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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Embolism Risk with da Vinci Xi in Heart Procedures

A warning at the end of May 2016 was issued by Intuitive Surgical concerning a risk that small particles could be introduced inside the heart during intra-cardiac procedures using its da Vinci Xi device. The da Vinci Xi received U.S. … Continue reading

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Unfavorable Study Result Tied to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Robot System

A new study has revealed that, based on insurance claim information, bladder cancer patients may not benefit from robotic surgery for their bladder removal procedures. In fact, according to Fierce Medical Device, patients experienced similar complication rates and hospital stay … Continue reading

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Medtronic InFuse Lawsuit Remanded to the Circuit Court, Will Proceed to Trial

A recent motion to remand was granted in a Medtronic InFuse case. The case will be returned back to its Circuit Court to continue with trial. InFuse is a genetically engineered, synthetic, recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP-2). The product … Continue reading

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Thousands of da Vinci Lawsuits Pending, Intuitive Surgical Sales Dropping

Intuitive Surgical, which manufactures and markets the da Vinci surgical robot, just released information concerning quarterly sales, which have declined by almost half, and that the drop is related, in part, to thousands of lawsuits brought over alleged da Vinci … Continue reading

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da Vinci Robot Ad Draws Controversy for Use of Hospital Name, Doctors

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A recent print ad for the da Vinci surgical robot system, which is manufactured and marketed by Intuitive Surgical, has created significant controversy and opened questions about a possible conflict of interest. The University of Illinois allowed its name and … Continue reading

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Study Finds Adverse Events Tied to da Vinci Robot Surgery Are Unreported

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A recent report reveals that adverse reactions associated with da Vinci surgical robot procedures may be greater than believed. The under-reporting of actual patient injuries may be presenting a different picture of the surgical technology to prospective surgical patients. The … Continue reading

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Two Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Robot Recalls Receive FDA Class Designations

Two recent actions involving more than 110,000 components of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci surgical robot system have been deemed Class II recalls by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s Class II designation involves situations in which “use … Continue reading

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Intuitive Warning: da Vinci Robot Surgical Arms Cause Friction, Stall

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In its second warning this month, Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacturer of the da Vinci robot surgery system, advised physicians that friction in the arms of some devices might cause unit stalls. The Urgent Medical Device Recall notice was issued … Continue reading

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Controversy Over Robotic Surgery Injuries, Deaths Continues

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Mounting reports of adverse events during robotic surgeries have led to increased government scrutiny and a cautionary statement issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Robotic surgery is not the only or the best minimally invasive approach to … Continue reading

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da Vinci Controversy Spreads to Great Britain

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The controversy surrounding risks tied to robotic surgery systems, specifically with the da Vinci robot, are being seen in the United Kingdom. The da Vinci was cleared for use in 2000 in the United States by the U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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