Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Filed after Strangulation Death

Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Filed after Strangulation Death

There are questions of abuse and neglect surrounding the death of a nursing home resident in North Carolina. According to Star News Online, Mary Bowling was an 89-year-old widow at Carolina Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her death certificate and … Continue reading

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European Medicines Agency Seeks Market Suspension of Medtronic InductOs

Euro Medicines Agency Seeks Suspension of Medtronic InductOs

The European Union’s medical device regulator has recommended suspension of the marketing authorization for Medtronic’s InductOs bone growth device until issues at a U.S. plant that makes a component of the device are resolved. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched … Continue reading

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Texas Compounding Pharmacy Recalls Possibly Contaminated Sterile Drug Products

Texas Compounding Pharmacy Recalls Contaminated Products

A Dallas, Texas compounding pharmacy that has previously been cited for safety issues by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), once again faces problems with the federal drug regulator. Downing Labs in Farmers Branch was cited for failing to investigate … Continue reading

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Device Used During Surgery Linked to 8 Infections, 4 Deaths at PA Hospital

Device Used During Surgery Linked to 8 Infections, 4 Deaths

A device used to heat and cool a patient’s blood during heart surgery has been linked to infections in 8 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital. The New York Times reports that four of those patients have died, but it is … Continue reading

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Invokana Increases Risk of Bone Fractures, FDA Warns

Invokana Increases Risk of Bone Fractures

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement in September warning patients and health care providers of an increased risk of bone fractures in patients taking the type 2 diabetes drugs Invokana and Invokamet (canagliflozin). The FDA deemed … Continue reading

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FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring the manufacturer of the potassium-lowering drug Kayexalate to conduct studies to investigate Kayexalate’s potential to affect how other medications work. The approved labeling for Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) describes its potential to … Continue reading

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Popular Acid Reflux Medications Associated with Serious Side Effects

Popular Acid Reflux Medications

Protein pump inhibitors, a class of widely used acid reflux medications that includes Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), and Prilosec (omeprazole). can have serious side effects. Dr. Shoshana J. Herzig of Harvard Medical School told the New York Times that they … Continue reading

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Due to Fire Risk, Toyota Recalls 6.5M Cars

Due to Fire Risk, Toyota Recalls 6.5M Cars

Due to a defect in the driver’s side window that presents a fire hazard, Toyota is recalling 6.5 million vehicles. The recall affects roughly 2 million cars in the US. The problem is that the power-window master switch may have … Continue reading

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Does the Flu Vaccine Carry Risks?

Does the Flu Vaccine Carry Risks?

As flu season is upon us, some may wonder whether there are any risks associated with getting the flu vaccine. This is addressed in a recent New York Times Ask Well blog, which responds to a reader question that asks … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Contraindications for Myrbetriq

FDA Updates Contraindications for Myrbetriq

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the label on Myrebetriq to include a new contraindication and additional information in the Warnings and Precautions section. The revised label now states that the drug, which is used to treat … Continue reading

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