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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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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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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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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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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 Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Study: Epilepsy Drug, Valproate, Linked to Increased Autism Risks

Use of anticonvulsant drug valproate by expectant mothers has been linked to an increased autism risk in their babies, a new study reveals. Valproate is used in the treatment of epilepsy, said the Global Times; however, its use by pregnant … Continue reading

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Abbot Hit With Massive Off-Label Fines

Abbott Laboratories was just hit with a massive fine for off-label practices, the second-largest such criminal fine for a single medication. A federal district judge in Virginia ordered Abbott Laboratories to pay a $500 million criminal fine and a forfeiture … Continue reading

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Lawsuits Claim Abbott Illegally Marketed Depakote

A total of 26 women have recently filed lawsuits claiming the makers of the anti-seizure drug Depakote illegally marketed the drug for off-label purposes and failed to warn of the side effects of the drug. Each of the women, according … Continue reading

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Abbott Pleads Guilty In Depakote Marketing Case, Agrees to Pay $1.5 Billion to Resolve Justice Department Charges

It was announced yesterday that Abbott Laboratories has pleaded guilty in a Depakote marketing case. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Abbott promoted the drug for nonapproved uses. Depakote (divalproex sodium) is an anti-seizure medication approved to treat epilepsy, … Continue reading

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Depakote Legal Troubles Not Over for Abbott

Depakote continues to pose more legal challenges for Abbott Laboratories (ABT). Among other issues, the company has allegedly violated consumer protection laws in relation to Depakote’s sale and marketing. After allegations of off-market labeling and U.S. Justice Department investigation last … Continue reading

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Depakote During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder

A new study has found more evidence that Depakote may be dangerous to a developing fetus. The study, conducted by Danish researchers, concluded that children who are exposed to valproate, the active ingredient in Depakote, face nearly three times the … Continue reading

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Pending Depakote Settlement Sparks Abbott Shareholder Lawsuit

Shareholders of Abbott Laboratories have filed a lawsuit stemming from the drug maker’s pending settlement with the federal government over charges it illegally marketed the anti-seizure medication, Depakote (valproic acid), for off-label uses. The lawsuit, which was filed in Illinois … Continue reading

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Depakote in Pregnancy May Cause Cognitive Impairment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public that children born to women who take the anti-seizure medication < "">Depakote (valproate sodium) or related products (valproic acid and divalproex sodium), when pregnant, may give birth to babies … Continue reading

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Fetal Exposure to Depakote, Similar Epilepsy Drugs May Impair Cognitive Development

Valproate medications, including < "">Depakote, Depakon, Depakene and Stavzor, may negatively impact a child’s IQ if they are taken during pregnancy. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that it will be revising the labels of all valproate … Continue reading

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Epilepsy Drugs May Up Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Recently, we’ve done quite a bit of reporting on the link between epilepsy drugs like < "">Depakote and birth defects. Now a new study finds that such drugs might also increase the risk that pregnant women who take them will … Continue reading

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