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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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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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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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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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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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More infections, questions as fungal meningitis outbreak worsens, widens

Health officials believe they may not have seen the worst of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a contaminated steroid injection drug. According to a Reuters report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed more than dozen … Continue reading

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Tennessee hospital seeing high volume of fungal meningitis cases during outbreak

A Nashville, Tenn., hospital is serving as the makeshift epicenter of the deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a contaminated steroid injection. According to a Reuters report, St. Thomas Hospital just outside Nashville has served 15 percent of … Continue reading

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CDC Lists Facilities That Received Potentially Tainted NECC Injections

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted updated information on the ongoing, growing fungal meningitis outbreak that now includes a detailed listing of the facilities that received potentially contaminated steroid injections. The contaminated injections were provided by … Continue reading

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Meningitis outbreak toll now at 205 sick, 14 dead

Federal health officials have drastically increased the amount of confirmed cases of fungal meningitis linked to the use of a contaminated vial of an epidural steroid drug injection. According to Reuters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this weekend … Continue reading

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Pharmacy Linked to Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Violated its License

The New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts—the pharmacy at the center of a growing fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened 170 and killed 14—did not follow its state’s licensing mandates. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Public … Continue reading

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Another death, more infections reported in fungal meningitis outbreak

Health officials are reporting another death, the twelfth, and more illnesses in the outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a contaminated epidural steroid injection. According to a recent update from MedPageToday.com and other sources, the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading

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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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CDC: 110 sick, 11 dead in fungal meningitis outbreak

There are now 110 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis that have been linked to a contaminated steroid injection given in the treatment of back pain. According to a MedPageToday.com update on the growing outbreak of fungal meningitis across the country, … Continue reading

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Massachusetts lab recalls epidural injection amid deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis

The company which compounds and distributes an epidural steroid injection that appears linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a recall on all products it manufactures. According to a statement from New England Compounding Center, any products from … Continue reading

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