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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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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, 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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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, 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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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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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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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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Wide Range of Later Cancer Risk for Children Receiving Radiation in Heart Surgeries

Many children with heart disease who are exposed to radiation during imaging procedures are at greater risk for developing cancer later in their lives. Since an increasing number of children with heart disease now live to adulthood, this risk could … Continue reading

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Pediatric CT Scans Trigger 5,000 U.S. Cancers


Children appear to be at particular risk for future cancer from the 4 million computerized tomography (CT) scans conducted on patients under the age of 15 in the United States. The CTs, said Bloomberg News, may lead to nearly 5,000 … Continue reading

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Girls Exposed to Chest Radiation Have Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

In disturbing news, an emerging study reveals that girls exposed to chest radiation have increased risks for developing breast cancer. The study found that the increased likelihood was similar to risks seen in women with a genetic risk for the … Continue reading

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Europe Bans Airport X-ray Scanners Over Health Concerns

Europe has banned the use of airport X-ray scanners over health concerns. The European Union (EU) issued the ruling banning the devices in every European airport after the agency that enforces rules throughout the EU’s 27 member nations, the European … Continue reading

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PET Scan Drug Side Effects Being Investigated

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a notification to the medical imaging community and the public concerning the potential for inadvertent, increased radiation exposure in patients who underwent or will undergo cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scans … Continue reading

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Medicare Patients Exposed to Excess Radiation from Unnecessary CT Scans

Hospitals around the country have exposed thousands of Medicare chest patients to what are most likely < "">unnecessary double CT scans. According to a report in The New York Times, hospitals performed 76,000 such scans on Medicare patients in 2008, … Continue reading

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Study Says Observation First Could Cut CT Scans in Children with Head Injuries

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics says children are being subjected to < "">unnecessary CT scans following head injuries. The authors of the study, researchers at Boston and UC Davis, call for more children to be placed under … Continue reading

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Emergency Rooms Performing more CT Scans on Children

A new study has found that children are undergoing five times more CT scans in the emergency room than they were in the recent past. The study, published online in the journal Radiology, is raising new questions about the amount … Continue reading

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Airport Backscatter X-Ray Scanners Continue to Raise Safety Questions

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is taking another look at the < "">radiation levels emitted from some of its new airport full-body scanners after tests found some devices were emitting radiation that was 10 times higher than normal. Though it … Continue reading

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CT Scan Radiation Overdoses Reported at Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia

Another large hospital is at the center of a scandal involving < "">radiation overdoses from CT scans. According to The New York Times, the CT scan radiation overdoses occurred at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia for more than … Continue reading

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