Monthly Archives: December 2015

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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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Citgo Penalty in 2006 Louisiana Oil Spill Raised to $81 Million

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After the appeals court ordered him to reconsider the evidence and the penalty in a case against Citgo over a 2006 oil spill, a federal judge has imposed an $81 million penalty on Citgo Petroleum Corp. for gross negligence the … Continue reading

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Recall for Potentially Inaccurate bioMérieux Antibiotic Effectiveness Tests

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The French biotechnology company bioMérieux has recalled the Etest PIP/TAZO/CON-4 PTC 256 because test results from the affected product may indicate that antibiotic therapy using Piperacillin/Tazobactam (PIP/TAZO) could stop or slow the growth of certain bacteria when it may not … Continue reading

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J&J, Purdue to Pay Kentucky $39.5M in OxyContin, Risperdal Lawsuits

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Lawsuits brought by the Kentucky state attorney general over the painkiller OxyContin and the antipsychotic Risperdal have reached a combined settlement of $39.5 million, Law360 reports. After nine years of litigation, Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to pay $24 million … Continue reading

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Feminist Educator-Activist Decries Abuse Epidemic in Orthodox Jewish Community

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Speaking at a conference in England, an American feminist educator and activist says the Jewish community is experiencing a “rampant epidemic” of rabbis who sexually abuse children. Elana Sztokman, former executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said, “We … Continue reading

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Investigation Shows Olympus Failed to Alert Authorities to Deadly Bacteria Found on Medical Scopes

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In spring 2012 at a Dutch hospital, a technician for Olympus, maker of medical scopes, found a brown, grimy film inside parts of the flexible scope that were supposed to be sealed, and a rubber ring designed to keep bacteria … Continue reading

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Study Sheds Light on Blood Lead Levels in Flint, Michigan

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Blood lead levels have increased among children in Flint, Michigan after the city implemented a more corrosive water source, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health reveals. In April 2014, Flint’s drinking water source was changed from … Continue reading

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Recalled Hockey Goalie Masks Have Caused Serious Eye Injuries

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U.S. and Canadian health and safety agencies have issued a joint recall of Bauer hockey goalie masks with cages that have broken and caused serious eye injuries. In March 2015, Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), … Continue reading

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$35 Million Verdict Against Tobacco Companies in Smoker’s Death

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On December 22, 2015, a Florida jury returned a verdict of $25 million in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc., adding to $10 million in compensatory damages, in a lawsuit brought by the husband … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Invokana Responsible for Diabetic Ketoacidosis Injury

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A lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen, alleges that the Janssen diabetes medication, Invokana, causes patients to develop diabetic ketoacidosis. The lawsuit was filed in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, and includes allegations that … Continue reading

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Study: Increased Kidney Disease Associated with Long-Term Statin Use

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A large, lengthy study has found that long-term statin use is tied to an increased risk of kidney disease. The retrospective study was eight years in length with a median 6.4-year follow-up and involved an analysis of a large number … Continue reading

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