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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Parker Waichman Lobbied in Congress Yesterday for Permanent Zadroga Act Extension

Parker Waichman was among the many who lobbied Congress to permanently extend the 2010 Zadroga Act and ensure first responders, survivors, and their families receive full benefits under the Act’s two programs. Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that … Continue reading

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FealGood Foundation Founder Urges Congress to Permanently Extend Zadroga Act

Parker Waichman will be among the many supporters of the Zadroga Act —including including Jon Stewart, formerly of “The Daily Show” and John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation advocacy group—lobbying for the Act’s permanent extension on September 16, 2015. … Continue reading

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FDA Launches OpenFDA, Public Access to Searchable Prescription Drug Data

Through a new initiative called open FDA, the Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) is releasing to the public searchable data sets on prescription drugs. In the pilot stage, openFDA provides information on millions of reports of adverse events in drug … Continue reading

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Medtronic Agrees to $9.9 Million Settlement in Physician Kickback Case

The Justice Department announced yesterday that Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $9.9 million to resolve allegations that the company made illegal payments to physicians to induce them to implant Medtronic pacemakers and defibrillators. Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading

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Additional Cancers Now Covered Under Zadroga 9/11 Law

Parker Waichman LLP, a law firm that has fought to expand coverage for illnesses developed by 9/11 first responders, is pleased to announce that four additional cancers have been added to the list of cancers covered under the federal Zadroga … Continue reading

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Study Shows Nearly 8% of Hip Implants Not Backed by Safety Evidence

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A new study reveals that nearly eight percent of hip implant devices used in hip replacement surgery have no readily available evidence of safety or effectiveness. The study, published online last month in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), indicates that … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Health Concerns, Metal Hip Implants, Press Releases |

OxyElite Pro Recall Expanded to Include Flavored OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder

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USPlabs LLC just announced a recall of its OxyElite Pro Dietary Supplements over potential health risks and to now include Raspberry Lemonade OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder, among others. The recall includes all lots and sizes of specific dietary supplements, … Continue reading

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Senators: Report Confirms Financial Gains Tied to PODs, Increased Surgery Trend

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The United States Committee on Finance just released that U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (Republican-Utah), Max Baucus (Democrat-Montana), and Chuck Grassley (Republican-Iowa) announced that a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) … Continue reading

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Parker Waichman LLP Designated as Co-Lead Counsel in Consolidation of Sandy-Related Litigation Against LIPA, National Grid

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According to an order just filed on May 30, all Hurricane Sandy-related litigation brought against the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and/or National Grid now pending, as well as all subsequent filed actions, will be consolidated into one action before … Continue reading

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Parker Waichman LLP Takes on Credit Card Companies, Fights for Small Business

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National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, and co-counsel just filed an objection to the passage of a proposed $7.25 billion settlement of a price-fixing case brought against Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees. Co-counsel—both based in … Continue reading

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