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Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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 the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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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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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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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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SSRI Antidepressants Can Increase Patient’s Fear and Anxiety

SSRI Antidepressants Can Increase Patient’s Fear and Anxiety

For some of the millions of people worldwide who take selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat depression, the drug may actually increase the patient’s fear and anxiety. This family of widely prescribed drugs includes Prozac (fluoxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline). … Continue reading

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Forest Laboratories Denies Claims in Antidepressant Drug Multidistrict Litigation

  Forest Laboratories is facing claims in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that alleges it misrepresented the efficacy of the antidepressant drugs Lexapro and Celexa for the treatment of depression in pediatric patients. Forest countered telling the Massachusetts federal court that … Continue reading

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New Study Warns of Increased Bleeding Risk In Patients with Combined Use of Antidepressants and NSAIDs

Combining Antidepressants & NSAIDs Cause Bleeding Risks

Results of a new study from a research team in Korea indicate that the combined use of antidepressants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a common form of painkiller, is associated with an increased risk of intracranial bleeding. The authors write … Continue reading

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Following Husband’s Death, Widow’s Sues Over Allegedly Weak Warning Label on Generic Medication

A widow is suing the maker of  (paroxetine) tablets that her husband, 42 at the time of his death, took as prescribed in 2010. The widow alleges that just six paroxetine tablets led to her husband’s suicide and did not … Continue reading

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SSRI Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk

A new study reports that boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to SSRI antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)  in the womb than typically developing children. Boys whose mothers took SSRIs – including Celexa (citalopram), … Continue reading

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Maternal Use of SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns

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New research shows that maternal use of SSRI antidepressants late in pregnancy is linked to increased risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH) in newborns. A meta-analysis of seven studies shows a significant association between PPH – increased pressure in the pulmonary arteries – in infants whose … Continue reading

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Adipotrim XT Dietary Supplement Recalled for Undeclared Drug Ingredient

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Deseo Rebajar Inc., is voluntarily recalling Adipotrim XT, a dietary supplement sold directly to customers in Fajardo, Caguas and Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and online. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory analysis found it to contain undeclared fluoxetine, a selective … Continue reading

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Study: SSRIs Use Tied to Upper GI Bleeds

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The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for as little as seven days presents significant increased risks for upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding events, according to a new study. “Consistent with previous studies, SSRIs were the only antidepressants found to … Continue reading

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Study: Certain Antidepressants Linked to Increased Clostridium Difficile Risks

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The antidepressants mirtazapine—sold under the brands Remeron, Avanza, and Zispin—and fluoxetine (known as Prozac, Sarafem, or Fontex) have been associated with an increased risk Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), according to new research. Investigators at the University of Michigan in Ann … Continue reading

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JAMA Study: Perioperative SSRI Use Associated with Increased Adverse Event Risks

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A new study found that patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during the perioperative period (from hospitalization admission to discharge) were at increased risks for suffering an adverse event. The study appears in the April 29, 2013 issue of … Continue reading

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