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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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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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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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FDA Announces Final Decision to Revoke Avastin Breast Cancer Decision

As expected, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had revoked its approval of Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer. In doing so, the FDA concluded that Avastin was not a safe or effective treatment for breast cancer. “This … Continue reading

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Doctors Reconsider Avastin Eye Injections amid Infection Fears

Several clusters of blinding eye infections have some doctors rethinking the common practice of using < "">Avastin off-label to treat wet, age related macular degeneration. According to a report from The New York Times, some physicians are now worried that … Continue reading

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Avastin Label Updated to Include Ovarian Failure, Other Side Effects

The label for the cancer drug < "">Avastin (bevacizumab) has been updated to include a warning that it may impact a woman’s fertility. According to a notice posted on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) website, the Avastin label … Continue reading

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VA Says No Avastin Eye Injections Pending Infection Probe

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has stopped using the cancer drug < "">Avastin to treat age-related, wet macular degeneration, following reports that this off-label use of Avastin may have caused potentially-blinding eye infections in some patients. According to a … Continue reading

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Medicare Urged to Consider Avastin for Eye Treatments, Despite Infection Risk

< "">Avastin could soon become Medicare’s drug-of-choice for treating wet, age-related macular degeneration, even though it has been associated with serious eye infections when used this way. Moving from Lucentis to Avastin would allow Medicare to save half a billion … Continue reading

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Five More Avastin Eye Infections Reported, This Time in Los Angeles

Five more patients have suffered serious, blinding eye infections following injections of the cancer drug < "">Avantis to treat wet macular degeneration. According to The New York Times, all five of the infections occurred last month in people who received … Continue reading

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Avastin Eye Injections Caused Infections, Blindness

The cancer drug < "">Avastin has caused a cluster of serious eye infections in the Miami, Florida area, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). According to a warning to healthcare professionals issued yesterday, a pharmacy had repacked … Continue reading

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FDA Panel Rejects Avastin for Breast Cancer a Second Time

A panel of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisors has again rejected < "">Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer. In a 6-0 vote, the FDA oncology panel ruled for a second time that Avastin is not clinically beneficial, effective … Continue reading

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Recent Avastin Woes Prompt Breast Cancer Group to Change Its Position

A major advocacy group for breast cancer patients is backing away from promoting the controversial drug, < "">Avastin, for use in new patients. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the new stance by the Susan G. Komen … Continue reading

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Avastin Study Finds Increased Death Risk

Cancer patients treated with < "">Avastin are 50 percent more likely to die than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study. The same study found that when patients are treated with Avastin and certain chemotherapy drugs – … Continue reading

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