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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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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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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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