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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Estrogen Product Premarin Tablets Recalled due to Labeling Issues

Estrogen Product Premarin Recalled due to Labeling Issues

Pfizer, the maker of Premarin, announced a voluntary recall of one lot of 1.25mg tablets due to an incorrect expiration date on the bottle label. What is Premarin? Premarin is an estrogen product commonly used to treat moderate to severe … Continue reading

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Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits Expected to Continue Increasing

Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits Expected to Continue Increasing

The federal multidistrict litigation involving the erectile dysfunction (ED) medication Viagra (sildenafil citrate) continues to proceed. Viagra is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and is a phosphodiesterase (PDE) 5A inhibitor (PDE5A) that is typically used in the treatment of ED. Viagra … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Zithromax Led to Liver Failure, Resulting in Liver Transplant

Lawsuit Alleges Zithromax Led to Liver Failure

Pfizer is facing a lawsuit alleging that its popular antibiotic Zithromax is to blame for a case of liver failure, which resulted in the need for a liver transplant. The lawsuit was filed in March 2016 on behalf of a … Continue reading

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Nearly Fatal Uncontrollable Bleeding Event Linked to Eliquis

Nearly Fatal Uncontrollable Bleeding Event Linked to Eliquis

A couple has filed a new Eliquis lawsuit, alleging that the blood thinning medication prescribed to treat the wife’s atrial fibrillation has put her in danger with internal bleeding complications. Eliquis is made by Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb and is designed … Continue reading

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FDA Scrutinizes Pfizer Study Evaluating Chantix Suicide Risks

FDA Scrutinizes Pfizer Study Detailing Chantix Suicide Risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning whether or not Pfizer’s study of neuropsychiatric effects of Chantix, the smoking cessation drug, accurately reflects the risks. Pfizer conducted the clinical trial upon request from the FDA, following a high … Continue reading

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What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and How is it Related to Zithromax?

What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome & it's Link to Zithromax?

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a severe reaction that affects the skin and mucous membranes. It causes a rash that spreads and blisters, ultimately causing the top layer of the skin to shed and die. When SJS affects more than 30 percent … Continue reading

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Zithromax may Lead to Serious Kidney Side Effects

Zithromax may Lead to Serious Kidney Side Effects

Zithromax (Azithromycin) is among the most popular antibiotics prescribed in the United States; however, the drug has been tied to a variety of serious side effects, including those involving the kidneys. Zithromax, manufactured by Pfizer Inc., received U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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Hospira Recalls Lot of Injectable Anesthetic Due to Particulate Contamination

Hospira Recalls Injectable Anesthetic Due to Contamination

Hospira is recalling one lot of an injectable anesthetic due to contamination with particulate matter, which was identified in a single vial. The voluntary recall affects one lot of 0.25% Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection, USP (NDC: 0409-1159-02, Lot 59-064- DK, Expiry … Continue reading

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Zithromax: An Overview of Potential Side Effects

Zithromax: An Overview of Potential Side Effects

Zithromax, known generically as azithromycin, is an antibiotic manufactured by Pfizer. It is used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections of the ears, lungs, sinuses, skin, throat and reproductive organs. Azithromycin is classified … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Zithromax Linked to Potential Liver Problems

Antibiotic Zithromax Linked to Potential Liver Problems

Zithromax is a widely used antibiotic that is most often used to treat bacterial sinus infections in adults and ear infections in children. Made by Pfizer, Zithromax was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992. Most … Continue reading

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