Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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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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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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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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FDA Warning: Automatic Clutch Mechanism in Cranial Perforators May Fail to Disengage

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication, warning that the automatic clutch mechanism in some cranial perforators—devices to drill into the skull—may fail to disengage and automatically stop drilling after the skull is penetrated, injuring the … Continue reading

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FDA Panel Urges Label Changes, Better Guidance for Birth Control Device

FDA Panel Urges Essure device Label Changes

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has recommended that the label for the Essure birth control device clearly state that Essure is a surgical device and the implant should come with more comprehensive instructions for insertion and follow-up … Continue reading

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Recall for Zak Water Bottles Due to Choking Hazard

Recall for Zak Water Bottles Due to Choking Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of Zak Designs 26-ounce plastic water bottles that could present a choking hazard. The 10-inch tall water bottles have a flip-top spout on a twist-off cap with colored inner plastic … Continue reading

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Koch Oven Cravers Fresh and Frozen Chicken Products Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Koch Oven Cravers Fresh & Frozen Chicken Products Recalled

Supermarket chain Giant Food of Maryland issued a recall of Koch Oven Cravers frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken products manufactured by Chicago-based Aspen Foods. Consumers are being informed that Giant is pulling these products off store shelves because the … Continue reading

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Bed Handles Recall Reannounced Due to Low Response Rate

Bed Handles Inc. is reannouncing its recall of adult portable bed handles due to a low response rate. According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission notification, less than one percent responded to the recall, which was issued last May. Portable … Continue reading

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FDA Warns about Bone Fracture Risks with Invokana

FDA Warns about Bone Fracture Risks with Invokana

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the warning label of the type 2 diabetes drug canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) to warn about the increased risk of bone fractures and reduced bone mineral density for those taking canagliflozin. This warning … Continue reading

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FDA to Review Safety of Essure

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel of health experts will review Bayer’s permanent contraceptive device Essure to help deteremine whether it is safe. The review is being conducted due to growing complaints over potential side effects, NBC News … Continue reading

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Avycaz Carries Risk of Dosing Errors, FDA Warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the antibacterial combination drug Avycaz (ceftazidime-avibactam) manufactured by Forest Labs carries a risk of dosing errors. The potential for confusion stems from the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonates Associated with Increased Risk of Atypical Hip Fractures, Researcher Says

The use of bisphosphonates, drugs prescribed to prevent hip fractures in women with osteoporosis, is associated with an increased risk of atypical fractures in this joint. The research is contained in a PhD thesis by Javier Gorricho-Mendívil, at the NUP/UPNA-Public … Continue reading

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Peanut Company Owner Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison in Food Poisoning Case

Stewart Parnell, CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison for knowingly shipping salmonella-tainted food from his company’s facilities. A federal judge imposed Parnell a 28-year prison sentence, in effect a life … Continue reading

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