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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy


The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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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


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


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


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


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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