Daily Archives: August 19, 2016

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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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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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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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 Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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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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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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