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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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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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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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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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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Levaquin Complaint can be Amended to Include FDA Warning, Court Says

In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the risks of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro. The agency said that, given the risk of potentially permanent side effects, these medications should only be … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Abilify Label to Include Compulsive Behaviors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the warning label on Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada and generic aripiprazole to include information about compulsive behavior. According to the safety announcement, there have been reports of uncontrollable urges to gamble, … Continue reading

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FDA Revises Warning Label on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved labeling changes on fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets, moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin and gemifloxacin (Factive). In a news release issued Tuesday, the agency said the Boxed … Continue reading

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New Judge to Preside over NJ Mirena IUD Litigation

The Mirena IUD multicounty litigation in Bergen County, New Jersey will be taken over by Judge Rachelle Harz, court documents indicate. Up until now, Judge Brian Martinotti has been presiding. Judge Harz will take over for Martinotti as he assumes … Continue reading

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Cook Medical IVC Filter Trial Expected September 2016

Cook Medical is facing a number of lawsuits over its inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. The devices are implanted in the inferior vena cava, a major vein, to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs. These small cage-like … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Warning Label on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating the drug labels on all fluoroquinolone antibiotics, warning that its use should be restricted to certain uncomplicated infections. According to the safety alert, the agency says the risks of the drugs … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed over Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Blanket

Another lawsuit alleges the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming blanket caused a MRSA infection during a knee replacement surgery. The case joins hundreds of others filed against 3M Health Care. The suits are generally filed by patients who allege that … Continue reading

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New Actos Bladder Cancer Cases Filed

Litigation over Actos’ (pioglitazone) alleged bladder cancer risks continues to build. According to the Louisiana Record, a recent lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man who took the type 2 diabetes drug from 2004 to 2010. He was subsequently … Continue reading

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Xarelto Litigation Grows

Xarelto lawsuits continue to build against Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, with thousands of cases pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) centralized to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and over 600 in a mass tort program … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Xarelto Caused Fatal Internal Bleeding

A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleges Xarelto is to blame for a fatal case of internal bleeding. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and Bayer Pharmaceuticals have been named … Continue reading

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