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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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

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

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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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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

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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier

Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Lawsuits Claiming NuvaRing Causes Blood Clots Continue to Build

NuvaRing is being linked to a series of thrombotic issues leading to serious health problems and litigation. The birth contol device can allegedly cause blood clots, some of which can be fatal. Manufacturers such as Merck & Co. are being … Continue reading

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Health Concerns and Litigation over Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control

Bayer is being widely criticized over Yaz and Yasmin, two similar types of oral contraceptives. The popular birth control pills are reportedly responsible for causing blood-clots, with some instances resulting in death. In light of the evidence, advisors to the … Continue reading

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Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer

Takeda’s Actos, the diabetes drug, has been linked to possible cases of bladder cancer. After studies established a connection between the drug and disease, the widely used medication was taken off the shelves in two European countries last June. Shortly … Continue reading

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Prior to Hip Implant Recall, DePuy Discussed FDA Concerns

Over the past few years, DePuy Orthopaedics has experienced several setbacks concerning their artificial hip implants. The company, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, had recalled two of their products in September 2010 due to a high rate … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Depakote Legal Troubles Not Over for Abbott

Depakote continues to pose more legal challenges for Abbott Laboratories (ABT). Among other issues, the company has allegedly violated consumer protection laws in relation to Depakote’s sale and marketing. After allegations of off-market labeling and U.S. Justice Department investigation last … Continue reading

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Medtronic Spine Sales Still Steadily Dropping in Wake of Infuse Controversies

Medtronic, Inc., sales have continued to decline after months of skepticism surrounding some of their products and practices. The company is experiencing a particularly bad quarter with regards to implantable heart defibrillators and spine products, which are two of their … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse |

MS Drug Gilenya Under Review in Europe, but Still Deemed Safe by FDA

US medical professionals are continuing to back Novartis’ Gilenya (fingolimod) despite the growing concern following several cases of patient death in the past few months. To investigate the effects of Gilenya on one’s cardiovascular health, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) … Continue reading

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