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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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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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