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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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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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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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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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