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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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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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FDA lacked jurisdiction to enforce violations at NECC in the past, was slow to release inspection results

As the Food and Drug Administration aims to assert more authority in regulating drug compounding pharmacies like the one responsible for the deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis, details have emerged that the agency has previously tried to flex regulatory … Continue reading

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Senators promise action to prevent the next fungal meningitis outbreak

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have promised to update federal regulations, namely with the Food and Drug Administration, that would bring pharmaceutical drug compounding labs under the agency’s eye in the future in hopes of avoiding situations like the current deadly … Continue reading

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Ameridose shares more than owners with embattled compounding center

Conditions at Ameridose, a Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical drug supplier that shares some of the same owners as the company tied to the deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis, are such that it can not guarantee the safety of any of the … Continue reading

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Main threat of fungal meningitis passes, health officials warn victims not yet in the clear

The primary threat posed by contaminated epidural steroid injection that’s been linked to a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis has passed but those who received the drugs are not in the clear just yet. According to an ABC News report, … Continue reading

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Stress, worry plague those injected with contaminated steroid drug

For the thousands who received a contaminated epidural steroid injection in the last few months, the next few days and weeks will be filled with worry and stress as they wonder if they’ll be the next victims in the deadly … Continue reading

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Variety of lawsuits filed in response to fungal meningitis outbreak

The victims of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak have already begun to seek justice for their injuries or if they’ve lost a loved one who received a contaminated epidural steroid injection. According to a Reuters report, victims have two choices … Continue reading

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Conditions inside New England Compounding Center conducive to contamination

The drug compounding lab likely responsible for the deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis ignored many safety protocols designed to ensure sterility of its products. According to a New York Times report this week, health officials in Massachusetts released a … Continue reading

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Skepticism of company at center of fungal meningitis outbreak continues to grow

The company at the center of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak has been under increased oversight since a 2006 inspection of its pharmacy labs discovered widespread deficiencies in protocols for manufacturing drugs. According to an AP report, New England Compounding … Continue reading

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Questions, concerns mount against New England Compounding Center as fungal meningitis outbreak widens

Health officials across the country fear that many of the other compounded or mixed drugs leaving the pharmacies at New England Compounding Center may be just as contaminated as the epidural steroid drug that has caused a deadly nationwide outbreak … Continue reading

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More Floridians affected by fungal meningitis outbreak, third death in state reported

Health officials in Florida have confirmed a third death in the state linked to the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. According to a WESH-TV report in Orlando, Fla., Florida’s Dept. of Health said Wednesday that a third person who received … Continue reading

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