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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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Zithromax may Lead to Serious Kidney Side Effects

Zithromax may Lead to Serious Kidney Side Effects

Zithromax (Azithromycin) is among the most popular antibiotics prescribed in the United States; however, the drug has been tied to a variety of serious side effects, including those involving the kidneys. Zithromax, manufactured by Pfizer Inc., received U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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Zithromax: An Overview of Potential Side Effects

Zithromax: An Overview of Potential Side Effects

Zithromax, known generically as azithromycin, is an antibiotic manufactured by Pfizer. It is used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections of the ears, lungs, sinuses, skin, throat and reproductive organs. Azithromycin is classified … Continue reading

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Investigation Shows Olympus Failed to Alert Authorities to Deadly Bacteria Found on Medical Scopes

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In spring 2012 at a Dutch hospital, a technician for Olympus, maker of medical scopes, found a brown, grimy film inside parts of the flexible scope that were supposed to be sealed, and a rubber ring designed to keep bacteria … Continue reading

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Cardiac Surgery Device Linked to Infections

Cardiac Surgery Device Linked to Infections

Heater-cooler systems, medical devices used to heat or cool a patient’s blood during heart surgery, have been linked to potential bacterial infections. WellSpan York Hospital in Pennsylvania recently warned 1,300 patients that they may have been exposed to a bacterial … Continue reading

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Endoscopy Device May Spread Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections

Endoscopy Device May Spread Bacterial Infections

The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert warning that the complex design of the ERCP endoscope may impede effective cleaning and sterilizing of the reusable device. There are reports of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in patients who have … Continue reading

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