Monthly Archives: November 2015

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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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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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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 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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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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