Monthly Archives: August 2015

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

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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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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