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Woman’s IVC filter punctured aortic wall

Susie Allen was only 49 years old when she was implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter, a tiny, cage-like device placed inside the inferior vena cava (IVC) – a large vein that delivers deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities – designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart. But something went horribly wrong. In January 2012, nearly four years after receiving the IVC filter, doctors discovered that the device had fractured inside her body. In July 2013, doctors discovered that one of the fractured legs of the filter had perforated her aortic wall – the main artery ... Read More

Two Florida hospitals sue opioid makers for fueling abuse

Two Florida hospitals filed lawsuits against a group of pharmacies, drug makers, and drug distributors, accusing them of bolstering the nation’s opioid epidemic by filling suspicious prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers and downplaying the risks associated with the drugs. Baptist Hospital Inc., and Jay Hospital Inc., filed suit against distributors McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and AmerisourceBergen; pharmacies CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; and manufacturers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and its unit Cephalon Inc., Endo Health Solutions Inc., Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals; and Actavis Inc., and its units Allergan ... Read More

NZ residents push for ban of hernia mesh

New Zealand’s medical authority Medsafe has banned the use of surgical mesh for gynecological procedures like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, effective Jan. 4, 2018. Now some residents are calling for an even wider ban of the products, arguing that similar complications can occur when the mesh is used for hernia repair and it should be banned outright. Karyn Freer was implanted with a hernia mesh but was in so much pain that she underwent surgery to remove the mesh. She died in June 2014, while still recovering from hernia mesh removal surgery. Mesh for hernia repair as ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Deadly Charter Airplane Crash Near San Diego

Federal investigators are looking for answers in an airplane crash that destroyed a San Diego-area home Saturday evening, killing two passengers and a dog on the ground. According to NBC 7 San Diego, a single-engine Beechcraft charter plane operated by Altitude Aviation of Hermosa Beach crashed into the back of a Clairemont, California home around 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The explosion the airplane crash created and ensuing fire destroyed the home and everything inside. Four people including the pilot were aboard the charter plane. The airplane crash killed two of the passengers. The pilot and another passenger survived with injuries. ... Read More

PA Xarelto trials focus on US bleeding risks

The first Xarelto side effects bellwether trial in a pool of about 1,500 pending in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas resulted in a $28 million verdict in favor of Lynn Hartman, who sued Xarelto makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer alleging Xarelto caused her to bleed internally. The next trials in Philadelphia are scheduled for March, April, May and June. Apart from the cases pending in the Philadelphia mass tort program, another 18,000 lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Eastern District of Louisiana are pending. Three have been tried and fell in favor of ... Read More

CSPI calls for ban of supplements that claim to treat opioid addiction

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the sale of dietary supplements that claim to treat opioid addiction, and for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit supplement companies from making false claims on websites and ads. “These supplement companies are giving false hope to people who are desperate to get better,” says Bachaar Arnaout, an addiction psychiatrist and assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine. “The danger people face by being misled is that they will be resorting to ineffective products, instead of evidence-based treatments, ... Read More

Endo faces more testosterone side effects trials

Endo Pharmaceutical may have gotten a pass on the latest testosterone side effects trial, but its problems are far from resolved. The drug company faces nearly 1,300 lawsuits involving its testosterone replacement therapy Testim, as well as other testosterone products it markets, in state and federal courts. Endo faced the third trial in a class action lawsuit against several manufacturers of testosterone treatments over claims that the drugs caused cardiovascular side effects including heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and death. The first two trials were waged against AbbVie Inc., maker of the blockbuster testosterone treatment AndroGel, and resulted in verdicts ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion Tears Up Hawaii Man’s Face

A Hawaii man says is considering a lawsuit after an e-cigarette exploded in his face, blowing out four of his teeth and ripping up his mouth. Twenty-five-year-old Matt Yamashita of Pearl City told HawaiiNewsNow that he was getting ready to play basketball at Pacific Palisades Park in Pearl City and wanted to vape before he started playing. “As soon as I took that first rip, it just blew up in my face,” he told HawaiiNewsNow. In addition to losing some of his teeth, Mr. Yamashita suffered facial lacerations and burns. He has about 40 stitches “holding his mouth together,” HawaiiNewsNow ... Read More

Nursing home abuse on the rise in U.S.

Nearly a third of the 17,000 nursing homes in the U.S. were cited for instances of abuse over a two-year period from January 1999 to January 2001, according to a newly released congressional report. The abuse and neglect most often seen included untreated bedsores, inadequate medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. More than 1,600 cases of nursing home abuse involved violations that were serious enough “to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury,” the report stated. The report includes cases of physical and sexual ... Read More

Texans’ Tom Savage Returned To Game With Concussion

Concussion experts, professional athletes, NFL fans, and others expressed their shock and disgust that Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was returned to play in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers immediately after being hit and clearly showing signs of concussion. Mr. Savage remained on the ground after being hit on a third-down play, his arms outstretched and twitching in a seizure-like manner known to concussion experts as a “fencing response.” Team doctors evaluated Mr. Savage on the field, but instead of docking him and getting him the treatment he needed, they returned him to the game. It wasn’t until he ... Read More