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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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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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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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New Lawsuit Filed over Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket

New Lawsuit Filed over Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket

3M and Arizant Healthcare are facing another lawsuit filed over the Bair Hugger surgical blanket. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a New York man who suffered a deep joint infection, allegedly due to the Bair Hugger warming blanket … Continue reading

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Biomet Faces New Lawsuit over Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant

Biomet Faces New Lawsuit over Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant

Biomet is facing a new lawsuit alleging that its metal-on-metal hip implant is to blame for a New York woman’s injuries. The plaintiff is a 61-year-old woman who was implanted with the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Replacement System in her … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Recalls 29 Million Fitness Bands Due to Reports of Skin Irritation

McDonald’s Recalls 29M Fitness Bands Due to Skin Irritation

Following reports of skin irritation and burns, McDonald’s is recalling 29 million “Step It!” fitness trackers included in some Happy Meals. According to a statement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, McDonald’s received more than 70 reports of adverse … Continue reading

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Analysis Raises Questions about How Device Makers Label Patient Deaths

Questions Rise about How Device Makers Label Patient Deaths

Medical device manufacturers are required to report any event that “reasonably suggests a device may have caused or contributed to a death or serious injury.” Madris Tomes, a former FDA consultant, conducted an analysis showing that 4,000 patient deaths were … Continue reading

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Multi-vehicle Crash on Long Island Expressway Leaves 6 Dead, 5 Injured

Multi-vehicle Crash on Long Island Expressway Kills 6

A deadly crash over the weekend leaves six people dead and another five injured on Long Island. Authorities say a speeding SUV caused the crash when it came up fast on a work zone on the Long Island Expressway. The … Continue reading

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11-Year-Old Girl Goes Nearly Bald After Using Wen Hair Product

11-Year-Old Girl Goes Bald After Using Wen Hair Product

An 11-year-old girl suffered hair loss and went nearly bald after using Wen cleansing conditioner, but she isn’t the only one. More than 21,000 complaints have been filed over celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean’s line of Wen hair products alleging hair … Continue reading

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Bill Proposes to Give FDA More Authority on Cosmetics

Bill Proposes to Give FDA More Authority on Cosmetics

Compared to drugs and medical devices, there are few regulations in place to assure the safety of a cosmetic product. A new bill, introduced by senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), seeks change. The proposed legislation would require … Continue reading

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J&J Used Deceptive Marketing for Transvaginal Mesh, Kentucky AG Alleges in Civil Suit

J&J Used Deceptive Marketing for Transvaginal Mesh

Johnson & Johnson and its medical unit Ethicon are once again facing allegations of deceptive marketing over its transvaginal mesh. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court under the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act, alleging the … Continue reading

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FDA Places Laxachem Organics on Important Alert, Prohibits Products from Entering US

FDA Prohibits Laxachem Organics Products from Entering US

Laxachem Organics of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India has been placed on “important alert” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), legally stopping all of the company’s pharmaceutical products from entering the United States. According to an update posted on the … Continue reading

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Medtronic Issues Warning for Heart Valve Delivery System

Medtronic Issues Warning for Heart Valve Delivery System

Medtronic PLC has issued a warning regarding its minimally invasive EnVeo R delivery system, which is used to implant the Evolut R aortic valve in the heart. The company is urging doctors to take extra precautions when inserting the device, … Continue reading

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