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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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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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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Drug Maker, Novartis, Accused Again of Kickback Schemes

We have long noted that the financial relationships between the drug and the health care industries have led to enormous controversy. Critics maintain that such relationships create conflicts of interest and could unduly influence everything from research findings to prescribing … Continue reading

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U.S. Prosecutors Investigating Novartis Marketing of Blood Pressure Drug Tekturna

U.S. prosecutors are investigating European drug manufacturer Novartis for its marketing of products including hypertension drug Tekturna. In a recent regulatory filing, Swiss-based Novartis revealed that, last year, a U.S. unit of the company received a subpoena from federal prosecutors … Continue reading

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Analysis of adverse event reports questions benefit of blood pressure drug Tekturna

A recent analysis of adverse health events linked to certain prescription drugs identified 100 incidents linked to the blood pressure medication Tekturna in just the first part of this year. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) combed a database … Continue reading

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Tekturna Linked to Significant Number of Adverse Events

Independent watchdog group, the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) reports a 90 percent increase in significant adverse drug event reports received by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over the past four years. Among these, are events associated … Continue reading

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Tekturna Label Changes, Valturna Market Withdrawal Announced by Novartis

Novartis announced yesterday that the label for the blood pressure drug Tekturna (aliskiren) will be updated with new warnings regarding its use in people with diabetes and kidney problems. Novartis also announced it will no longer market Valturna, a single-pill … Continue reading

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Tekturna (Aliskiren) Associated with Serious Side Effects, Including Stroke, Severe Kidney Damage

Tekturna (aliskiren) and other medications containing aliskiren have been associated with serious side effects, including non-fatal stroke and severe kidney damage, in some patients. Tekturna and other aliskiren products were recently the subject of safety warnings in Europe (where it … Continue reading

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MHRA Issues New Contraindications, Recommendations for Rasilez (Aliskiren) with ACE Inhibitors, ARBs

Health regulators in the U.K. have announced new contraindications and warnings regarding Rasilez (aliskiren), a blood pressure drug which is sold as Tekturna in the U.S. According a Drug Safety Update issued by the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, … Continue reading

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Novartis Updates Rasilez Label in Europe with New Warnings for Diabetes, Kidney Patients

The blood pressure drug Rasilez – sold in the U.S. under the brand name Tekturna – will soon bear new safety warnings on its European label, after a clinical trial was halted because subject patients experienced a high rate of … Continue reading

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Canada Issues Warning, Updates Labeling For Rasilez

Canada just issued a warning for Rasilez, a high blood pressure drug known as Tekturna in the United States. Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Canada Inc makes Rasilez. Health Canada and Novartis issued the warning for aliskiren-containing products, Rasilez and Rasilez HCT, after … Continue reading

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Tekturna To Undergo Canadian Safety Review

High blood pressure drug, Tekturna, will undergo a Canadian Safety Review after a clinical study was halted by drug maker, Novartis, over unexpected adverse reactions. “Specifically, when used in combination with other blood pressure-lowering drugs known as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) … Continue reading

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