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

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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

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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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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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

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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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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