Monthly Archives: April 2016

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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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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 ...

National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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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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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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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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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Possible Listeria Threat Noted by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been made aware of a possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The agency is working with the Oregon Potato company involving bulk shipments of onions that may be contaminated with Listeria. The Pasco, … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Food Products |

Pilgrim’s Pride Recalls Fully Cooked Chicken Products

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling roughly 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products. The recalled products may contain extraneous materials such as plastic, wood, rubber and metal, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Safety Warning from IKEA after Third Child is Killed by Toppling Chest of Drawers

A 22-month old boy was found dead under a fallen IKEA chest of drawers at his home in Minnesota. This follows the death of a 2-year-old boy from Pennsylvania in February 2014. Three months later, a 23-month-old boy from Washington … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

Testing of Toxic Bethpage Plume Ordered by Governor Cuomo

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have been ordered by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow access to monitoring wells so the state and a local water district may test water supplies for potential contamination, the Long Island Press … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Lawsuits Increasing in the US and Canada with Risks of Xarelto Use

The blood thinner Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a relatively new anticoagulant that has gained popularity through its convenience of use for the patient. Warfarin, also known as Coumadin, the established anticoagulant for the last 60 years, requires dietary restrictions and a … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Recalled Drugs |

Medtronic Recall for Respiratory Monitoring Battery Pack

A worldwide voluntary recall for the battery pack used in Medtronic’s Covidien Oridion labeled Capnostream 20 and Capnostream 20p Patient Monitor is being conducted due to a manufacturing defect that may increase the thermal damage in the battery pack. Battery … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Recalled Medical Devices |

Federal Regulators Say Study Finds Diflucan Yeast Infection Drug Potentially Tied to Increased Risk of Miscarriage and Birth Defects

Diflucan is the brand name for the generic drug, fluconazole, which is prescribed to treat various fungal infections. Research results released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 26, 2016 indicate that a Danish study on Diflucan reveal … Continue reading

Posted in Diflucan, Pharmaceuticals |

Study Proposes IVC Filter Follow-Up to Prevent Patient Morbidity

A study published in the journal Thrombosis suggests that follow-up in patients with inferior vena cava filters can reduce patient morbidity. IVC filters are used to catch blood clots and stop them from becoming an embolism; an estimated 250,000 are … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Vehicles over Problem with Putting Vehicle into Park

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.1 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 800,000 midsize SUVs and full-size cars in the United States, because of confusion about when the vehicles’ automatic transmission is in the “park” position. The problem has resulted in 41 injuries. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

New Warnings and Revised Prescribing Information for 35 Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered label changes and revised prescription information for 35 drugs in a March 2016 Drug Safety Labeling Changes announcement. The changes include Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, and Adverse Reactions as part of the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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