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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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 ...
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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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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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Federal Panel Hears Oral Arguments on Proposed Biomet M2A Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit Consolidation

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard oral arguments last week regarding the proposed consolidation of all Biomet M2A Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits as a multidistrict litigation.  Plaintiffs pushing for the Biomet M2A Magnum hip implant consolidation … Continue reading

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ADHD in Children Linked to Lead, Mercury Exposure

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been linked to lead and mercury exposure in young children, according to an emerging study. The study, which followed about 300 Inuit children born in northern Quebec, Canada, found that young children exposed to … Continue reading

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Patients Need Regular Checks, Australian Medical Device Regulators Warn

Australian regulators have become the latest to issue warnings about the possible dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants.  In a posting on the website for Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the agency advised that recipients of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices … Continue reading

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Settlement Reached in Fosamax Dead Jaw Syndrome Lawsuit

A confidential settlement on damages has been reported in a Fosamax lawsuit brought by the estate of a Florida woman who developed Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ON J or Dead Jaw Syndrome) while taking the bisphosphonate drug.  According to a … Continue reading

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Mirapex Being Reviewed for Possible Association with Heart Failure

U.S. drug regulators are investigating a possible link between the Parkinson’s disease drug, Mirapex, and heart failure. In a Drug Safety Communication issued yesterday, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that some research has raised concern that taking Mirapex … Continue reading

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H&M Recalls Children’s Water Bottles for Choking Hazard

H&M issued a recall of its children’s water bottles over choking hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 2,900 Children’s Water Bottles are constructed with a spout that can break off, posing a choking hazard to … Continue reading

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Crestor, Other Statins Little Help in Preventing Blood Clots

New analysis of a previously conducted clinical trials casts doubt on the effectiveness of statin drugs, specifically rosuvastatin, in the prevention of blood clots. Rosuvastatin is available in name brand form as Crestor and is among the most widely prescribed … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Intestinomicina Can Lead to Life-Threatening Injuries

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that the drug Intestinomicina can lead to life-threatening injuries. The drug is made in El Salvador and advertised as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections. Intestinomicina, which … Continue reading

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Former 9/11 Airline Dispatcher Fights for Zadroga Act Compensation to Treat PTSD

A former airline dispatcher who helped guide hundreds of flight to safety on 9/11/2001 is now fighting a battle to obtain health benefits from the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.  Michael Winter recently told CBS News that he desperately needs Zadroga … Continue reading

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Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Named in Two Florida Lawsuits Alleging Metal Poisoning

Lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics over its recalled Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant System continue to mount.  This week, the medical device maker was named in two Florida lawsuits alleging Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacements resulted in metal poisoning that caused bone and … Continue reading

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