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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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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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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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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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BioRay Dietary Supplements Not Proven Safe or Effective

With no medical or pharmacy degrees and no compelling scientific data, BioRay’s owners—Timothy and Stephanie Ray—tout their < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">dietary supplements as being able to help with sexual problems, allergies, speech delays, weight issues, even liver and autism problems; virtually any … Continue reading

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Proton Pump Inhibitors May Lower Magnesium Levels, FDA Warns

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Proton_pump_inhibitors">Proton pump inhibitors can lower magnesium levels if the popular heartburn drugs are used over a long period of time, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned. Low serum magnesium levels (hypomagnesemia) can result in serious health … Continue reading

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Users of Plavix, Valium, Other Meds Could Suffer Reactions if they Carry CYP2C19 Gene Variant

Does a gene variant explain a U.S. lawmaker’s odd behavior? According to Rep. David Wu, an Oregon Democrat, a variant in the CYP2C19 gene, which plays a role in metabolizing some drugs, like < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Plavix-Cerebral-Gastrointestinal-Bleeding-Hemorrhaging-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Plavix and Valium was the reason … Continue reading

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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Follows Teen’s Use of Eye Drops

A 19-year-old girl in the United Kingdom required weeks of intensive care treatment and is looking at months of follow-up treatment following a dangerous drug reaction called < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/stevens_johnson_syndrome">Stevens-Johnson syndrome after using Optrex eye drops. According to the Voice Online, … Continue reading

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Abacavir Safety Review Shows No Heart Attack Link, Conflicts with Some Earlier Studies

U.S. health regulators said today said that a safety review did not find a connection between < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">abacavir and an increased risk of heat attacks. Abacavir—sold under brand names Ziagen, Trizivir, and Epzicom – is used in the treatment of … Continue reading

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Multaq Patients Should Undergo Liver Function Tests

European regulators recently warned that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/multaq-dronedarone-liver-damage-failure-lawsuit-lawyer-attorney">Multaq (donedarone) could put patients at risk for severe liver injuries. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is now recommending that doctors perform liver function tests before treating atrial fibrillation patients with Multaq. The European … Continue reading

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Avastin Breast Cancer Decision Will Be Appealed in June

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Avastin-Side-Effects-Lawyers-Lawsuit-Attorney">Avastin will attempt this summer to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that it made a mistake when it decided to revoke the pricey drug’s approval as a treatment for advanced breast cancer. Roche’s … Continue reading

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Extenze Tablets Recalled for Undeclared Ingredient

Biotab Nutraceuticals, Inc. is conducting a voluntary recall of two lots of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Extenze Nutritional Supplement Tablets, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Some packages bearing lot numbers 0709241 and 0509075 are counterfeit products containing undeclared drug … Continue reading

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Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen Should be taken with Caution

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Acetaminophen-Liver-Damage-Injury-Failure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Acetaminophen and ibuprofen, painkillers found in just about everyone’s medicine cabinet, can cause some serious side effects. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient Tylenol and other over-the-counter drugs, as well as some prescription painkillers, can cause serious liver damage if too … Continue reading

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Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Thigh Fractures, Yet Again

Bone loss drugs in the class of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Bisphosphonates">bisphosphonates have, again, been linked to bone fractures of the femur (thigh bone). Web MD said that a recent, large review of over 200,000 post-menopausal women found that those taking bisphosphonates—drugs sold … Continue reading

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