Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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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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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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