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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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 ...

Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Health Canada Strengthens Safety Warnings for Multiple Sclerosis Drug Gilenya

Health Canada Strengthens Safety Warnings for Drug Gilenya

Health Canada, Canada’s health regulatory agency, has updated the label information for the multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya (fingolimod) to include stronger safety warnings on the risk of skin cancer and the rare brain infection progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which can … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Gilenya Label to Include Cases of Rare Brain Infection

FDA Updates Gilenya Label to Include Cases of Brain Infection

In a Drug Safety Communication issued Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that the multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya was linked to two cases of rare brain infection. One definite case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) and one probable … Continue reading

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U.K. Regulator Warns Against Gilenya For Heart Patients

U.K. regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), just issued a warning against Gilenya (fingolimod) use in heart patients. The MHRA also called for extended early monitoring for patients diagnosed with significant bradycardia or heart block after the … Continue reading

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FDA Announces New Gilenya Restrictions for Heart Patients

U.S. health regulators have issued new restrictions for Gilenya, Novartis AG’s’ pill for treating multiple sclerosis. According to a Drug Safety Communication issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday, Gilenya is now contraindicated (FDA advises against its use) … Continue reading

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Gilenya to Bear New Label Warnings Following Patient Deaths, Safety Reviews

Novartis has announced that it is modifying the label for Gilenya, its oral multiple sclerosis medication, following safety reviews in the U.S. and Europe. Both the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched Gilenya … Continue reading

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Gilenya Patient Stricken with PML Brain Infection

Novartis AG announced on Friday that a patient taking its Gilenya pill for multiple sclerosis had developed a serious, life-threatening brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. According The Wall Street Journal, the report will likely raise more questions … Continue reading

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Doctors Back Off Gilenya Amid Safety Woes

Doctors are backing off prescribing multiple sclerosis (MS) medication, Gilenya (gingolimod) amid a number of safety woes. Gilenya is manufactured by Novartis AG and received U.S. regulatory approval September 2010. As we reported previously, Gilenya, the first approved MS pill, … Continue reading

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MS Drug Gilenya Under Review in Europe, but Still Deemed Safe by FDA

US medical professionals are continuing to back Novartis’ Gilenya (fingolimod) despite the growing concern following several cases of patient death in the past few months. To investigate the effects of Gilenya on one’s cardiovascular health, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) … Continue reading

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