Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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