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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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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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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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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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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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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Conflicting Studies on Oral Bisphosphonates, Esophageal Cancer Yield Confusion

Federal drug regulators in the U.S. are currently reviewing two conflicting studies examining a possible association between oral bisphosphonates, like Fosamax, and esophageal cancer. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, it’s difficult to discern which of the … Continue reading

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Long-Term Fosamax Use May Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk

Oral bisphosphonates, including Fosamax, may increase risks for esophageal cancer if they are used for longer than 5 years. In September 2010, a study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who had taken the oral bisphosphonates over … Continue reading

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Eye Disorders Another Possible Bisphosphonate Side Effect

Fosamax and other bisphosphonates used by millions of women to prevent osteoporosis may make it more likely that they will suffer anterior uveitis and scleritis, serious inflammatory eye disorders. Uveitis is inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, which … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate Litigation Moving Forward, As FDA Approves Generic Boniva

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved the first generic versions of the bisphosphonate, ibandronate (Boniva). The announcement comes just as litigation involving bisphosphonate side effect lawsuits is heating up in both state and federal courts. Ibandronate … Continue reading

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National Law Firm Files 36 Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuits

Earlier this month, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed 36 Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits in the Fosamax side effects mass tort currently underway in New Jersey Superior Court. All of the lawsuits allege that the long-term use … Continue reading

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Stopping Bisphosphonates May Reduce Femur Fracture Risk

Stopping bisphosphonates, a class of osteoporosis drugs that builds bone, could reduce risks for femur fracture by half, according to growing research. The rare, but serious, thigh bone fracture, known as atypical femur fracture, has been linked to oral bisphosphonates … Continue reading

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Judge Refuses To Overturn Zometa Dead Jaw Verdict

A federal judge has refused to overturn a verdict Zometa dead jaw lawsuit. Previously, a jury agreed that the drug maker neglected to appropriately warn about the risks connected to its bone-strengthening medications, Zometa and Aredia, such as severe jaw … Continue reading

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Fosamax, Other Osteoporosis Drugs Need Stronger Warnings, FDA Advisors Say

A panel of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisors said on Friday that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/fosamax">Fosamax and similar bone drugs need stronger warnings regarding duration of use because of their possible long-term risks. But the panel could not agree if use … Continue reading

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Five Years on Fosamax, Other Bone Drugs May be Adequate, FDA Says

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/fosamax">Fosamax, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/actonel">Actonel, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Boniva">Boniva and other oral bisphosphonates don’t have to be taken beyond five years in order to prevent broken bones from osteoporosis, a new U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) report says. The report was released … Continue reading

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FDA Panel to Discuss Long-Term Use of Fosamax, other Bone Drugs

A U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel is set to examine the safety of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Bisphosphonates">oral bisphosphonates later this week. The FDA advisory panel meeting, set to start of Friday, is being convened because of concerns that long-term … Continue reading

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