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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research


The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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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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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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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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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuits Centralized in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

Federal lawsuits stemming from the Darvon and Darvocet recall have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) and transferred to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (Covington Division). The Darvon and Darvocet litigation (MDL 226) will be … Continue reading

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Darvocet Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed by Estate of Louisiana Woman

The family of a Louisiana woman who suffered a fatal heart attack has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the makers of < "">Darvocet. This latest Darvocet lawsuit names Eli Lilly and Co., Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., Vintage Pharmaceuticals Inc., Qualitest … Continue reading

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New Darvocet Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Louisiana

The maker of < "">Darvocet is facing a class action lawsuit that alleges the manufacturer’s neglect to warn patients of the drug’s—and its generic equivalent’s—risks and side effects. Propoxyphene is an opioid painkiller that was first sold as Darvon in … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Recall Delay Blamed for yet another Death

The Darvon and Darvocet recall came too late to save the 22-year-old daughter of Tammy and John Gilbert. When Kira Nicole was prescribed Darvocet two years ago, the Gilberts didn’t think they needed to worry. According to a report on … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Deaths Could Have Been Prevented by Earlier FDA Action

A consumer group says negligence on the part of federal regulators in calling for a Darvon and Darvocet recall likely cost hundreds of lives. In a recent issue of its “Worst Pills, Best Pills” newsletter, Public Citizen says that the … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuit Blames Painkillers for Sudden Death

The family of a man who died after taking propoxyphene containing drugs has filed a < "">Darvon lawsuit against Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, maker of the recalled drugs. The lawsuit claims Cornelius Kellehar’s sudden heart problems were the result of Darvon and < … Continue reading

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Billions at Stake in Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuits

Victims of Darvon, Darvocet and other propoxyphene drugs could potentially recover billions of dollars in product liability lawsuits, legal experts say. That’s because a great many Darvon and Darvocet lawsuits will likely involve wrongful death claims. Propoxyphene is an opiod … Continue reading

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Motions for Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuit Consolidation Opposed by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals

Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Darvon and Darvocet, is opposing efforts to have all federal lawsuits involving the recalled painkillers consolidated in a multi-district < "">Darvon litigation (MDL). Though only five such lawsuit have been filed so far, it is … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Dangers Prompted Action by Pharmacists Years Before Recall

The Darvocet and Darvon recall has the approval of some pharmacists. According to a report in the News-Leader out of Missouri, some pharmacists there said they stopped stocking Darvon and Darvocet years ago because of safety concerns. It’s too bad, really, that … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuits Will Make News in 2011

Darvocet and < "">Darvon lawsuits involving the recalled painkillers painkillers could be one of the big legal and health stories of 2011. At least one national law firm – Parker Waichman Alonso LLP – has reported that it has been inundated … Continue reading

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