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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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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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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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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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Bisphosphonates Associated with Increased Risk of Atypical Hip Fractures, Researcher Says

The use of bisphosphonates, drugs prescribed to prevent hip fractures in women with osteoporosis, is associated with an increased risk of atypical fractures in this joint. The research is contained in a PhD thesis by Javier Gorricho-Mendívil, at the NUP/UPNA-Public … Continue reading

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Study: Bisphosphonates Use Raises Risks for Atrial Fibrillation

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New research has found that bisphosphonate use was tied to a significant increased risk of both atrial fibrillation (AF) and serious AF. Bisphosphonates include Fosamax (alendronate sodium), Reclast and Zometa (zoledronic acid), Boniva (ibandronate sodium), Didronel (etidronate disodium), Actonel (risedronate … Continue reading

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Woman Alleges Bisphosphonates Led to “Dead Jaw”

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We’ve long been following risks associated with bisphosphonate (BP) drugs like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, which are approved to treat bone-weakening diseases like osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. Cancer patients also often undergo therapy with Aredia, Zometa, and other bisphosphonate drugs … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonates Increase Bone Disease Risks Following Tooth Extraction

We’ve been following risks associated with bisphosphonate (BP) drugs. As we’ve explained, some bisphosphonates, like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, are approved to treat bone-weakening diseases like osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. Cancer patients often undergo therapy with Aredia, Zometa, and other … Continue reading

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Woman who suffered jawbone loss due to Fosamax reaches damages settlement with Merck

A woman who claims her taking Fosamax in the prevention of bone loss caused by osteoporosis resulted in her developing decay of her jaw bone has reached a confidential settlement with the makers of the drug. Merck & Co. has … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate drugs Fosamax, Boniva not right for women in “pre-menopause”

Women suffering from osteopenia, often referred to as pre-menopause, should avoid taking bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax to prevent bone loss in most circumstances. Consumer Reports magazine’s team of medical experts issued this advisory when questioned about the use of these … Continue reading

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Study Finds Dental Work Triggers Bisphosphonate-Induced ONJ in Blood Cancer Patients

Dental extractions appear to be a major trigger for Ostenecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) in people receiving bisphosphonates to treat multiple myeloma or Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, says a new study out of Italy.  According to the authors of the report, which … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Woman’s Lawsuit Claims Fosamax Caused Painful Femur Fracture

Yet another woman who used Fosamax has filed a lawsuit claiming the bisphosphonate drug caused her to suffer a painful femur fracture.  This new lawsuit was filed on June 22nd in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County Law … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Woman Suffered Femur Fracture Due to Fosamax

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who took Fosamax (alendronate) and subsequently suffered a femur fracture; the lawsuit alleges that Merck’s osteoporosis drug caused the fracture. The Fosamax lawsuit was filed … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that … Continue reading

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