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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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State regulator, pharmaceutical executive cloud picture on fungal meningitis outbreak

A sitting member of Massachusetts’ regulatory agency that oversees pharmaceutical safety has a direct link to the company implicated in the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. According to a Boston Globe report this week, Sophia Pasedis has recused herself from … Continue reading

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Woman who suffered jawbone loss due to Fosamax reaches damages settlement with Merck

A woman who claims her taking Fosamax in the prevention of bone loss caused by osteoporosis resulted in her developing decay of her jaw bone has reached a confidential settlement with the makers of the drug. Merck & Co. has … Continue reading

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Plavix – Aspirin Combo Linked to Higher Risk of Gastrointestinal bleeding

Taking low doses of aspirin along with the blood thinning drug < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Plavix-Cerebral-Gastrointestinal-Bleeding-Hemorrhaging-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Plavix could increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a new study. According to a Reuters report, the authors of the study calculated that if 1,000 people … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Facilities at Center of Tylenol, Other Drug Recalls Face Greater FDA Scrutiny

A Johnson & Johnson drug plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania that made millions of bottles of recalled medicine, including < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tylenol-Liver-Damage-Injury-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Tylenol, Benadryl and Motrin, will not be allowed to reopen until the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is assured … Continue reading

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Proton Pump Inhibitors in Early Pregnancy Associated with Heart Birth Defects

Using < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Proton-Pump-Inhibitors-Birth-Defects-Septal-Lawsuit-Lawyer">proton pump inhibitors in the first trimester of pregnancy could increase the chance that a baby will be born with a cardiac defect. In a 2010 retrospective study of over 200,000 women, those using proton pump inhibitors were … Continue reading

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Enbrel Lawsuit Claims Drug Caused Cancer

Alleging a diagnosis of cancer and accusing drugmakers of hiding < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/enbrel">Enbrel side effects, Wayne Stone Sr. is suing Immunex, Pfizer, Wyeth, and so-called “John Doe” distributors of the drug, reported Courthouse News. Amgen and Pfizer market Enbrel for rheumatoid … Continue reading

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Use of Prevnar, ActHIB Vaccines Halted in Japan After Child Deaths

Four children have died in Japan after being vaccinated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Prevnar and ActHIB. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Japanese government has stopped use of these vaccines and, now, international health authorities are looking into potential side effects … Continue reading

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NSAID Side Effects Could Include Erectile Dysfunction

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">NSAIDs—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs— previously been linked to increased stroke and heart attack risks, have now been connected with erectile dysfunction (ED) with regular use, says MedScape. The emerging study, a prospective cohort, appeared online last month and in the … Continue reading

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Topamax Increases Risk for Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate When Used During Pregnancy

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/topamax_birth_defects">Topamax (topiramate) has been associated with the development of oral clefts – cleft lip and/or cleft palate – in babies born to women who took the drug during early pregnancy. Today, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said … Continue reading

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FDA Acts against Unapproved Cold, Cough and Allergy Drugs, Orders Hundreds Removed from Market

More than 500 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">unapproved prescription cough, cold and allergy medicines – including familiar names like include Lodrane, Cardec, Organidin and Pediahist – have been ordered off the market by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). None of the … Continue reading

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