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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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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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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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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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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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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Botched Sterilization Procedure Leads to “Wrongful Pregnancy” Suit

After her doctor botched a tubal ligation sterilization procedure, an Illinois woman has sued for “wrongful pregnancy.” She gave birth to a daughter with sickle cell disease. Cynthia Williams did not believe she could become pregnant because she had lost … Continue reading

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Wrongful-death Claim Filed by Family of Patient Found Dead in Hospital Stairwell

The family of a hospital patient found dead in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her room has filed a wrongful death claim against the city of San Francisco, which owns and operates the medical facility. A wrongful … Continue reading

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Jury Awards Michigan Woman $1.3 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

On February 18, Kathy Pagan, 43, of Jackson, Michigan, was awarded $1.3 million in a medical malpractice case arising from complications from her 2009 “tummy tuck” surgery. The jury found that Dr. Rouchdi Rifai, by failing to meet a standard … Continue reading

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North Carolina Hospital Reports 18 Patients May Have Been Exposed to Rare, Fatal Brain Disease

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Eighteen people who recently underwent surgery at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, may have been exposed to a fatal, incurable degenerative brain disease because surgical instruments used in their operations were insufficiently sterilized. A statement from … Continue reading

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Physician Apologies Not Enough When Injuries, Losses, Occur

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A new movement involving physician apologies is being seen in which apologies are issued following errors involving medical treatment. Some tout this as a way to increase transparency; however, others wonder if the apologies are meant to discourage medical malpractice … Continue reading

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Kentucky Pediatric Heart Surgery Program to Resume Despite Lack of Answers in Infant Deaths

Kentucky Children’s Hospital has announced the reopening of its pediatric heart surgery program, after an internal investigation following the deaths of five infants following heart surgeries. The hospital stopped the program and placed its pediatric surgeon on leave in 2012. … Continue reading

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Infant Died After Skull Crushed by Forceps, Family Says

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The parents of a baby who died after allegedly suffering skull fractures during a forceps delivery late last month say the use of forceps should be banned. The parents of Olivia Marie Coats plan to sue obstetrician, Dr. George T. … Continue reading

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Data Reveals Nursing Home Abuse Underreported and Expected to Increase

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The 2010 United States Census revealed that about 40.3 million Americans—which accounts for about 13 percent of the population—is over 65 years of age. The group is expected to continue to grow and will likely comprise about 20 percent of … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Accuses “Candy Man” Physician of Facilitating Drug Addiction and Overdoses

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A California woman’s medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Julio Gabriel Diaz – called “the candy man” – claims his over-prescribing of  powerful pain medications got her addicted to drugs. The doctor is accused of causing 11 overdose deaths. Courtney Canter’s … Continue reading

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Woman Alleges Her Gynecologist Sprayed Her Genitals With Drain Cleaner

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An Ohio woman alleges an array of gynecological injuries are the result of a routine colposcopy gone horrifically awry. The woman, known as Laura, alleges that she now experiences irregular bleeding and is unable to have sex or swim after … Continue reading

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