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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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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Halted Fosamax Trial Re-Scheduled

We recently wrote that drug maker, Merck & Company, was scheduled to face its second round of Fosamax (alendronate) lawsuits in New Jersey over allegations that the bone drug causes femur fractures. The trial is scheduled to start next week … Continue reading

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Merck Readying for 2nd Round of New Jersey Fosamax Lawsuits

Drug maker, Merck & Company will be facing its second round of Fosamax (alendronate) lawsuits in New Jersey over allegations that the bone drug causes femur fractures. Jury selections is set to begin next week in the first of some … 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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Settlement Reached in Fosamax Dead Jaw Syndrome Lawsuit

A confidential settlement on damages has been reported in a Fosamax lawsuit brought by the estate of a Florida woman who developed Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ON J or Dead Jaw Syndrome) while taking the bisphosphonate drug.  According to a … Continue reading

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South Carolina Women Files Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuit

Another woman just filed a lawsuit against the maker of Fosamax (alendronate) over a femur fracture she suffered while on the osteoporosis medication. The South Carolina woman is being represented by the national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP. This new … Continue reading

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Maryland Woman Claims Fosamax Caused Fractures in Both Thighs

Yet another woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that Merck’s Fosamax (alendronate)  caused fractures to her legs. In the Maryland woman’s case, she suffered double thigh fractures. According to the lawsuit, Fosamax and other bisphosphonates can increase risks for atypical … Continue reading

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Indiana Woman Files Fosamax Lawsuit Following Pair of Femur Fractures

An Indiana woman claims taking the bisphosphonate drug Fosamax caused her to suffer fractures to her left and right femur bones. She has become the latest to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug, alleging they failed to … Continue reading

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Mississippi Woman Alleges Use of Fosamax Led to Femur Fracture

Another woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that her use of Fosamax (alendronate) led to a left femur fracture and other complications. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Mississippi woman by national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, was entered … 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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