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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Pella Architect Series Windows Allow Water to Penetrate Home, Cause Extensive Damage

For many consumers who purchased Pella Architect Series Windows, they’re learning that the advertised benefits simply aren’t true. More and more, property owners whose homes have been installed with Pella Architect Series Windows have come to believe that the Pella … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Man Claims DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant is Defective, Caused Metal Poisoning

A Pennsylvania man claims he suffered serious and debilitating injuries caused by the DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle Acetabular System Device metal-on-metal hip implant. Mark Hart, has become the latest to file a lawsuit against DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, … Continue reading

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Illinois nursing home faces neglect lawsuit after resident blames care for leg amputation

An Illinois man claims he was forced to have part of his leg amputated and is “deathly ill” after receiving negligent care at a nursing home already under state scrutiny. Patch.com reports that John Eric Rush has filed a lawsuit … Continue reading

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Government sequestration will impact Zadroga Act compensation

As the federal government sequestration looms today and lawmakers in nation’s capital appear unwilling to reach a compromise on a budget deal, the automatic spending cuts that will go into place may affect the healthcare compensation granted first responder victims … Continue reading

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DePuy’s latest defense: Infections, not a defective implant, led to revision surgery

The complications suffered by the retired Montana prison guard who claims his DePuy Orthopaedics ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was defective were not caused by the device but from an infection he had in his hip as well as other prior … Continue reading

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Poland Spring bottled water may be contaminated with gasoline; Sandy and gas shortage likely to blame

The effects of Superstorm Sandy in October are still being felt months later and in some unexpected places: Poland Spring bottled water. WMUR.com reports that health officials in New Hampshire have warned consumers about the potential dangers posed by larger … Continue reading

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Firm seeks Bausch & Lomb IPO after private sale fails to materialize

The owners of the well-known eye care products company Bausch & Lomb are considering an Initial Public Offering of the company after attempts to sell it privately did not meet expectations. Bloomberg broke news at the end of last week … Continue reading

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Stryker issues new guidance in Australia for recipients of recalled ABG II Modular neck hip implant component

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. has issued updated guidance for patients who rely on the company’s ABG II Modular neck hip implant component. According to a report at MassDevice.com, a recent finding that one patient who showed no other signs … Continue reading

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DePuy marketing boss tells jurors ASR hip implant is safe

The head of marketing at DePuy Orthopaedics assured one of his subordinates who expressed concerns over the safety of the company’s ASR metal-on-metal hip implant that the company was on top of the matter and the product he was pitching … Continue reading

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FDA investigating potential link between chicken jerky dog treats from China and spate of pet illnesses

With thousands of reports of illnesses suffered by pet dogs in the U.S. already on the record and some new cases being reported as recently as last month, federal health officials said this week they’ll begin to investigate a possible … Continue reading

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