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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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