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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Highway Safety Agency Says Fiat Chrysler Under-reported Deaths and Injuries

NHTSA Says Fiat Chrysler Under-reported Deaths & Injuries

Automaker Fiat Chrysler under-reported a “significant” number of deaths, injuries and legal claims that it was obliged to reveal to regulators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The federal regulator announced the under-reporting after Fiat Chrysler said … Continue reading

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CarMax Accused of Selling Cars with Lethal Safety Defects; Senator Seeks Tighter Regulation

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has proposed new legislation to regulate the sale of used cars with unrepaired recalls with what he says can be lethal safety defects. Blumenthal, the senior senator from Connecticut, is concerned about cars sold by CarMax. … Continue reading

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Chrysler Agrees to Record Fines and Penalties and Must Buy Back Defective Vehicles

Chrysler Agrees to Record Fines & Penalties

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could pay up to $105 million in fines and penalties and must buy back defective vehicles in an agreement with the federal government that will also require an independent monitor to oversee future vehicle recalls. The automaker … Continue reading

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Takata Air Bag Recall Expands to Nearly 34 Million Vehicles

Takata Corp., under pressure from safety regulators, has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, doubling the number of cars and trucks affected and making this the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The problem is that the chemical that … Continue reading

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$11 Million Verdict Against Toyota in Fatal Crash

$11 Million Verdict Against Toyota in Fatal Crash

A federal jury in Minnesota returned a judgment of nearly $11 million against Toyota Motor Corp. in a case involving an accidentthat killed three people and seriously injured two others. The jury ruled that a sudden acceleration defect in a … Continue reading

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General Motors Cannot Keep Ignition Lawsuit Out of California State Court

A New York federal judge has remanded a lawsuit against General Motors over its faulty ignition switches back to California state court.
GM sought to keep the case in federal multidistrict litigation, claiming it was subject to bankruptcy proceedings involving its … Continue reading

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Three Senators Call for Justice Department Criminal Investigation of Takata

U.S. senators Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, and Claire McCaskill have called on the Justice Department to investigate whether air bag maker Takata lied in reports filed with the government about defective air bags responsible for massive car recalls.  The defective … Continue reading

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Two Motor Sports Companies Settle with CPSC over Defective Products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a record $4.3 million settlement with two companies accused of not immediately informing the agency of defects in their minibikes and go-karts that resulted in serious burns for some users. The agency alleged … Continue reading

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Toyota Recalls 1.67 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced the recall of 1.67 million vehicles worldwide over safety defects, including faulty brakes and fuel components. A Toyota representative said the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the defects. The … Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars for Air Bag Flaw

Ford Motor Co. has announced the recall of 850,000 cars because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash. The recalled models include Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ … Continue reading

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