Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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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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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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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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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams get FDA Warning Letter due to Listeria

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams get FDA Warning due to Listeria

For the second time, Listeria contamination is a problem for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ manufacturers. The first recall  of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams was in 2015 after the bacteria was found in Jeni’s production facility. Jeni’s issued a voluntary recall … Continue reading

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Investigation of St. Jude Medical Devices Now Includes FDA

Investigation of St. Jude Medical Devices Now Includes FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now joined the investigation into security claims that devices made by St. Jude Medical can be hacked remotely. These claims are still being defended by St. Jude. Muddy Waters Capital, an investment … Continue reading

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Woman Killed by Chain Reaction Crash Caused by Drunk Driver

Woman Killed by Chain Reaction Crash Caused by Drunk Driver

On the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, early Monday morning, a woman standing outside a disabled car was the victim of a drunk driver who rammed into the back of the disabled car. This collision catapulted Aissatou Diallo over the guardrail approximately 30 … Continue reading

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Crash in Long Island Leaves 1 Dead

Crash in Long Island Leaves 1 Dead

An early morning crash leaves a man dead in Long Island. A 56-year-old Sound Beach man driving a 2007 Ford E150 was headed westbound when he collided with a box truck on Sunrise Highway and Helen Avenue. The driver was … Continue reading

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Quality of Xarelto Clinical Trials Expected to be an Issue in 2017 Court Cases

Xarelto Clinical Trials to be an Issue in 2017 Lawsuits

When the first lawsuits involving the blood-thinning drug Xarelto go to trial in 2017, attorneys expect the quality of the clinical trials involved in the drug’s approval to be a major issue. Xarelto lawsuits have been filed in both federal … Continue reading

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Power Morcellator Use Drops in Light of FDA Warning

Power Morcellator Use Drops in Light of FDA Warning

The use of power morcellators in gynecologic procedures has decreased substantially after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in 2014 that the devices could spread undetected uterine cancers. A study published in JAMA examined trends in power morcellation … Continue reading

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SSRI Antidepressants Can Increase Patient’s Fear and Anxiety

SSRI Antidepressants Can Increase Patient’s Fear and Anxiety

For some of the millions of people worldwide who take selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat depression, the drug may actually increase the patient’s fear and anxiety. This family of widely prescribed drugs includes Prozac (fluoxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline). … Continue reading

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Study: PTSD in 9/11 Workers Associated with Increased Risk of Asthma

PTSD in 9/11 Workers Connected with Increased Risk of Asthma

A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the attacks were more likely to develop new-onset asthma. The longitudinal study, which conducted … Continue reading

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Honeywell Issues Recall for Possibly Contaminated Eyesaline Eyewash

Honeywell Issues Recall for Contaminated Eyesaline Eyewash

In cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, Honeywell has recalled one lot of Eyesaline Eyewash solution. The eyewash is used for emergency eye rinsing after an injury. The product has been recalled as a precaution because of the risk … Continue reading

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New Lawsuit Filed over Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket

New Lawsuit Filed over Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket

3M and Arizant Healthcare are facing another lawsuit filed over the Bair Hugger surgical blanket. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a New York man who suffered a deep joint infection, allegedly due to the Bair Hugger warming blanket … Continue reading

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