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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 City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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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 ...

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

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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

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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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