nutrition experts say such foods may be less healthy than fresh … Continue reading

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Amgen Agrees to $71 Million Settlement in Allegations of Unlawful Promotion of Aranesp

Amgen Inc. has agreed to a $71 million settlement with 48 state attorneys general who accused the drug maker of unlawfully marketing its anemia drug Aranesp and plaque psoriasis drug Enbrel, for uses beyond the scope of their Food and … Continue reading

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Medical Scope Makers Warned in the Wake of Superbug Outbreaks

Three manufacturers of duodenoscopes—specialized medical scopes—have received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters because the scopes have been linked to outbreaks of a deadly “superbug.” The FDA says the companies failed to adequately report problems with the devices and, in … Continue reading

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FDA Drug Approvals on the Rise

FDA Drug Approvals on the Rise

Data shows that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is approving most drugs that come their way. BioMedTracker, a division of publishing giant Informa that helps investors track events in the pharmaceutical industry, was commissioned by Forbes to conduct … Continue reading

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Two Massachusetts Nursing Home Employees Accused of Posting Humiliating Videos of Resident Abuse on Snapchat

Nursing Home Employees Accused of Posting Videos

Two nursing home employees in Lowell, Massachusetts, are accused of abusing residents of the facility and posting humiliating videos of the abuse on Snapchat. Lowell Police were called to Wingate at Belvidere Nursing Home on Wentworth Avenue around 2 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Organic Food Recalls on the Rise, Report Says

Organic Food Recalls on the Rise, Report Says

Stericycle, a company that handles recalls for businesses, reports a sharp increase in the number of recalls of organic food products. Organic food products accounted for 7 percent of all food units recalled so far this year, compared with 2 … Continue reading

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Some Drug Testing May be Unreliable, Investigation Suggests

Some Drug Testing May be Unreliable

Certain drug testing protocols may be changing soon in Tampa. FOX 13 reports that Hillborough Circuit Judge Gregory Holder and his fellow judges want the FDLE to test suspected drugs immediately in felony cases. The change would mean that they … Continue reading

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Gastrointestinal Scope Makers Receive FDA Warning Letters

Gastrointestinal Scope Makers Receive FDA Warning Letters

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to the three makers of a specialized gastrointestinal scope that has been linked to outbreaks of superbug infections at U.S. hospitals. In the spring, the FDA conducted inspections of the manufacturing … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Teens are More Likely to Try Smoking if they Try E-Cigarettes

Teens are Likely to Try Smoking if they Try E-Cigarettes

A new study led by researchers from the University of Southern California found that teenagers who try e-cigarettes are more likely to try traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. The authors say that the findings support the need to regulate … Continue reading

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Olympus Receives FDA Warning Letter for Failing to Notify Agency about Superbug Infections in Required Time

Olympus Receives FDA Warning to Notify about Superbug

Gastrointestinal scope maker Olympus Corp. waited three years to alert federal regulators about 16 patient superbug infections the company learned about in 2012. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cited that lapse in reporting and other safety-related violations in warning … Continue reading

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