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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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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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