Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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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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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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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Levaquin Complaint can be Amended to Include FDA Warning, Court Says

Levaquin Complaint can be Amended to Include FDA Warning

In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the risks of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro. The agency said that, given the risk of potentially permanent side effects, these medications should only be … Continue reading

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Zithromax Linked to Rare but Extremely Serious Skin Side Effect

Zithromax Linked to Rare but Very Serious Skin Side Effect

Zithromax, a widely prescribed antibiotic, has been linked to a number of severe side effects, including the serious allergic skin reactions Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Stevens-Johnson is “a rare, serious disorder” of the skin and mucous … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Abilify Label to Include Compulsive Behaviors

FDA Updates Abilify Label to Include Compulsive Behaviors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the warning label on Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada and generic aripiprazole to include information about compulsive behavior. According to the safety announcement, there have been reports of uncontrollable urges to gamble, … Continue reading

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FDA Revises Warning Label on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

FDA Revises Warning Label on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved labeling changes on fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets, moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin and gemifloxacin (Factive). In a news release issued Tuesday, the agency said the Boxed … Continue reading

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Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit Update: “Sequence Discovery” Issue

Zofran Birth Defect Case Update: “Sequence Discovery” Issue

Plaintiffs in more than 200 birth defect lawsuits have raised concerns over the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) new proposal for Sequenced Discovery. Parents say the company neglected to warn patients and health experts of its anti-nausea drug Zofran’s alleged potential … Continue reading

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Invega Users Troubled by Range of Side Effects

Patients taking the psychiatric medication Invega, approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, face a range of side effects, some of which can persist even after the patient stops taking the drug. Invega (paliperidone) is made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Invega is … Continue reading

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Dilantin Linked to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a Dangerous Skin Condition

Dilantin Linked to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Dilantin, the anti-epileptic drug that has been in use for decades is one of many drugs associated with the related skin conditions Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Though these conditions are rare, when they do occur they … Continue reading

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Levaquin Plaintiffs Allowed to Include Updated FDA Safety Warnings in Legal Complaints

Levaquin Plaintiffs Able to Use Updated FDA Safety Warnings

Hundreds of product liability lawsuits involving the fluoroquinolone antibiotics Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox are moving toward trial in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. In June 2016, the court granted a motion from the … Continue reading

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Tainted Medical Scopes Allegedly Cause Superbug Infections

Tainted Medical Scopes Allegedly Cause Superbug Infections

The Olympus Corporation, based in Japan, was allegedly aware of superbug outbreaks in three countries as early as 2013 and did not alert American hospitals about possibly deadly infections from contaminated medical scopes known as duodenoscopes. After two-dozen infections were … Continue reading

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Xarelto Lawsuits Have Added Credibility Based on Scholarly Studies

Xarelto Cases Added Credibility Based on Scholarly Studies

The makers of Xarelto, an anticoagulant that was credited as a breakthrough in blood clot prevention, is battling numerous lawsuits. An alleged connection between an elevated risk for serious hemorrhages and Xarelto are now being lent possible increased credibility through … Continue reading

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