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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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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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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Stanford University Study: Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Device Increases Cancer Risks

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A new Stanford University study has found that use of Medtronic’s Infuse increases new cancer risks. According to a Stanford University study published in the September 4, 2013, edition of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, a large dose—at … Continue reading

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Medtronic Bid to Dismiss InFuse Case Denied

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Medtronic Inc.’s bid for preemption was just denied by a federal judge. The case involved the device maker’s highly controversial InFuse bone graft product. The Arizona judge rejected Medtronic’s arguments that federal law preempted a lawsuit brought over claims that … Continue reading

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Judge Blocks Medtronic InFuse Suits, Plaintiffs to Re-File Cases Alleging Fraud

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Although a lower court Illinois state court judge very recently denied device maker, Medtronic Inc.’s, bid to dismiss a lawsuit brought over its InFuse bone graft product, a Minneapolis judge did grant Medtronic’s motion to dismiss the InFuse claims there. … Continue reading

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Industry Promises Increased Transparency, Medtronic InFuse Debacle Cited

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Some of the world’s largest drug makers have promised to release detailed information about their pharmaceutical products, such as Medtronic’s InFuse, to external researchers. While many are happy with the move, others point out that this might be a way … Continue reading

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Medtronic’s Motion to Dismiss InFuse Lawsuit Denied

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An Illinois state court judge just denied device maker, Medtronic Inc.’s, bid to dismiss a lawsuit brought over its InFuse bone graft product. The lawsuit included allegations that InFuse caused a patient to undergo additional surgery that led to permanent … Continue reading

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Pending Sunshine Act to Focus on Allegedly Fraudulent Financial Ties Between Physicians and Industry

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On August 1, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act provision of the Affordable Care Act will go into effect. The Act is meant to highlight allegedly bogus relationships between physicians and pharmaceutical firms and medical device manufacturers. As we’ve long stressed, … Continue reading

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Increased Transparency in Medicine Coming

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When approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration in 2002, Medtronic’s bone graft product, InFuse, was seen as a medical breakthrough. InFuse eliminated the need to remove patient bone from the hip in spinal fusions and could, instead, use … Continue reading

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Injured InFuse Users Working Toward Their Day in Court

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Hundreds of people allegedly injured following procedures involving Medtronic’s InFuse are utilizing a different legal approach. The arguments planned include that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in 2008 to physicians concerning “life-threatening complications” from unapproved … Continue reading

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Do Consumers Know the Risks of Medtronic InFuse? Are Consumers Aware of Safer Options?

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Medtronic’s bone graft product, InFuse, is a synthetic, or genetically engineered, recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP-2) that was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for specific uses. Meant to stimulate spine growth in patients … Continue reading

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Medtronic Shareholders File Lawsuit Amid InFuse® Scandal

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  Device maker, Medtronic, is the focus of another shareholder lawsuit over its InFuse® bone growth product. Shareholders filed the lawsuit against Medtronic and some of its shareholders accusing them of intentionally minimizing potential dangers associated with InFuse® so that … Continue reading

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