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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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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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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.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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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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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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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Study Finds Increased Cancer from Cell Phones

In a multi-million-dollar two-year study, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) has found increased rates of rare cancers of the heart and brain in animals exposed to cell phone radiation. The former Director of the National Toxicology Program, Christopher Portier … Continue reading

Posted in Cell Phones & Cancer, Cellular Phone |

Bodies Given to NYU Disposed of in Mass Graves Despite Donors’ Wishes

According to The New York Times, New York is unique among American cities in how it disposes of the dead considered to be unclaimed: interment on a lonely island, off-limits to the public, by a crew of prison inmates who … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Quality Issues Raised by FDA Concerning Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals

Pharmakon Pharmaceutical’s facility was recently inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the company’s voluntary recall of super-potent morphine sulfate 0.5 mg/ml preservative free in 0,9 percent sodium chloride, 1 ml syringe, CII, for intravenous use. FDA … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Monsanto Ordered to Pay $46.5 Million in Damages in PCBs Lawsuit

A St. Louis jury returned a $46.5 million verdict for three plaintiffs who claimed they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma because of Monsanto’s negligent in the production of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) The award consisted of $17.5 million in damages and $29 million … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Flint Residents Seek Alternatives to Bathing with Local Water

Since April 2014, when Flint, Michigan began using the Flint River as its water supply in an effort to save money, its residents claim they have been plagued with problems resulting from the quality of the water. The city began … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Jury Awards $46.5 Million in Damages in Monsanto PCBs Lawsuits

On May 25, 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $46.5 million to three plaintiffs who claimed Monsanto and three other companies were negligent in the production of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). The award consisted of $17.5 million in damages and $29 … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, PCBs |

Labeling Changes and Instructions for 29 Products as of April 2016

Safety Labeling Changes posted by MedWatch April 2016 includes 29 products to the following sections: BOXED WARNING, CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, ADVERSE REACTIONS, or PATIENT PACKAGE INSERT/MEDICATION GUIDE. The “Summary Page” table provides a listing of product names and safety labeling sections … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Inferior Vena Cava Filter Presents Significant Risks of Failed Retrieval

The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter is a small, metal device and has been used since the 1960s. Approximately 259,000 filters have been inserted as a temporary measure to impede blood clots from travelling to the lungs or heart. Some … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Toddler Bike Helmets Recalled for Choking Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Pacific Cycle of Madison, Wisconsin is recalling 129,000 Schwinn-brand infant bicycle helmets. A magnetic buckle on the chin strap can come loose and pose a choking hazard. The helmet, designed for children … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Diabetes Drug Pioglitazone Linked to Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer

An increased risk of bladder cancer has been uncovered following a large population-based study concerning patients who take the diabetes drug pioglitazone known to most as Actos, the Renal and Urology News reports. Pioglitazone is a single-ingredient product sold under … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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