Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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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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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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