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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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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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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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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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