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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Medtronic Seeks Reconsideration of Infuse Ruling

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Device maker, Medtronic, just asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling in a lawsuit involving its bone growth protein product, Infuse. Medtronic asked Judge G. Murray Snow, U.S. District Court for Arizona, to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds … Continue reading

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Medtronic’s InFuse Sales Soft for Second Quarter Over Safety Issues

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Revenues for the bone graft product, InFuse, were down for the second quarter, due to ongoing safety issues. Medtronic’s InFuse, has long been steeped in controversy, including a Senate probe, a warning issued by a federal regulator, accusations that Medtronic … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Spine Surgeon Facing Fraud Charges Over InFuse

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A Cincinnati spine surgeon has been charged with millions of dollars in fraudulent billing for unnecessary operations using Medtronic’s bone-growth product Infuse. Dr. Abubakar Atiq Durrani, who has a private practice with offices in Evendale and Florence, Kentucky called Center … 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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