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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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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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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Medtronic Uses Preemption in Medtronic Infuse Case, Again

Medtronic Uses Preemption in Medtronic Infuse Case, Again

The denial of review by the United States Supreme Court today in the case of Caplinger v. Medtronic, Inc., Docket No. 15-321, though it might appear to be a victory for medical device manufacturer, Medtronic, Inc., it was not. While … Continue reading

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New Legislation Outsources Medical Device Safety Reviews

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Consumer groups and health advocates are concerned about legislation just passed by the House of Representatives that would make it easier for medical devices to reach the market and would put safety determinations in the hands of subcontractors paid by … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Possible Patient Injury if Coating Separates from Intravascular Medical Device

Coating on Medical Devices Can Cause Patient Injuries

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication warning of the possibility of patient injury if the hydrophilic and/or hydrophobic coatings on medical devices separate—peel, flake, shed, delaminate, slough off—during use. A number of factors can cause … Continue reading

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European Medicines Agency Seeks Market Suspension of Medtronic InductOs

Euro Medicines Agency Seeks Suspension of Medtronic InductOs

The European Union’s medical device regulator has recommended suspension of the marketing authorization for Medtronic’s InductOs bone growth device until issues at a U.S. plant that makes a component of the device are resolved. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched … Continue reading

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Device Used During Surgery Linked to 8 Infections, 4 Deaths at PA Hospital

Device Used During Surgery Linked to 8 Infections, 4 Deaths

A device used to heat and cool a patient’s blood during heart surgery has been linked to infections in 8 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital. The New York Times reports that four of those patients have died, but it is … Continue reading

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Newly Launched FDA Website Tracks Medical Devices

Newly Launched FDA Website Tracks Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the launch of its online Global Unique Device Identification Database, AccessGUDID, which allows the public to track medical devices through unique identifiers. Through this site, company-submitted information can now be looked … Continue reading

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Justice Department Fines Medical Device Makers over $110 Million

Justice Department Fines Medical Device Makers

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released their joint annual report on health care fraud and abuse control on March 19th. According to the report, the federal government won or negotiated roughly $3.3 … Continue reading

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Justice Department Settles False Claims Case with Medtronic for $4.4 Million

Justice Department Settles False Claims w/Medtronic

In an announcement last week, the U.S. Department of Justice said it had reached an agreement with medical device maker Medtronic for violations of the False Claims Act. The announced settlement is $4.4 million. The Justice Department brought action against … Continue reading

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