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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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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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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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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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Medtronic Infuse Recipients Receive $8.45 Million in Settlements

Medtronic Infuse Recipients Win $8.45 Million in Settlements

The University of California, Los Angeles has agreed to pay a combined $8.45 million to two patients who received Medtronic’s controversial Infuse bone graft product. These individuals filed lawsuits alleging that the product caused unwanted bone growth. They also claimed … Continue reading

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Medtronic Pays $500 Million Tax Charge To Move $9.8 Billion To United States

Medtronic Pays $500M Tax Charge To Move $9.8B To U.S.

As part of an internal restructuring related to its $49.9 billion merger with Covidien, Medtronic will pay a one-time tax charge of $500 million so that it can bring $9.8 billion in overseas cash to the United States. This move … Continue reading

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European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs in Light of Contamination Issues

European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be reviewing Medtronic’s InductOs following reports of contamination problems at a site that manufacturers one of the product’s components. InductOs is an implantable bone development product used in patients undergoing spinal fusion in the … Continue reading

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Federal Data Shows Medtronic Continues to Pay Doctors in Connection with InFuse Spinal Fusion Device

Federal Data Shows Medtronic Continues to Pay Doctors

Data available through the federal Open Payments database show that device maker Medtronic continues to pay millions of dollars to doctors whose research on the InFuse spinal fusion device has been called into question. Medtronic’s spine division, Medtronic Sofamor Danek, … Continue reading

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Study Reports Decline in Use of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins in Spinal Surgeries

Decline in Use of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins in Surgeries

Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) have been widely used in spinal fusion surgeries since their approval in 2002, a new study published in the journal Spine says BMP use has declined in response to concerns about safety and complications. After BMP … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Involving Medtronic’s InFuse Bone Graft Product Filed in St. Louis

Medtronic’s InFuse Bone Graft Product Filed in St. Louis

A group of law firms has filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court in St. Louis against Medtronic, Inc. on behalf of patients who allege injuries that include catastrophic, unchecked bone growth in the spinal column following surgical procedures with Medtronic’s … Continue reading

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FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert to healthcare providers, patients, and parents and guardians that bone graft devices containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides should not be the first treatment considered for patients under age 18. … Continue reading

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Medtronic Denied Preemption in Another Device Injury Lawsuit

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An Indiana appeals court just ruled that Medtronic cannot use so-called “preemption” to get out of a negligence lawsuit filed over a failed Transvene defibrillator lead. Preemption is legal concept that a number of medical device makers have used in … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Against Medtronic for Promoting Off-Label Use of Infuse

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A lawsuit filed this week alleges that Medtronic Inc. deliberately promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone graft product. The complaint includes the names of 98 plaintiffs who allege that the off-label use of Medtronic caused them to incur … Continue reading

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Medtronic Issued Warning Letter Over Its Diabetes Facility

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Device maker, Medtronic Inc., was just issued a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning its Northridge, California diabetes facility. The letter was received on September 19 and discussed procedures involving “corrective and preventative action, complaint … Continue reading

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