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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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 Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Federal Regulators Issue Warning Letter to Teva Pharmaceuticals

Federal Regulators Issue Warning to Teva Pharmaceuticals

Teva Pharmaceuticals just received a “Warning Letter” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to the agency’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) inspection of Teva’s Gödöllő, Hungary’s manufacturing facility. Teva was also placed on Import Alert 66-40 on … Continue reading

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Food Company Execs May Be Held Liable for Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Instances of food company executives receiving prison sentences and serving time over large, even deadly, food poisoning case are mounting. Now, some wonder why pharmaceutical and medical device company executives are not subject to the same punishments. Stewart Parnell, former … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Over Alleged Failure of Rex Medical Option IVC Filter

Lawsuit Filed Over Failure of Rex Medical Option IVC Filter

The family of a now-deceased Florida man has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania over the alleged failure of the Rex Medical Option Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter device. The lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania. In September 2014, the man was … Continue reading

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Medtronic Recalls Thousands of Lots of Various Neurovascular Products

Medtronic Recalls Lots of Various Neurovascular Products

Medtronic PLC just recalled certain lots of four of its neurovascular products. The device maker noted that the recalled devices might lead to a thromboembolic event (blood clot) in patients. The recalled Medtronic neurovascular products are: Pipeline Embolization Device (1742 … Continue reading

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Traffic Deaths Increase Over 10 Percent in the First Half of the Year

Traffic Deaths Increase Over 10% in the First Half of Year

Deaths due to traffic accidents in the United State rose by 10.4 percent in just the first half of 2016 when compared to the first half of 2015, according to a report issued by The New York Times. The NYT … Continue reading

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Homeopathic Teething Products May Be Tied to 10 Children’s Deaths and 400 Adverse Event Reports

Homeopathic Teething Products May Be Tied to 10 Deaths

Ten children who used what has been described as homeopathic teething tablets have died and another 400 adverse events have been tied to the tablets according to reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency warned caregivers … Continue reading

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Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits Expected to Continue Increasing

Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits Expected to Continue Increasing

The federal multidistrict litigation involving the erectile dysfunction (ED) medication Viagra (sildenafil citrate) continues to proceed. Viagra is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and is a phosphodiesterase (PDE) 5A inhibitor (PDE5A) that is typically used in the treatment of ED. Viagra … Continue reading

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Long Island Railroad Work and Passengers Collide, Passengers and Workers Injured

LIRR Trains Collide, Passengers and Workers Injured

This weekend, a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) work train and a passenger train collided causing a number of injuries to passengers and workers, some serious. Specifically, the work train sideswiped the passenger train. At least 33 workers and passengers were … Continue reading

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Hepatitis B Reactivation in Certain Patients Taking Hepatitis C Drugs

epatitis B Reactivation in Patients Using Hepatitis C Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated that its most serious warning, the so-called “black box,” be placed on nine brand name hepatitis C virus (HCV) drugs. The call for the black box followed 24 reported cases of … Continue reading

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Long Island and Manhattan Nursing Homes at the Center of a Blood Infection Probe

NY Nursing Homes at the Center of a Blood Infection Probe

Bloodstream infections originating from tainted intravenous (IV) products appear to be the cause of nearly three-dozen patient illnesses in New York nursing homes. One patient death is also being reviewed as part of a New York State Department of Health … Continue reading

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