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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

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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FDA Reviews Heart Failure Risks Associated with Diabetes Drugs Onglyza and Kombiglyze

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In a Drug Safety Communication issued Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it has requested clinical trial data to analyze the association between heart failure and saxagliptin, a Type 2 diabetes drug marketed as Onglyza and … Continue reading

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Despite Increasing Injury Reports, Mounting Lawsuits, and Growing Data, FDA, EMA Will Not Confirm Increased Pancreatic Side Effects with Incretin Drugs

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agrees with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that prevailing data concerning Type 2 diabetes medications in the class known as glucagonlike peptide-1 (GLP-1)-based diabetes therapies, do not confirm increased pancreatic side effect risks, … Continue reading

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Glaxo Agrees to $229 Million Avandia Settlement with Eight States

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In response to lawsuits brought by eight U.S. states, drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle actions over diabetes medication, Avandia (rosiglitazone). The drug maker announced it would pay $229 million and, in … Continue reading

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Texas Man Files Lawsuit Alleging Actos Caused His Bladder Cancer

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A Texas man has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (Case No. 6:13-cv-02229) alleging that the diabetes drug Actos is to blame for his bladder cancer. This case is one of thousands … Continue reading

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Drug Maker, Roche, Ceases New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Testing Over Safety Risks

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Drug maker, Roche, just announced it has stopped development of a diabetes drug that is in the same class as the Type 2 diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia. The move, according to The New York Times, could raise safety concerns … Continue reading

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Diabetes Drug Fails to Cut Heart Risks, Clinical Trial Shows

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In a large clinical trial, Onglyza (saxagliptin), a Type 2 diabetes medication, failed to reduce the risk of heart attacks and related disease compared with a placebo. But the drug, co-marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca, did not increase cardiovascular … Continue reading

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Type 2 Diabetes Medication Risks Examined in Journal Review

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Incretin mimetics, a class of Type 2 diabetes drugs, are sparking debate and renewing concerns about health risks, especially to the pancreas. In fact, a piece published in the journal BMJ, states that the drugs, which include Byetta and Januvia, … Continue reading

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New Lawsuit Alleges Actos Caused Arizona Man’s Bladder Cancer

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An Arizona man who took the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) for several years has filed a lawsuit alleging that the drug caused his bladder cancer. The lawsuit further alleges that Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturer, was aware of the risk … Continue reading

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FDA Recommends Easing Avandia Restrictions

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A vote at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of United States health advisors ended with a recommendation to ease current market restrictions on Type 2 diabetes drug, Avandia, which is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

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FDA Reconsidering its Stance on Avandia

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In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reopening the matter involving Type 2 diabetes drug, Avandia, which is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. Avandia belongs to a class of diabetes drugs called thiazolidinediones that lower blood sugar by … Continue reading

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