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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 Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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

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 ...
Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

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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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

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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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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European Scientific Committee Urges Caution on Metal-on-Metal Hips

SCENHIR, the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, has issued an opinion on the safety of metal-on-metal (MoM) joint replacement devices, with “particular focus” on hip implants. The committee examined concerns over possible exposure to … Continue reading

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DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits Continue to Mount as First Trial Moves Forward

As the first trial over the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip implant is underway, the number of lawsuits filed in Texas is almost 7,000. There are 6,849 Pinnacle lawsuits filed in the Dallas Division of the Northern District of … Continue reading

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Judge Rules Jurors in DePuy Hip Implant Trial Can Hear About Other Cases in Multidistrict Litigation

On Monday, a Texas federal judge allowed the plaintiff in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit to tell jurors about the 6,500 other cases pending in multidistrict litigation that allege injuries caused by defects in a … Continue reading

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DePuy Executive Questioned about Pinnacle Hip Implant Safety Studies in Bellwether Trial

On Monday, a DePuy executive was questioned about whether or not the company properly analyzed the dangers of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant. According to Reuters, Depuy worldwide vice president of clinical research Pamela Plouhar took the stand in the … Continue reading

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Newer Joint Replacement Systems May Offer No Benefit

According to a systematic review published online September 9th in the BMJ, there is no evidence to support the use of 5 newer joint replacement devices compared to analogous products that have been on the market longer. In fact, the … Continue reading

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DePuy Pinnacle Trial Proceeds, More DePuy Witnesses Testify

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The DePuy Pinnacle bellwether trial continues, as DePuy witnesses continue to testify. The trial, which began on September 2nd in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, is expected … Continue reading

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Attorney Says J&J Was Aware of Hip Implant Metal Poisoning Concern in 2001

In a lawsuit being tried in U.S. District Court in Dallas, Texas, an attorney said Johnson & Johnson knew in 2001 of concerns about metal poisoning with the DePuy Pinnacle artificial hip. Dr. Thomas Schmalzreid, a doctor who consulted with … Continue reading

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Bellwether Trial over J&J Pinnacle Hip Implant about to Begin

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit is facing its first trial of a lawsuit alleging that the metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle hip implant is defective and caused serious injuries. According to Bloomberg, Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli alleged that the implant caused metal … Continue reading

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Metal Ion Levels Predict Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failure, Study Suggests

A study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that levels of metal ions in the blood were associated with failure rates of metal-on-metal hip implants.

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The State of Oregon Wins a $4 Million Settlement Involving DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Devices

The Oregon Department of Justice just obtained a $4 million settlement over a lawsuit brought over Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. metal-on-metal hip implant device. The case involved allegations concerning the way in which DePuy marketed the medical device. The … Continue reading

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