Daily Archives: August 19, 2016

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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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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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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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Teva Pharmaceuticals Initiates Voluntary Recall due to Potential Glass Particulate Matter

Teva Pharmaceuticals Initiates Voluntary Recall due to Glass

Teva Pharmaceuticals based in North Wales, Pennsylvania, announced a voluntary recall of seven lots of Amikacin Sulfate Injection USP, 500 mg/2mL and 1 tram/4mL vials as a result of the potential presence of glass particulate matter. Amikacin Sulfate Injection is used … Continue reading

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No Settlement Reached in IVC Filter MDL Conference

No Settlement Reached in IVC Filter MDL Conference

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated Cook IVC filter lawsuits, in October 2014, into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Over 500 plaintiffs have joined the litigation, all alleging to have been injured by … Continue reading

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FDA Investigates Wen Hair Care Products

FDA Investigates Wen Hair Care Products

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Wen Hair Care products and their distributor, Guehy-Renker, for allegedly causing hair loss (alopecia). More than 21,000 complaints have been received against Wen, sold by Hollywood hairstylist Chaz Dean. The U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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J&J Used Deceptive Marketing for Transvaginal Mesh, Kentucky AG Alleges in Civil Suit

J&J Used Deceptive Marketing for Transvaginal Mesh

Johnson & Johnson and its medical unit Ethicon are once again facing allegations of deceptive marketing over its transvaginal mesh. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court under the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act, alleging the … Continue reading

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FDA Places Laxachem Organics on Important Alert, Prohibits Products from Entering US

FDA Prohibits Laxachem Organics Products from Entering US

Laxachem Organics of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India has been placed on “important alert” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), legally stopping all of the company’s pharmaceutical products from entering the United States. According to an update posted on the … Continue reading

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Medtronic Issues Warning for Heart Valve Delivery System

Medtronic Issues Warning for Heart Valve Delivery System

Medtronic PLC has issued a warning regarding its minimally invasive EnVeo R delivery system, which is used to implant the Evolut R aortic valve in the heart. The company is urging doctors to take extra precautions when inserting the device, … Continue reading

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