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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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 U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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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 Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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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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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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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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Chrysler Recalls 350,000 Older Cars to Fix Ignition Switches

defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall. The switches can slip out of the “on” position, a problem similar to the one that forced General Motors to recall millions of vehicles this year. Chrysler’s recall includes Jeep … Continue reading

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Nineteen Deaths Linked to GM Ignition Switch Defect

Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney overseeing the General Motors compensation fund, has so far linked 19 deaths to a serious flaw with the ignition switches, a higher number than the 13 deaths GM had acknowledged in crashes resulting from the switch … Continue reading

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Another 8.2 Million Vehicles Recalled by GM

The ongoing General Motors safety debacle continues with another announced recall that adds 8.2 million vehicles to the massive and growing array of cars that have been recalled over faulty ignition switches. This newest recall, for the most part, involves … Continue reading

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GM Fund for Families of Victims of Defective Switch Will Not Be Capped

The families of people who died in crashes associated with a defective ignition switch in General Motors (GM) cars are entitled to at least $1 million each. The $1 million is in place as a starting point for every death … Continue reading

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General Motors CEO Said More Recalls Possible

On Thursday, General Motors chief executive Mary Barra said her company may recall more cars as GM deals with a series of safety problems that have resulted in the recall of 20 million cars, including small cars with defective ignition … Continue reading

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NHTSA Adds Chrysler Vehicles to Ignition and Air Bag Investigations

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun two investigations into Chrysler minivans and SUVs in the widening inquiry into air bag and ignition switch problems. NHTSA is gathering information from automakers and parts suppliers in the wake of … Continue reading

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Limit Secret Settlements in Product Liability Cases

In an effort to discourage secret settlements of the sort General Motors reportedly entered into in cases involving defective ignition switches, two senators have introduced the Sunshine in Litigation Act. In their statement about the bill, Senators Richard Blumenthal  (D-Conn.) … Continue reading

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GM Car Owners File Class Action Over Defective Ignition Switches

A federal class action alleges that General Motors Corp. fraudulently concealed a defect in the ignition switches of 2.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles, and that the defect is linked to at least 13 deaths. The complaint, Ruff v. … Continue reading

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Internal Review Prompts GM Recall of 1.3 Million Cars for Power Steering Problem

In the latest in a string of recalls that began in February, on Monday General Motors Co.  announced the recall of 1.3 million vehicles at risk for losing power steering because of a defect unrelated to the massive ignition switch … Continue reading

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Memo Reveals Federal Regulators Knew About GM Ignition Switch Flaw But Did Not Act

On Sunday, a House subcommittee released a memo that reveals the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided not to open an inquiry into the ignition switch problem in a number of General Motors cars although their 2007 investigation showed … Continue reading

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