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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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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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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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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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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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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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E. coli Scare Tied to Canadian Beef Spreads to U.S.

U.S. consumers are again being warned that beef imported from Canada could be contaminated with E. coli.   According to its latest update, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Canada’s XL Foods its expanding its … Continue reading

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Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction, Low Sex Drive, Other Propecia Side Effects May be Long-Lasting

It’s becoming increasingly clear that men who use Propecia run the risk of developing severe sexual side effects, including impotence, erectile dysfunction, lower sex drive, infertility, testicular pain and genital shrinkage.  Unfortunately for many men, recent research indicates that Propecia … Continue reading

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Medtronic Infuse® Researcher Named in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a patient who received a Medtronic spine device in an off-label procedure has accused the company of installing a crony at a prominent medical journal in order to garner good press for Medtronic products, including … Continue reading

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Smith & Nephew Issues Safety Alert for Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Components

Smith & Nephew has issued a safety alert for its Birmingham Hip Modular Head implant components.  According to a report from MassDevice.com, Smith & Nephew issued the Birmingham Modular Head implant warning after data from two overseas device tracking databases … Continue reading

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Pradaxa®, Other New Blood Thinners Can Triple Bleeding Risks in ACS Patients, Study Finds

A study of new blood thinners, including Pradaxa®, has found that these novel drugs pose an elevated bleeding risk that cancels out their benefits in patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).  According to a report from MedPage Today, the study … Continue reading

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Remington Rifle Lawsuit Alleges Faulty Fire Control System on Remington Model 700 Rifle Left Montana Man Paralyzed

A Montana man has filed a new lawsuit alleging a defective fire control mechanism on the Remington Model 700 rifle led to his paralysis.  According to a report from NBCMontana.com, Brad Humphrey claims the Remington rifle unexpectedly discharged during a … Continue reading

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Pradaxa Study Finds New Blood Thinner Hasn’t Had Much Effect on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

A new Pradaxa study conducted by U.S. researchers has found that Pradaxa hasn’t really changed the way doctors treat atrial fibrillation, its approved indication.  According to a report from the UPI, the same study also found that a growing number … Continue reading

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What Happens if I Become Pregnant While Using Mirena IUD?

Believe it or not, it is possible to become pregnant while using the Mirena IUD (Intrauterine Device).  No form of birth control, with the exception of tubal ligation, will prevent pregnancy 100% of the time.  According to the Mirena website, … Continue reading

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Del Monte Recalls Fresh-Cut Mango Products for Potential Salmonella

Del Monte just issued a recall of its fresh-cut mango products over potential Salmonella contamination. The announcement followed the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) warning against consuming mangoes produced by Agricola Daniella in Mexico. This recall, initiated by Del … Continue reading

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Skechers Shape-Ups Toning Shoe Danger: Stress Fractures

Stress fractures, small cracks in the bone that can occur in the foot or ankle that are often associated with basketball, distance running and other high-impact sports, are generally caused by repeated stress of the foot striking the ground.  However, … Continue reading

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