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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Study Finds Link Between Autism and Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

A recent study found an increased risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children whose mothers took specific antidepressant medications. The Swedish study stated that it found that “in utero exposure to both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) … Continue reading

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Good Information on Drug Safety in Pregnancy Hard to Find

While most pregnant women take medication at some point during pregnancy, it is difficult for them to find clear information about which drugs pose a risk to their unborn babies, such as antidepressants. Many drug labels provide few, if any, … Continue reading

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SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Cardiac Risks

We have long written about SSRI—selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors—antidepressants, medications that block the re-absorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the brain to boost mood. Now, emerging research reveals that some SSRIs pose cardiac risks. Research conducted by UK’s Medicines … Continue reading

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Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuits May Proceed

We’ve long written about SSRIs—selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors—such as Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and Zoloft. SSRIs block the re-absorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the brain to boost mood. A judge has ruled that Paxil birth defect lawsuits can … Continue reading

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SSRIs pose birth defects risks to pregnant women

New research shows selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs are dangerous when taken during pregnancy. According to a report from, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center have released a study showing many dangers of … Continue reading

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Study: Potential for Significant Risks with SSRIs and Pregnancy

A new study suggests that there is the potential for risks when taking SSRIs during pregnancy. SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors include medications sold under the names Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and Zoloft. SSRIs block the reabsorption (reuptake) of … Continue reading

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Study analysis finds stroke risks among people taking SSRI antidepressants

A recent analysis of data available on the popular antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) found a link between their use and an increased risk of a bleeding stroke. According to a report, the study from Western … Continue reading

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Driving on SSRI Antidepressants, Other Psychotropic Drugs, Increase Chances for Car Accidents

Taking antidepressants, including Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) Antidepressants, as well as certain sleep aids and other psychotropic drugs, can increase the likelihood that an individual will suffer a motor vehicle accident, according to a new study in the British … Continue reading

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Glaxo to Resolve Avandia, Paxil, Wellbutrin Fraud Charges with Justice Department for Record-Breaking $3 Billion

The U.S. Justice Department has announced another record-breaking settlement with a pharmaceutical company accused of illegally marketing some of its drugs.  According to a statement issued by the Department late yesterday, GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3 billion to settle charges involving … Continue reading

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Traces of SSRI Antidepressants in Drinking Water May Have Autism Link

Residues in drinking water from antidepressants and other drugs that impact the central nervous system may have a link to autism, according to a new study involving fish.  In an experiment conducted by researchers at the Idaho State University, minnows … Continue reading

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