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Zimmer Estimates Over $600 Million on Durom Cup Hip Implant Claims

Zimmer Holdings Inc., manufacturer of the metal-on-metal Durom hip implant, estimates it will pay over $600 million to settle the Durom Cup metal hip implants lawsuits.  Plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege the Durom Cup suffers a high failure rate, premature loosening and subjects patients to metallosis. According to Zimmer’s September 30, 2012 Quarterly Report, Zimmer

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Antidepressants Can Increase Brain Bleed Stroke Risk

Antidepressants such as Lexapro, Zoloft and Paxil are linked to an increased risk of bleed strokes according to a recent study in Neurology.  Although the risk is low, is it is still a potential increased risk.  Daniel Hackam, MD, PHD, associate professor of medicine at Western University in London, Ontario commented, “The additional bleeding risk

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A Look into the Life of a Meningitis Victim

While there are currently 170 confirmed cases of meningitis, including fourteen deaths according to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the lives of those affected are forever changed. One of those victims was Diana Reed, 56, of Tennessee who cared for her husband, Wayne, who has Lou Gehrig’s Disease and is wheelchair bound, reported The

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2012 Ford Edge Recall Potential Fire Recall

Ford Motor Company is recalling certain 2012 Edge vehicles manufactured from September 2, 2010 through October 31, 2011 equipped with 2.0L engines due to fuel leaks that can cause a fire.   This Ford Edge recall affects almost 5,500 vehicles. Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel reported that Ford became aware of 12 instances of this occurring after

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Topical Pain Relievers such as Icy Hot and Bengay Can Cause Burns

On September 13, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued  a Safety Announcement warning of the risk of mild to severe chemical burns with use of certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical muscle and joint pain relievers such as Icy Hot, Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall, and Mentholatum. The FDA has already received 43 reported cases of burns

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2 Million Baby Bath Seats Recalled due to Skull Fractures

DETAILS: Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers manufactured by Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I.; sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online from September 2004 through November 2011. The bathers were manufactured in China. WHY: When the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the

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Ford Escape Recall

by Jerry Hirsch with L.A. Times – – Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall 11,500 of its newly redesigned and just introduced Escape sport utility vehicles to replace a fuel line, which could split, leak gasoline and set the vehicle on fire. The automaker took the unusual precaution of warning owners not to drive the vehicle and

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Risk of Cardiovascular Death Heightened by Use of Some Common Antibiotics

A new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that Azithromycin, also known as Zithromax or Z-Pac, use can increase the risk of cardiovascular death. A study was done of 3.5 million Medicaid patients in Tennessee and the findings indicate that those using Azithromycin were at a 3 times higher risk of

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Putting Generic Drugs on an Equal Playing Field

New proposed legislation would allow generic prescription drug makers to update their labels. This would be a big change because it would open generic drug makers up to liability for inadequate warning and labeling. Currently only brand-name drug manufacturers can change drug labeling and the generic drug companies then have to mirror those changes. Since

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FDA Cracks Down on Workout Supplement Manufacturers who Failed to Prove Safety of DMAA Products

The FDA has issued citations to 10 manufacturers of dimethylamylamine, more commonly known as DMAA. One of those manufacturers is USP Labs, LLC, the manufacturer of Oxy Elite Pro and Jack3D.  The FDA warnings stem from a violation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). This act requires that manufacturers of dietary supplements prove

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