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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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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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Accutane Victim Awarded Millions

A massive $25.16 million judgment has been awarded by a New Jersey jury to an Alabama man who filed suit against Hoffman-La Roche Inc., the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Accutane. Andrew McCarrell, 38, blamed the drug for his inflammatory bowel … Continue reading

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Serious Skin Reactions Reported in Accutane Patients

Accutane has been associated with severe, and possibly fatal, skin reactions, including erythema multiforme [EM], Stevens-Johnson syndrome [SJS] and toxic epidermal necrolysis [TEN], according to a public health alert issued by Health Canada. The agency said the Canadian Product Monograph … Continue reading

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Accutane Pulled from Market Amid Lawsuits, Increased Generic Competition

Accutane is being pulled from the market by its maker, Roche AG. According to the Associated Press, Roche said the Accutane recall decision  was made for economic rather than safety reasons. But as anyone who reads this blog knows, over the … Continue reading

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Roche Loses Fourth Accutane Trial, Ordered to Pay 3 IBD Victims $12.9 Million

The maker of Accutane has been ordered to pay nearly $13 million to three people who said the acne medication caused them to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).   The verdict in the New Jersey Accutane lawsuits – which were combined … Continue reading

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Study Links Accutane to Depression

The active ingredient in the acne drug Accutane— known generically as isotretinoin—more than doubles the risk of depression, according to a recent study.  The study is the first controlled investigation to find a statistically significant link between Accutane and depression, … Continue reading

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Accutane Injury Results in $10.5 Million Judgment

A woman who said she developed ulcerative colitis from taking Accutane was awarded $10.5 million by a New Jersey jury yesterday.  It was the third of 425 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/accutane_ibd">Accutane lawsuits alleging that Accutane caused inflammatory bowel disease in some users … Continue reading

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Accutane Access Now Easier With Changes to iPledge

Accutane prescriptions might now be a little easier for women to fill.  The government announced some changes Wednesday designed to ease access to the drug.  A program entitled iPledge-a risk management program designed to reduce the risk of fetal exposure … Continue reading

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Accutane Could Cause Depression by Lowering Serotonin Levels

Accutane, a controversial drug used to treat severe acne, has long been associated with higher rates of depression among users. Now, researchers in Britain and the United States believe they have discovered the cause for this Accutane side effect. It … Continue reading

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Accutane Label, iPledge Monitoring Program Changes Approved by FDA

The label for Accutane will be changed in an effort to improve the effectiveness of the iPledge pregnancy risk management program. The changes were announced by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month, and are based on recommendations … Continue reading

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Accutane Victim Awarded $7 million in Florida Lawsuit

A Florida jury has awarded $7 million in damages to a patient who needed to have his colon removed after taking the acne drug < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/accutane">Accutane. After deliberating for two days, the jury found that the drug’s maker, Roche Holdings … Continue reading

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