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Study Casts Doubt on Plavix-Aspirin Combo for Stroke Prevention

A new study found that the Plavix-aspirin combination for stroke prevention might not be as effective or safe as initially believed. The research revealed that the combination was no better than aspirin alone in second stroke prevention for people whose first stroke was—for the most part—the result of high blood pressure, said HealthDay News. The Canadian researchers noted that the Plavix-aspirin combination also increased risks for gastrointestinal bleeding and death. (more…)

Statutes of Limitations Could Jeopardize Some DePuy ASR Hip Implant Claims

A statute of limitation could put some DePuy ASR hip implant claims in jeopardy, a potential relief to beleaguered Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics.

If states and judges intend on upholding a two-year statute of limitation on filed claims, some patients may find themselves out of time to file lawsuits against DePuy over its ASR hip implants, said Mass Device. The recall’s two-year anniversary just passed this month. (more…)

Consumer Reports Slams Generic Actos

Consumer Reports has slammed the generic versions of the Type 2 diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone), recently approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Not only does Consumer Reports suggest skipping the two generics, but it also urges consumers against using the Actos brand unless other options have failed, it said. In fact, said the long-time product comparison expert, Actos/pioglitazone can lead to serious adverse events including heart attack, bone fractures, and bladder cancer. Other diabetes drugs are considered better first options. (more…)

St. Jude Riata Lead Wire Patients Face Big Medical Bills

Faulty St. Jude Riata lead wire patients are facing large medical bills over the recalled heart device manufactured by St. Jude Medical Inc.

According to The Wall Street Journal, although St. Jude Medical covers some of the costs of device replacement, and insurers and Medicare do cover some of the costs of replacement surgeries, patients are responsible for co-payments, travel expenses, and other costs, which could total in the thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, more and more, surgeons are removing the defective leads, even if they do work—a costly and dangerous procedure. (more…)

Study Raises New Concerns On St. Jude Durata Lead Wires

A new study is raising new concerns about St. Jude’s Durata lead wires. The devices shock irregular heart rhythms back to a normal rhythm.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some of the design changes made to the new Durata heart devices did not stop potentially life threatening problems that were issues with earlier, recalled device versions. The study on which the Journal based its report was published online, yesterday, in Europace. (more…)

Johnson & Johnson Settles First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson has settled its first DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits, the first of some 8,000 filed over it defective, recalled hip implants.

Following its 2010 recall, the device maker agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve the first three cases in the litigation, said, citing those familiar with the issue. The cases involve actions brought about in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)

Johns Hopkins Reports Rise in Magnet Toy Injuries

An emerging Johns Hopkins report indicates a rise in magnet toy injuries to children. According to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, ingestion of mini, rare earth magnets is increasing and posing health issues for children, said WALB.

Meanwhile, noted WALB, U.S. consumer advocates are fighting to have the magnets banned, pointing out that smaller magnets—Zen Magnets and BuckyBalls, for instance—while marketed for older children or adults, are causing problems in younger children. The dangerous, rare earth magnets are small and circular, and so powerful that they can find themselves inside a body if they are ingested, which can lead to significant internal injury. (more…)

FDA Says Riata Lead Patients Need X-Rays

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says that Riata Lead patents need to undergo X-ray or other imaging on the implanted heart defibrillators.

The FDA now recommends that patients with St. Jude Medical implantable heart defibrillators with Riata and Riata ST leads should receive imaging to check for abnormalities in the insulation surrounding the lead—a wire attached to the device that is inserted into the heart. (more…)

FDA: Giving Children Codeine Post-Surgery Raises Death Risk for Some

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that treating children with codeine after surgery might increase their risk of death. To date three children—ages two to five—have died and one child suffered a nonfatal, but serious and life-threatening case of respiratory depression after codeine treatment following surgery to remove tonsils and/or adenoids.

The surgeries were performed to treat obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, a condition that results in repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep, the FDA explained. The children received codeine within the typical dose range. (more…)

Metal-On-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Named in 1,800 Lawsuits

The metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant has been named in 1,800 lawsuits and more are expected.

The defective Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits concern problems with the version that consists of an all-metal design, which is allegedly associated with serious risks for permanent injuries, including tissue and organ damage. Like other metal-on-metal hip implants, the DePuy Pinnacle model is prone to shed small metal fragments through normal implant wear-and-tear, which causes an accumulation of the toxic metals cobalt and chromium in the patient’s body. If not resolved, dangerous complications, including the growth of small tumors, death to muscle and tissue, and organ damage, can occur. (more…)




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