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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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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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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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