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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 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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Vioxx Off-Label Marketing To Cost Merck $321 Million

Vioxx off-label marketing activities are going to cost Merck & Co. a whopping $321 million in criminal fines. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vioxx (rofecoxib), a painkiller, for three indications in May 1999. Merck has pleaded guilty … Continue reading

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Merck Agrees to Pay $950 Million to Settle Vioxx Marketing Charges

Merck has agreed to pay $950 million to settle Vioxx marketing charges. Pleading guilty to illegally advertising now-banned painkiller Vioxx (rofecoxib), Merck Sharp & Dohme will be paying millions in fines and penalties to the United States government as well … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Gives Go Ahead to Vioxx Investor Lawsuit

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for a securities fraud lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co Inc., over its disclosures to investors about < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx, said Reuters. Vioxx, was approved for use in 1999, quickly becoming a … Continue reading

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Merck Loses Australian Vioxx Lawsuit

We just wrote that Merck & Co. made a final $4.1 billion payment to its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx settlement fund. According to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, final payouts to former Vioxx users or their survivors should be made by … Continue reading

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Vioxx Shareholder Lawsuit Before US Supreme Court

Readers of this blog are, by now, aware of the many issues surrounding Merck’s blockbuster nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medication < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx (rofecoxib) and negative cardiac events. The cardiac problems associated with Vioxx, and its subsequent withdrawal from the market, spawned scores … Continue reading

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Researcher Faked Data for 21 Studies Involving Vioxx, Celebrex and Other Drugs

Medical journals have been asked to retract 21 studies that touted the benefits of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/stevens_johnson_syndrome">Celebrex and other drugs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass. is asking the journals to make the retractions … Continue reading

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Vioxx Grand Jury Probe Latest Headache for Merck

Just as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx maker Merck gets closer to settling thousands of lawsuits against the defective pain reliever, reports have surfaced that a grand jury is investigating the company over the way it marketed Vioxx. According to the Wall Street … Continue reading

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Florida Vioxx Plaintiffs Look to Expand Settlement

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx plaintiffs in Florida are petitioning a federal court to expand Merck’s proposed $4.85 billion settlement to include those who did not file suit against the company by Nov. 9, 2007.  But many lawyers involved in the Vioxx settlement … Continue reading

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Vioxx Victims to Share $4.85 Billion under Settlement Agreement with Merck

Vioxx maker Merck will spend $4.85 billion to settle a significant number of lawsuits filed against it for injuries caused by the painkiller. Under the agreement, which was announced late yesterday, Merck will set up two separate settlement funds to … Continue reading

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