Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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

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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

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