Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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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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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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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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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