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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Medtronic Agrees to $9.9 Million Settlement in Physician Kickback Case

The Justice Department announced yesterday that Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $9.9 million to resolve allegations that the company made illegal payments to physicians to induce them to implant Medtronic pacemakers and defibrillators. Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Subpoenaed Over Implanted Cardiac Defibrillators

Boston Scientific Corp. received a subpoena this week from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeking information about the performance of some of its implanted cardiac defibrillators. The May 5 subpoena came from HHS’s Office of the Inspector … 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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Younger People Opting for Joint Implants, Despite Long-Term Potential for Problems

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Medical devices long only considered for use in the elderly are being embraced by younger generations; however, some are concerned about device safety and oversight and the long-term potential for problems with these products. In fact, many key players in … Continue reading

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FDA Calls for Cybersecurity Safeguards for Medical Devices

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on Thursday recommending that medical device manufacturers and health care facilities take steps to secure implantable medical devices and hospital equipment against cyberattacks, which could threaten patient lives and … Continue reading

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Infuse® Maker, Medtronic, Cutting Staff

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Device maker, Medtronic Inc., just announced another scheduled staff cut. We recently wrote that Medtronic was laying off about 4 percent of its spinal business workforce worldwide, which amounted to about 230 of it spinal division’s 5,600 employees, This is … Continue reading

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Lawsuit filed against Medtronic for those injured by Entrust pacemaker, Sprint Fidelis leads

Three people who’ve been seriously injured as a result of defective cardiac defibrillators and their component parts manufactured by medical device maker Medtronic Inc. have sued the company for hiding data on the risks they posed to patients, and their … Continue reading

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Riata Heart Lead Study Confirms Failure Risk

A new study that confirms the high rate of an erosion problem that led to the recall of St. Jude’s Riata heart defibrillator leads has found that such failures are most likely to occur with wires that have large diameters.  … Continue reading

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Canadians Sue Over Faulty Medtronic Defibrillator Leads

Canadians are suing Medtronic over faulty Sprint Fidelis defribllator leads. The faulty leads were globally recalled by Medtronic in 2007. Lead wires are placed into a major vein and attached to interior heart muscle for the purpose of monitoring heart … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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