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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Google Searches Could Help FDA Identify Drug Side Effects

Google Searches Could Help FDA Identify Drug Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked for Google’s help in identifying previously unknown side effects of medications. Last month, in a conference call, FDA officials spoke with a senior Google researcher who co-authored a 2013 paper about using search query … Continue reading

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Mis-marketing of Drugs Cost Billions, Endangers Health

Mis-marketing of Drugs Cost Billions, Endangers Health

A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) describes the high costs associated with the mis-marketing of prescription drugs, both in dollars and in health consequences. Spending on prescription drugs has consistently been the fastest growing … Continue reading

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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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Vioxx Caused Complications Months After Patients Dropped It

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx (Generic: rofecoxib), Merck’s blockbuster painkiller, might be responsible for blood clots in patients after they stopped taking it, write U.S. researchers, said Reuters. Vioxx, was approved for use in 1999, quickly becoming a bestseller for Merck, with annual … 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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Vioxx Settlement Almost Wrapped Up

Merck & Co. has made a final $4.1 billion payment to its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx settlement fund. According to an Associated Press report, final payouts to former Vioxx users or their survivors should be made by the end of June. Vioxx … Continue reading

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Doctor Accused of Falsifying Drug Studies Pleads Guilty

Dr. Scott S. Reuben, former chief of acute pain at the Bay State Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, has pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud. As we’ve reported previously, Reuben was charged in federal court last month with … Continue reading

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Vioxx Scandal Didn’t Lead To Changes At FDA

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx scandal, and the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) role in it, has not brought about much change at the agency, according to a new government report. Vioxx was approved for use in 1999, and quickly became a … 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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Vioxx Dangers Should Have Been Known Years Before Recall

We have long been writing about the links between Merck’s blockbuster nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medication < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx (rofecoxib) and negative cardiac events. Now, according to Science Daily, a study has found that evidence of cardiovascular risks linked to Vioxx might have … Continue reading

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