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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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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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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Depakote Anti-Epilepsy Medication Linked to Birth Defects

Depakote Anti-Epilepsy Medication Linked to Birth Defects

The family of a 12-year-old child has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the young girl who underwent an extremely difficult operation, along with her mother, while she was still in the womb. The highly complicated open fetal surgery took … Continue reading

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$15 Million in Damages Awarded to Child for Birth Defects Linked to Depakote

$15M Awarded to Child for Defects Linked to Depakote

This week a St. Louis jury found that a Minnesota girl’s birth defects were caused by the epilepsy medication Depakote her mother took during pregnancy and the jury awarded the child $15 million in damages. The jury returned the unanimous … Continue reading

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Britain’s drug regulatory agency, has issued a statement urging healthcare professionals to give women better information on the risk of birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy. … Continue reading

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Epilepsy Medications Tied to Additional Fetal Risks

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An emerging study has found that anti-epileptic drugs—AEDs—contain additional risks to developing fetuses to those on current drug product labeling. AEDs include the brands Tegretol, Carbatrol, Equetro, Epitol, Lomotrigine, and Depakote. The active ingredient in Depakote is valproate. The Danish … Continue reading

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Study: Reducing Valproate Dose Could Help Minimize Some, Not All, Birth Defects

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Valproate-containing epilepsy drugs have long been linked to serious adverse health effects, including risks of babies being born with birth defects. Depakote is a valproate-containing medication. For instance, while use of epilepsy medications during pregnancy has been associated with congenital … Continue reading

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Abbott Labs Accused of Racketeering in Depakote Marketing

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A federal court complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago alleges that Abbott Laboratories engaged in racketeering when it marketed the epilepsy drug Depakote (divalproex) for unapproved uses. The plaintiffs—the Sidney Hillman Health Center of Rochester, New York; the … Continue reading

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Judge Rules Abbott Can be Sued for Off-label Depakote Sales

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U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall recently upheld a shareholder derivative complaint against Abbott Laboratories for its off-label marketing of the drug Depakote. Physicians are allowed to prescribe drugs for off-label uses, but drug companies are not permitted to market drugs … Continue reading

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FDA: Migraine Medication, Depakote, May Lower IQ Scores in Children

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United States regulators are warning pregnant women who also suffer from migraine headaches that Depakote may lower a child’s IQ score by eight to 11 points. Depakote is being changed from a Category D to a Category X drug classification. … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Pregnant Women: Do Not Take Valproate Containing Migraine Prevention Drugs During Pregnancy

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to pregnant women against using valproate sodium products, prescribed for migraine prevention, over risks to their unborn babies. Valproate products include Depacon (valproate sodium); Depakote, Depakote CP, and Depakote … Continue reading

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FDA: Seizure Drug, Potiga, Associated with Vision Loss, Blue Skin

Anti-seizure medication, Potiga, co-marketed by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, may lead to optical and skin problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said. Potiga, which was developed by Valeant, may cause skin to turn blue around the … Continue reading

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