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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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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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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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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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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 ...

Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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Lawsuits Allege Abilify Caused Impulse-Control Problems

Lawsuits Allege Abilify Caused Impulse-Control Problems

Abilify Lawsuits Allege Gambling Addiction, Compulsive Behaviors Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals are facing lawsuits alleging that the antipsychotic medication Abilify caused impulse-control problems, including pathological gambling. Litigation continues to mount as cases are consolidated into a federal multidistrict litigation … Continue reading

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Serious Brain Side Effects of Dilantin

Epilepsy patients who take the drug Dilantin to control seizures could experience a variety of side effects, including atrophy of the cerebellum, an area of the brain important to the control of movement and coordination. Posture, balance, coordination and speech … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Xarelto Led to Ischemic Stroke

Xarelto Lawsuits Continue to Mount Over Bleeding Injuries Bayer Healthcare AG, Johnson & Johnson, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals are facing a wrongful death lawsuit over allegations that their anticoagulant (blood thinner), Xarelto (rivaroxaban) led to a West Virginia man’s ischemic stroke … Continue reading

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Invega Linked to Serious Side Effects Such As Gynecomastia

Invega Linked to Serious Side Effects Such As Gynecomastia

Invega is a popular antipsychotic medication increasingly associated with serious side effects such as gynecomastia, or male breast growth. Invega, known also by its generic name, paliperidone, is manufactured and distributed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson … Continue reading

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Propecia Litigation Moving Toward First Trial

The litigation involving serious and sometimes catastrophic side effects of the hair loss drug Propecia is moving forward, with the selection of bellwether cases. In such large litigations, representative cases—bellwether cases—are chosen to be the first to go to trial. … Continue reading

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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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Estrogen Product Premarin Tablets Recalled due to Labeling Issues

Estrogen Product Premarin Recalled due to Labeling Issues

Pfizer, the maker of Premarin, announced a voluntary recall of one lot of 1.25mg tablets due to an incorrect expiration date on the bottle label. What is Premarin? Premarin is an estrogen product commonly used to treat moderate to severe … Continue reading

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Controversial Diabetes Drug Actos Still on the Market

Controversial Diabetes Drug Actos Still on the Market

Though research has shown an association between the type 2 diabetes drug Actos and serious side effects including bladder cancer, heart failure, liver failure, and bone fractures, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stopped short of recalling Actos. Actos … Continue reading

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Clash Over Regulation of “Off-Label” Promotion of Drugs and Devices

Clash Over “Off-Label” Promotion of Drugs and Devices

A 2012 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that reversed the conviction of Alfred Caronia, a drug representative accused of conspiring to promote the drug Xyrem for unapproved uses set up a clash between the … Continue reading

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Antidepressant Viibryd to Carry Warning for Acute Pancreatitis, Sleep Paralysis

Viibryd Now Warns for Acute Pancreatitis, Sleep Paralysis

Viibryd (Vilazodone) Safety Label to Include Sleep Paralysis, Acute Pancreatitis Viibryd (vilazodone) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) manufactured by Forest Laboratories. According to a recent letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the warning label on … Continue reading

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