Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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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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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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$11.1 Million Damage Award in Pelvic Mesh Case Upheld by New Jersey Appeals Panel

A New Jersey state appeals court has upheld an $11.1 million damages verdict against Ethicon Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, in the first bellwether trial over allegedly harmful pelvic mesh implants. On March 29, the three-judge panel said … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Transvaginal mesh |

Oklahoma Sees Surge in Man-Made Earthquakes

According to an assessment released by the United States Geological Survey, oil and gas drilling operations have made parts of Oklahoma just as earthquake-prone as the highest risk areas in California. The rising number of earthquakes in Oklahoma coincides with … Continue reading

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Best Bentonite Clay Contains High Levels of Lead, FDA Warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned about the risk of lead poisoning with another Bentonite Clay product. In an alert posted last Wednesday, the agency said elevated lead levels were found in “Best Bentonite Clay” made by … Continue reading

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FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Gloves Used in Health Care

On March 21, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a ban on most powdered gloves used in health care in the United States. The use of these gloves is decreasing, but they pose a substantial risk of … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Doctors Paid by Drug Companies are More Likely to Prescribe More Brand Names

According to a ProPublica analysis, physicians who are paid by pharmaceutical companies prescribe drugs differently from colleagues who do not. Additionally, on average the likelihood of prescribing brand name medications increased with the more money received. Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, an … Continue reading

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High Levels of Lead in Newark Public Schools

Recently, Newark Public Schools admitted that its water has contained high levels of lead for years. An editorial piece published in the New York Times comments that this news “is shocking but, sadly, not surprising given the neglect of public … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Settling Claims that Power Morcellator Spreads Women’s Cancers

Johnson & Johnson is settling a series of legal claims and lawsuits alleging that a discontinued surgical device harmed women by spreading an undetected hidden cancer, according to court documents and lawyers with knowledge of the settlements. An estimated 100 cases have … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court Permits Widow to Seek Punitive Damages in Smoking Death Lawsuit

On March 17, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer could seek punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. on strict liability and negligence claims. The Florida high court overturned a … Continue reading

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Increased Lung Cancer Risk with Certain Carbs According to Study

Alarming results from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studies revealed that certain carb-rich foods may increase lung cancer risk by 49 percent, according to the HUFFPOST 50. These carbs include bagels, white bread, baguettes and white rice. … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Class 1 Recall of Balloon Catheter Kits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a class 1 recall of the International Intra-Aorta Balloon Catheter Kits and Percutaneous Insertion Kits (IAB). The Teleflex company kits have been recalled because the sheath body may become separated from … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

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