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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Mis-marketing of Drugs Cost Billions, Endangers Health

Mis-marketing of Drugs Cost Billions, Endangers Health

A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) describes the high costs associated with the mis-marketing of prescription drugs, both in dollars and in health consequences. Spending on prescription drugs has consistently been the fastest growing … Continue reading

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Glaxo Agrees to $229 Million Avandia Settlement with Eight States

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In response to lawsuits brought by eight U.S. states, drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle actions over diabetes medication, Avandia (rosiglitazone). The drug maker announced it would pay $229 million and, in … Continue reading

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Drug Maker, Roche, Ceases New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Testing Over Safety Risks

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Drug maker, Roche, just announced it has stopped development of a diabetes drug that is in the same class as the Type 2 diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia. The move, according to The New York Times, could raise safety concerns … Continue reading

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Diabetes Drug Fails to Cut Heart Risks, Clinical Trial Shows

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In a large clinical trial, Onglyza (saxagliptin), a Type 2 diabetes medication, failed to reduce the risk of heart attacks and related disease compared with a placebo. But the drug, co-marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca, did not increase cardiovascular … Continue reading

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FDA Recommends Easing Avandia Restrictions

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A vote at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of United States health advisors ended with a recommendation to ease current market restrictions on Type 2 diabetes drug, Avandia, which is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

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FDA Reconsidering its Stance on Avandia

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In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reopening the matter involving Type 2 diabetes drug, Avandia, which is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. Avandia belongs to a class of diabetes drugs called thiazolidinediones that lower blood sugar by … Continue reading

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Financial ties between researchers, drug companies taint clinical data

Much of the so-called clinical data gathered to approve new prescription drugs or used to back marketing claims a company wishes to make about its products is likely soiled by financial ties between the person who wrote the research and … Continue reading

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New study highlights risk of hip fractures associated with Actos

The findings of a new study should provide even more caution to those taking or considering Actos as a means of lowering their body’s glucose level. According to a study funded in part by the European Association for the Study … Continue reading

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Glaxo to Resolve Avandia, Paxil, Wellbutrin Fraud Charges with Justice Department for Record-Breaking $3 Billion

The U.S. Justice Department has announced another record-breaking settlement with a pharmaceutical company accused of illegally marketing some of its drugs.  According to a statement issued by the Department late yesterday, GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3 billion to settle charges involving … Continue reading

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Mediation Leads To Settlement Of 25,000 Avandia Lawsuits

Multidistrict litigation mediation has led to the settlement of about 25,000 Avandia lawsuits. Avandia was GlaskoSmithKline’s once-blockbuster type 2 diabetes drug. This November, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe appointed a mediator to preside over settlement negotiation for the cases, setting … Continue reading

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