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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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 Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & 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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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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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Catheter Recalls due to Serious Complications and Injuries

Catheter Recalls due to Serious Complications and Injuries

The benefits and usefulness of catheters are not in question, when the broad scope of applications and indications for which the devices are used are examined. Catheters are used for administering medications, injecting contrast dye for angiogram procedures, and removing … Continue reading

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HeartWare International Heart Pump Subject to FDA Class 1 Recall

HeartWare International Heart Pump Subject to FDA Recall

Medtronic has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified two global voluntary recalls of HeartWare International’s HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) as Class 1 recalls. A class 1 recall is the FDA’s most serious recall category, … Continue reading

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Deep Brain Stimulation Rechargers May Fail to Charge, Medtronic Warns

Deep Brain Stimulation Rechargers May Fail to Charge

In an October 2016 “Urgent Field Safety Notice”, Medtronic warned that some rechargers for its deep brain stimulation devices may be prone to an “error state” and fail to charge. According to the letter, some of its Model 37751 rechargers … Continue reading

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Medtronic Recalls Thousands of Lots of Various Neurovascular Products

Medtronic Recalls Lots of Various Neurovascular Products

Medtronic PLC just recalled certain lots of four of its neurovascular products. The device maker noted that the recalled devices might lead to a thromboembolic event (blood clot) in patients. The recalled Medtronic neurovascular products are: Pipeline Embolization Device (1742 … Continue reading

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Medtronic Recalls Temporary Cardiac Lead Pacing Systems

Medtronic Recalls Temporary Cardiac Lead Pacing Systems

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a Class II designation for a recall involving thousands of Medtronic temporary lead pacing systems because there is the potential for them to connect to a hazardous voltage. The recall involves 11,697 of … Continue reading

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Medtronic Issues Warning for Heart Valve Delivery System

Medtronic Issues Warning for Heart Valve Delivery System

Medtronic PLC has issued a warning regarding its minimally invasive EnVeo R delivery system, which is used to implant the Evolut R aortic valve in the heart. The company is urging doctors to take extra precautions when inserting the device, … Continue reading

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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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Medtronic Pays $500 Million Tax Charge To Move $9.8 Billion To United States

Medtronic Pays $500M Tax Charge To Move $9.8B To U.S.

As part of an internal restructuring related to its $49.9 billion merger with Covidien, Medtronic will pay a one-time tax charge of $500 million so that it can bring $9.8 billion in overseas cash to the United States. This move … Continue reading

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Newly Approved Medtronic Heart Device Component Under Recall

Medtronic's Heart Device Component Under Recall

Just weeks after receiving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, Medtronic’s EnVeo R Loading System, used with the CoreValve Evolut R system for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), has been recalled. Medtronic said it had received eight reports of the … Continue reading

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European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs in Light of Contamination Issues

European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be reviewing Medtronic’s InductOs following reports of contamination problems at a site that manufacturers one of the product’s components. InductOs is an implantable bone development product used in patients undergoing spinal fusion in the … Continue reading

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