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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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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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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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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Lawsuits Allege Infections from LivaNova Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers

New Lawsuits Filed, Heater-Cooler Devices Blamed for Infections LivaNova, known formerly as Sorin Group, continues to face lawsuits alleging infections from its Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers. The device, which is used to maintain the temperature of a patient’s blood and organs, … Continue reading

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Study Finds Rising Rates of Mesothelioma, Particularly in Women

Researchers Say Mesothelioma Rates Continue to Rise, Cite Environmental Risk Given the increased awareness of asbestos mesothelioma risks and a subsequent ban of asbestos, many experts expected rates of mesothelioma to decrease in industrial countries. A recent study published in … Continue reading

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Ethicon Hernia Mesh Litigation Moves Forward, following Recall

Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits Proceed, Court Documents Show Court documents indicate that Ethicon is facing personal injury claims involving its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. The mesh, which is used in hernia repairs, was recalled due to a high rate of recurrence … Continue reading

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A.G. Convicts 9 People who Staged Auto Accidents for Insurance Fraud

9 Individuals Staged Accidents in Nassau and Suffolk to Receive Insurance Money Nine individuals were convicted for staging four automobile accidents in Nassau and Suffolk counties in order to receive money from insurance companies, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced … Continue reading

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Australian Politician Takes Issue with Transvaginal Mesh Implants

Australian Politician Compares Pelvic Mesh to Thalidomide Scandal An Australian politician had harsh words for the pharmaceutical industry regarding transvaginal mesh implants used for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Senate Derryn Hinch, speaking in Parliament on Nov. 22, … Continue reading

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Talc Powder Products Named in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Lawsuits Filed over Talc Products Containing Asbestos Talc is a mineral mainly composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. In powder form, it absorbs excess moisture and reduces friction. Talcum powder is often used as baby powder to prevent diaper rashes, … Continue reading

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FDA Orders ‘Black Box’ Warning for Essure Sterilization Device

Regulators Add Essure Boxed Warning, Patient Checklist Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Essure, the female sterilization device manufactured by Bayer, will carry a boxed warning or “black box” warning. The agency ordered the label … Continue reading

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Sabra Hummus Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Listeria Monocytogenes Found at Sabra Manufacturing Facility A voluntary recall is being issued for Sabra hummus products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Sabra Dipping Co., LLC, the company who makes Sabra hummus, says the bacteria was found at … Continue reading

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C.R. Bard Faces Lawsuits Over Meridian IVC Filter

Over 1,000 Meridian IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed Against Bard Federal lawsuits alleging injuries from C.R. Bard’s Meridian inferior vena cava (IVC) filter are consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Arizona before U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell. According to … Continue reading

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J&J Faces At Least 13,000 Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits

Product Liability Claims Allege Antipsychotic Caused Male Breast Growth Parker Waichman LLP personal injury attorneys comment that Risperdal lawsuits continue to mount against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit. In a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), … Continue reading

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