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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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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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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration … Continue reading

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Heart Rhythm Journal Rejects St. Jude Request to Retract Riata Lead Study

The journal Heart Rhythm will not retract a study published last month that linked St. Jude Medical’s Riata and Riata ST defibrillator leads to 22 deaths that were the result of high-voltage failures of the leads. St. Jude, which had … Continue reading

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Medtronic Claims Analysis Confirms Recent Findings on St. Jude Riata Defibrillator Lead Death Rates

Medtronic Inc. is backing findings of a study that raised serious safety concerns about Riata and Riata ST defibrillator leads made by rival, St. Jude Medical Inc. The study, conducted by Dr. Robert Hauser and published in the journal Heart … Continue reading

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St. Jude Claims Study on Alleged Riata Lead Deaths is Biased and Inaccurate

St. Jude Medical wants the Heart Rhythm Journal to retract a study published last month that linked its Riata line of internal defibrillator leads to more 20 deaths. In a statement issued by St. Jude on Friday, the company asserted … Continue reading

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St. Jude to Halt Sales of QuickSite and QuickFlex Defibrillator Leads Over Safety Concerns

St. Jude Medical Inc., a leading medical devices manufacturer, has stopped marketing two of its cardiac defibrillator leads after incidents of them malfunctioning were reported. Business Week reports St. Jude has stopped sales of its QuickSite and QuickFlex wires due … Continue reading

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Study Links St. Jude Riata Defibrillator Lead Defects to 22 Deaths

People implanted with St. Jude’s now-recalled Riata defibrillator lead wires face risks from electrical shorts caused by a number of problems with the wires, according to a new study. The study, which was presented Monday at the American College of … Continue reading

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Weak Device Monitoring Blamed for Tardy St. Jude Riata Lead Recall

Many of the problems caused by St. Jude Medical Riata implanted defibrillator leads could have been prevented if more initiative had been taken to monitor its safety track record in patients. According to a Bloomberg report citing a recent study … Continue reading

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St. Jude Riata Defibrillator Leads Recalled for Serious Injury, Death Risk

An urgent recall has been issued for St. Jude Medical Inc.’s Riata and Riata ST. Silicone Defibrillator Leads. According to a notice posted on its website, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed the St. Jude Riata defibrillator … Continue reading

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St. Jude Settles Defibrillator Kickback Charges

The United States Department of Justice just announced that St. Jude Medical Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, has agreed to pay the United States $16 million to resolve allegations that it used post-market studies and a registry to pay kickbacks … Continue reading

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FDA Targets Defective Defibrillators

A new Food & Drug Administration (FDA) report on < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">external defibrillators finds that the devices malfunction far too often, and that such malfunctions can prove fatal. Yesterday, the agency announced that it has launched an initiative aimed at facilitating … Continue reading

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