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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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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 the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Growing Movement Demands Recall of Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive Device

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The campaign for the recall of Bayer’s Essure contraceptive device is gathering strength online among women who claim the device caused them severe pain and injuries. The women have created Facebook support pages, Twitter campaigns, and petitions, and their actions … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Against Medtronic for Promoting Off-Label Use of Infuse

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A lawsuit filed this week alleges that Medtronic Inc. deliberately promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone graft product. The complaint includes the names of 98 plaintiffs who allege that the off-label use of Medtronic caused them to incur … Continue reading

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Scent Device May Help in Early Detection of Bladder Cancer

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Based on earlier research findings that suggest dogs can successfully sniff out bladder cancer, researchers have built a device that can analyze gases and create a readout of the chemicals found in the urine within 30 minutes. The researchers hope … Continue reading

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Pilot Flying J Faces Mounting Legal Pressure over Fuel Rebate Fraud Scheme

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A new lawsuit claims that Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J Travel Centers  committed rebate fraud on a fuel program it offers. The lawsuit was filed recently by an Alabama trucking company, Wright Transportation Inc., that says Flying J Travel Centers … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

Rise in Adverse Event Reports Prompts FDA to Investigate da Vinci Surgical Robot

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The rising number of adverse event reports (AERs) regarding Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical System has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to roll out an investigative survey for surgeons who use the robotic surgical systems during surgery. … Continue reading

Posted in da Vinci Surgical Robot, Defective Medical Devices |

Samsca Gets Revised Label to Reflect its Potential to Cause Serious Liver Damage

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Taking the drug Samsca (tolvaptan) for more than a month could cause serious liver injury or even death, according to federal health officials. Also at risk is anyone who has an underlying kidney problem and takes the drug. The U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Pharmaceuticals |

Judge Overrules Merck’s Bid to Boot Expert Testimony from Four Doctors in Fosamax Trial

Merck and Co. was unable to stop doctors from giving expert testimony during the New Jersey-based trial, now under way, regarding osteoporosis drug Fosamax for allegedly causing atypical femur fractures. The federal judge ruled, however, that while the plaintiff’s treating … Continue reading

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Fosamax Lawsuit Begins with Opening Remarks

Opening arguments today signaled the start of the second trial charging Merck’s Fosamax with causing femur fractures. In New Jersey federal court the focus was on the case of 58-year-old Bernadette Glynn, who says that the osteoporosis drug is part … Continue reading

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