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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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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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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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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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Glaxo to Resolve Avandia, Paxil, Wellbutrin Fraud Charges with Justice Department for Record-Breaking $3 Billion

The U.S. Justice Department has announced another record-breaking settlement with a pharmaceutical company accused of illegally marketing some of its drugs.  According to a statement issued by the Department late yesterday, GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3 billion to settle charges involving … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Mediation Leads To Settlement Of 25,000 Avandia Lawsuits

Multidistrict litigation mediation has led to the settlement of about 25,000 Avandia lawsuits. Avandia was GlaskoSmithKline’s once-blockbuster type 2 diabetes drug. This November, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe appointed a mediator to preside over settlement negotiation for the cases, setting … Continue reading

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Avandia Mediation Nets Settlement for 20,000 Heart Attack Lawsuits

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to settle about 20,000 heart attack lawsuits brought by former users of its Type 2 diabetes medication Avandia. The lawsuits are among thousands more which claim GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) hid data showing the leading diabetes drug … Continue reading

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Glaxo May Mediate More Avandia Settlements

Last week, we wrote that GlaxoSmithKline Plc agreed to pay $3 billion to resolve federal investigations into how it marketed some of its drugs, including its controversial type 2 diabetes drug, Avandia. Now, a judge is urging the drug maker … Continue reading

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Glaxo to Settle Avandia, Other Federal Drug Marketing Investigations

GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $3 billion to resolve federal investigations into the marketing of some of its drugs, including the controversial type 2 diabetes drug, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avandia">Avandia. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the agreement with the U.S. … Continue reading

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