Monthly Archives: November 2015

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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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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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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Update on FDA Evaluation of the Safety of Essure Birth Control System

FDA Evaluation of the Safety of Essure Birth Control System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Office of Women’s Health has issued an update on the agency’s evaluation of the safety of the Essure birth control system. Essure—a form of permanent birth control (female sterilization)—is under FDA review in response … Continue reading

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Costco Chicken Salad Tainted with E. coli, 19 People Sick

Costco Chicken Salad Tainted with E. coli, 19 People Sick

Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad has been linked to at least 19 cases of E. coli infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced. The outbreak has affected the following seven states: Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia … Continue reading

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FDA Orders Custom Ultrasonics to Recall AERs Used to Clean Duodenoscopes

FDA order Recall on AERs Used to Clean Duodenoscopes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Custom Ultrasonics to recall all of its automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs), devices used to sterilized special medical scopes such as duodenoscopes. According to a Nov. 13 announcement, the recall is being … Continue reading

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Olympus Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit over Contaminated Duodenoscope

Olympus Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit over Duodenoscope

A wrongful death lawsuit against Olympus America, Olympus Medical Systems Corp. and Custom Ultrasonics has been filed over the use of an allegedly contaminated medical scope. The suit was filed on behalf of a woman whose husband died of an … Continue reading

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Researchers Call for Drug Companies to Make Public all Clinical Trial Results

Researchers Call for Drug Companies to Publicize Trial Results

In a newly published report, a group of researchers says one third of the clinical drug trial results federal regulators review in approving new drugs are not published and the researchers are pushing for all trial results to be made … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Possible Patient Injury if Coating Separates from Intravascular Medical Device

Coating on Medical Devices Can Cause Patient Injuries

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication warning of the possibility of patient injury if the hydrophilic and/or hydrophobic coatings on medical devices separate—peel, flake, shed, delaminate, slough off—during use. A number of factors can cause … Continue reading

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Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Chicken Due to Potential Contamination

Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Chicken Due to Contamination

After receiving customer complaints of an “off odor” scent, Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 52,486 pounds of fully cooked chicken wing product. According to a release posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) … Continue reading

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CPSC Says Home Depot Sold Recalled Products Even Years After Recall

CPSC Says Home Depot Sold Recalled Products After Recall

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Home Depot, and salvagers and recyclers who got items from the retailer, continued to sell 28 products that were recalled between 2012 and 2015. The products pose hazards including fire, burns, shock … Continue reading

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Judge Pauses Philadelphia Risperdal Trial in Data Analysis Dispute

Judge Pauses Philadelphia Risperdal Trial in Data Dispute

Judge Kenneth Powell of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has paused a trial over an adolescent boy’s breast growth allegedly caused by the antipsychotic drug Risperdal (risperidone) so that the drug maker can turn over more evidence for the … Continue reading

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Charges Brought Against Makers of OxyElite Pro

Charges Brought Against Makers of OxyElite Pro

USPlabs LLC has been indicted on charges that it intentionally misbranded its dietary supplement products and lied to customers, the Justice Department announced. Star Advertiser reports that the company is accused of engaging in behavior intended to place its products … Continue reading

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