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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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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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UK Inquiry Finds PIP Breast Implants Six Times More Likely to Rupture

A U.K. inquiry finds that controversial PIP breast implants are six times likelier to rupture. At least 3,000 alleged victims have filed complaints about the implants; some 300,000 PIP implants have been sold worldwide. The inquiry also found that, while … Continue reading

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Former Owner Of French Breast Implant Company Arrested

The former owner of a now-defunct French breast implant company has been arrested amid a worldwide cancer scare scandal involving tens of thousands of women who received defective silicone breast implants. We recently wrote that Jean-Claude Mas, the 72-year-old founder … Continue reading

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U.S. Women Warned On Faulty French Breast Implants

U.S. women are being warned about faulty French-manufactured breast implants. The now-defunct French company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), manufactured the defective silicone implants. Dr. Phillip Craft, with the Miami Institute, told CBS Local that breast implants approved in the United … Continue reading

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More Countries Issue Advisories for Defective French Breast Implants

Health authorities in two more countries are calling for the removal of defective silicone breast implants made by the now-defunct French company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). According to various media reports, regulators in the Netherlands have advised women to have … Continue reading

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British Doctor Calls for Removal of PIP Silicone Breast Implants, Cites Rupture Risks

A prominent British surgeon says women who received defective silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) of France should have them removed because of the risk that they could rupture. According to the BBC, Tim Goodacre says the … Continue reading

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U.K. Considers Registry In Wake Of French Breast Implant Scandal

In the wake of a French breast implant scandal, health ministers and other officials in the United Kingdom are considering a registry of patients who have received faulty implants and other types of cosmetic procedures. As we’ve explained, Poly Implant … Continue reading

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French Breast Implant Company Founder a Wanted Man

The founder of a French medical device firm that made defective breast implants now at the center of a worldwide cancer scare is being sought by Interpol on an unrelated drunk driving charge. Jean-Claude Mas, the 72-year-old founder of Poly … Continue reading

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France Calls for Mass Removal of PIP Silicone Breast Implants

Health officials in France have officially recommended that some 30,000 women with defective silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothese SA (PIP) have them removed. According to a Reuters report, the French health ministry said new breast implants would … Continue reading

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France to Pay for PIP Silicone Breast Implant Removal, As Cancer Fears Go Global

French health officials said Wednesday that the government would cover the cost of removing faulty silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) for some of the thousands of women there who have received them. Meanwhile, fears that PIP … Continue reading

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France May Call for Removal of Faulty Breast Implants in Response to Cancer Fears

France may soon warn women with a certain type of silicone breast implant to have them removed because of fears they might rupture or cause cancer. Such a warning would affect some 30,000 women there who have received the pre-filled … Continue reading

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