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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Avastin Tied to High Blood Pressure, Gastrointestinal Bleeding Risks

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The cancer medication, Avastin (bevacizumab), has been tied to increased episodes of hypertension (high blood pressure) and gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a recently published article. The article appears online in the August 27, 2013 issue of the journal Clinical Drug … Continue reading

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U.K. Citizen Sentenced in U.S. for Distributing Fake Avastin

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A British citizen was just sentenced by United States authorities to prison time and a substantial fine over distributing bogus prescription drugs. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Missouri said that Richard J. Taylor of Warwickshire, England … Continue reading

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Study: Avastin Offers No Advantage in Treatment of Brain Cancer

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Cancer drug, Avastin (bevacizumab), did not extend survival in patients with deadly brain masses, according to an emerging study. The Roche Holding AG medication offered no advantage as a first-line therapy against glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, according to … Continue reading

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Cancer Drug, Avastin, Recalled Over Life-Threatening Infections

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Hoffmann-La Roche Limited has recalled Avastin (bevacizumab) following cases of necrotizing fasciitis, some fatal, reported in patients receiving the chemotherapy drug in both clinical trials and in the post-marketing setting. Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare, life-threatening infection of the soft … Continue reading

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Cancer Drug, Avastin, Used Off-Label for Macular Degeneration, Recalled for Serious Eye Infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that Clinical Specialties recalled 79 lots of Avastin (bevacizumab) unit dose syringes, over the potential for serious eye infection. The recalled Avastin has, or could potentially, lead to an infection in … Continue reading

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FDA warns of counterfeit Avastin distributed by New York company

Federal health officials have issued another warning about counterfeits of the cancer drug Avastin that have been distributed in the U.S. This is the third warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration in the last year about the presence … Continue reading

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FDA Finds More Counterfeit Cancer Drugs

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has found more counterfeit cancer drugs, it said. A prior international counterfeit Avastin investigation spanned from California, to Turkey, to Egypt. This new scam also involves a batch of counterfeit Avastin—a cancer medication … Continue reading

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Counterfeit Avastin Highlights Weak Drug Protections

The recent counterfeit Avastin debacle highlights the issue with weak drug protections. The international investigation spanned from California, to Turkey, to Egypt. Avastin is a cancer medication manufactured by Roche. Many are concerned that as drug counterfeiters fine-tune their practices, … Continue reading

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Egypt May Have Been Source For Counterfeit Avastin

Egypt may have been the source for counterfeit Avastin recently discovered at U.S. health care facilities and prompting the maker of the cancer drug to warn doctors and patients about the bogus medicines. Now, authorities are trying to determine if … Continue reading

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Counterfeit Avastin Discovered At U.S. Health Facilities

Counterfeit Avastin was just discovered at U.S. health care facilities, prompting the maker of the cancer drug to warn doctors and patients about the bogus medications. According to Roche’s Genentech, the fake Avastin does not contain the key ingredient in … Continue reading

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