Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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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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