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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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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 Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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 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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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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