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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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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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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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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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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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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Analysis Raises Questions about How Device Makers Label Patient Deaths

Questions Rise about How Device Makers Label Patient Deaths

Medical device manufacturers are required to report any event that “reasonably suggests a device may have caused or contributed to a death or serious injury.” Madris Tomes, a former FDA consultant, conducted an analysis showing that 4,000 patient deaths were … Continue reading

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Fluoroquinolone Injuries are Among the Most Frequently Reported Drug Side Effects

Fluoroquinolone Injuries are Among Listed Drug Side Effects

According to a new report, antibiotics in the same class as Avelox (moxifloxacin) were the drugs most frequently associated with reports of persistent adverse effects in 2015. The report appeared in QuarterWatch, a publication of the Institute for Safe Medication … 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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