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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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Premarket Approval for Essure Birth Control Device Was Fraudulent, Patients Say

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Patients involved in the clinical trials conducted in connection with the premarket approval application (PMA) for the Essure birth control device say that patient records were altered to show favorable results despite patient reports of problems. The Food and Drug … Continue reading

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Legislation Introduced to Require FDA to Pull Essure Birth Control from Market

FDA to Pull Essure Birth Control from Market

U.S. Representative Michael Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania has introduced a new bill that directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw Bayer’s Essure birth control implant from the market. The safety of the implantable device—a permanent birth control method—has been … Continue reading

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FDA Convening Panel to Reconsider Safety of Essure Birth Control System

FDA Convening Panel to Reconsider Safety of Essure

On September 24, 2015, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will meet to discuss the risks and benefits of Bayer HealthCare’s Essure birth control system. The panel … Continue reading

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In Light of Patient Complaints, FDA to Reconsider Safety of Essure Permanent Birth Control

FDA to Reconsider Safety of Essure Permanent Birth Control

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be re-evaluating the safety of Essure following complaints from patients who say the permanent birth control device caused painful complications. Currently, it is the only approved permanent nonsurgical form of contraception on … Continue reading

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Thousands of Complaints Prompt FDA Panel Meeting about Essure Birth Control

Complaints Prompt FDA Panel Meeting about Essure

In response to more than 5,000 reports of adverse events and side effects of the Essure birth control implant, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a hearing for September 24 to evaluate the safety and effectiveness device. The … Continue reading

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Study Links Newer Birth Control Pills to Increased Risk of Blood Clots

Newer Birth Control Pills to Increased Risk of Blood Clots

A study published in the BMJ, the online journal of the British Medical Association, adds to a growing body of evidence linking newer birth control pills to an increased risk of blood clots. Researchers found that women taking newer oral … Continue reading

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Food and Drug Administration Issues Response to Petition for Removal of Essure Birth Control from Market

FDA Issues Response to Petition for Removal of Essure Birth Control from Market

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to a petition demanding removal of Essure permanent birth control device from the market. The petition was signed by more than 2,100 women who are concerned about injuries and adverse effects … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors. Hormonal contraceptives, which contain female sex hormones, are commonly prescribed in pill form. “The Pill” first … Continue reading

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and published in The … Continue reading

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