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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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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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Judge Delays Fosamax MDL “Wind-Down”

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To enable plaintiffs and Merck &  Co. Inc. time to work on a potential settlement, a New York federal judge delayed the transfer of hundreds of lawsuits that are part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) brought over alleged jaw injuries … Continue reading

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Merck Cutting Staff Over Research Unit Re-Structure Plans

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Drug giant, Merck, has announced plans to cut 8,500 employees as part of a restructuring meant to increase marketplace competitiveness. Over the next two years, in addition to the massive layoffs, Merck also announced that it would be implementing significant … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Fosamax Lawsuits Being Sent to Trial

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A federal judge just ordered hundreds of cases involved in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) brought against Merck & Co. over alleged Fosamax jaw injuries be sent for trial in courts nationwide. Fosamax is Merck’s osteoporosis medication. Drug and device manufacturers … Continue reading

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Judge Denies Merck’s Request to Force Fosamax Plaintiffs To Verify Injuries

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This week, a New York federal judge denied a request to mandate hundreds of alleged Fosamax victims to substantiate their injuries. Fosamax is manufactured by Merck & Co. U.S. District Judge John Keenan refused the request that would not only … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate Use Linked to Barrett’s Esophagus

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A study published last month in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that oral bisphosphonate use was associated with a 2.33 percent increased risk of Barretts’ esophagus, a condition that increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus, a … Continue reading

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Judge Overrules Merck’s Bid to Boot Expert Testimony from Four Doctors in Fosamax Trial

Merck and Co. was unable to stop doctors from giving expert testimony during the New Jersey-based trial, now under way, regarding osteoporosis drug Fosamax for allegedly causing atypical femur fractures. The federal judge ruled, however, that while the plaintiff’s treating … Continue reading

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Opening Statements Heard in Second Fosamax Femur Fracture Trial

The second Fosamax femur fracture trial is underway and involve allegations that Merck’s Fosamax (alendronate) caused femur fractures in some people. The trial began in New Jersey federal court and opening statements are being heard. The lawsuit is one of … Continue reading

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Fosamax Lawsuit Begins with Opening Remarks

Opening arguments today signaled the start of the second trial charging Merck’s Fosamax with causing femur fractures. In New Jersey federal court the focus was on the case of 58-year-old Bernadette Glynn, who says that the osteoporosis drug is part … Continue reading

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Second Fosamax Femur Injury Trial Underway

Merck & Company, the maker of Fosamax (alendronate), is facing a second of thousands of cases brought by plaintiffs who allege they suffered Fosamax injuries. The first lawsuit recently ended in a mistrial unrelated to the injury allegations. The plaintiff … Continue reading

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