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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Riata Lawsuits Challenge Liability Protection for Device Makers

Lawsuits are being filed against St Jude Medical Inc., the device maker that manufactures the controversial Riata defibrillator leads. The cardiac devices have been associated with numerous reports of deaths and injuries. The Riata was removed from the market in … Continue reading

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St. Jude Medical Strongly Warned by Federal Regulators Over Durata Lead

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration just issued another, stronger warning to St. Jude Medical about its Durata electrical heart lead. The warning letter discussed either imposing a fine or other, serious, actions against the medical provider for not responding … Continue reading

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Report Raises Concerns Over St. Jude Heart Device

A just-released federal inspection report on Sylmar, California’s  St. Jude Medical facility is raising concerns. The report, released by the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA), revealed serious flaws in St. Jude’s testing and its oversight of what The New … Continue reading

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St. Jude likely to receive FDA warning letter following inspection of California manufacturing facility

St. Jude Medical Inc. believes it is likely to face a regulatory warning letter on the heels of a recent Food and Drug Administration inspection of a California manufacturing facility that makes some of its troublesome cardiac defibrillator leads. According … Continue reading

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St. Jude Riata Lead Defects Have One Family Living in Fear

The mother of a little girl who has already been through one painful ordeal because of a defective defibrillator lead wire now lives in fear that the St. Jude Riata defibrillator lead her daughter received as a replacement could go … Continue reading

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St. Jude Riata Lead Patients Face Rising Medical Bills

Patients who have been implanted with St. Jude Medical’s now-recalled Riata defibrillator leads will likely face some hefty medical bills.  According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, doctors are increasingly removing St. Jude Riata leads, a procedure that … Continue reading

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New Study of St. Jude Durata Defibrillator Lead Wires Raises Red Flags

A new study conducted by a prominent cardiologist is raising concerns about St. Jude Medical’s line of Durata defibrillator lead wires.  According to Dr. Robert Hauser, a new type of coating  that is used on the Durata lead may not … Continue reading

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Heart Device Patients with St. Jude Riata Leads Need X-Rays to Check Insulation, FDA Warns

Federal health regulators are warning that patients with implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices that are connected to their hearts via St. Jude Medical’s Riata or Riata ST lead wires need to undergo x-rays or other … Continue reading

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St. Jude Says Analysis Shows Durata Lead Failure Not Related to Riata Flaws

St. Jude Medical has acknowledged that one of its Durata defibrillator lead wires suffered from “externalized abrasion,” but denies that the model suffers from the same type of critical flaw that forced it to pull its Riata lead wires from … Continue reading

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Top Doctor Says St. Jude Durata Lead Failure Report is Credible

A top cardiologist is of the opionion that a Durata lead failure report is, in fact, credible. We recently wrote that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received a report of a St. Jude Durata cardiac defibrillator lead wire … Continue reading

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