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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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FDA Says to Beware of Skin Care Products Containing Mercury

FDA Says to Beware of Skin Care Products Containing Mercury

In a recently updated statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to beware of skin care products containing mercury. Exposure to mercury is hazardous, and can damage the brain, lungs and kidneys. It is especially harmful … Continue reading

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FDA Approval of Transvaginal Mesh is Questioned by Victims

FDA Approval of Transvaginal Mesh is Questioned by Victims

A study by Northwestern University, published May 4, 2016 in Obstetrics and Gynecology criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administation (FDA) for approving a number of high-risk health devices based on unsubstantiated clinical studies, including transvaginal mesh. Dr. Steve Xu, … Continue reading

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Schumer Slams FDA for Sluggish Dangerous Food Recall Process

Schumer Slams FDA for Sluggish Dangerous Food Recall Process

Senator Chuck Schumer criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for being too slow in recalling potentially dangerous food. The Senator is calling for a top-to-bottom review of the agency’s process. “Delays in getting bad food off shelves is … Continue reading

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Wen Conditioner Hair Loss Complaints Prompt FDA Safety Alert

Wen Conditioner Hair Loss Complaints Prompt FDA Safety Alert

Numerous complaints of hair loss, bald spots, rashes, and itching after using Wen hair cleansing conditioner prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a safety alert. As of July 7, 2016, the agency has received 127 direct … Continue reading

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Bellwether Trial Dates in Xarelto Litigation Scheduled for 2017

Bellwether Trial Dates in Xarelto Suits Scheduled for 2017

Bellwether trial dates have been selected in the Xarelto multidistrict litigation (MDL) 2592. Court records show that more than 2,800 lawsuits have been consolidated into the MDL in Eastern Louisiana before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon. A list of … Continue reading

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