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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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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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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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