Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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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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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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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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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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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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New Research Finds Elevated Risk of Ovarian Cancer with Talc Use

Genital Talc Use Linked to 20 Percent Increased Risk of Cancer New findings published this month in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention found that genital use of talcum powder is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The … Continue reading

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Report Reveals Rise in NY Construction Site Deaths, Safety Violations

New York Construction Deaths Increasing, Caused by Safety Violations A new report shows that construction deaths in New York are on the rise. The construction fatalities, which are frequently caused by falls, disproportionately affect Latino workers. The findings also shed … Continue reading

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Catheter Recalls due to Serious Complications and Injuries

Catheter Recalls due to Serious Complications and Injuries

The benefits and usefulness of catheters are not in question, when the broad scope of applications and indications for which the devices are used are examined. Catheters are used for administering medications, injecting contrast dye for angiogram procedures, and removing … Continue reading

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INRatio Blood Monitoring Device Recalled Due to Inaccurate Readings

Alere INRatio System Recalled The Alere INRatio and INRatio2 PT/INR Monitor System are devices used to measure how fast a patient’s blood is clotting. This system is used in patients taking warfarin, a decades-old anticoagulant used to prevent blood clot … Continue reading

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Nursing Homes a Solution but in Some Cases Unsafe

Nursing Homes a Solution but in Some Cases are Unsafe

In this day and age, our senior population is growing in number and living longer. The elderly are among our most vulnerable citizens. The challenge of providing the proper care has become increasingly important as many people are faced with … Continue reading

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Lead Contamination a Problem Nationwide

Lead Contamination has Become a Nationwide Problem

In the last two years, significant national attention has been focused on the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, and the health consequences for Flint residents, in particular the children. But Flint is not an isolated instance of lead problems. Lead … Continue reading

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Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Scheduled for Trial in 2017

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial Slated for February 2017 Johnson & Johnson will continue to face litigation involving its baby power and ovarian cancer claims. A talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in February 2017. … Continue reading

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Aggressive Driving Leads to Auto Accidents, Injury Lawsuits

Aggressive Driving Endangers Everyone on the Road While an auto accident may occur for various reasons, certain patterns of behavior are more likely to cause a crash. Aggressive driving is a factor that can increase the chances of an accident … Continue reading

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St. Jude Medical Cardiac Devices Recalled Over Life-Threatening Battery Issue

St. Jude Medical Inc. has recalled 400,000 implanted heart devices because of the risk of premature battery depletion. The defect is linked to two deaths in Europe. The devices included in the recall are St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators … Continue reading

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Lawyers Investigate Invega Gynecomastia Lawsuits Against Janssen

Invega and Gynecomastia, Growth of Male Breast Tissue Parker Waichman LLP is a national personal injury firm that represents clients in lawsuits over allegedly defective drugs and medical devices. Currently, the firm is investigating possible lawsuits on behalf of individuals … Continue reading

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