Archive for August, 2010

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Hip Implants

More than two years after the Food and Drug Administration began receiving complaints about the failure of a hip replacement implant made by the DePuy Orthopedics unit of Johnson & Johnson, the company said Thursday that it was recalling two kinds of hip implants. DePuy said that it had made the decision to withdraw the products because many patients required a second hip replacement after the company’s implants had failed.

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FDA Warns Consumers to Avoid TimeOut Capsules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to take TimeOut Capsules because it contains an active drug ingredient that can dangerously lower blood pressure. The product is marketed as a dietary supplement for sexual enhancement. TimeOut is labeled as “100% natural” and consumers may mistakenly assume the product is harmless and poses no health risk.

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Acuvue Contact Lenses Are Recalled in Asia and Europe

The eye care unit of Johnson & Johnson said on Monday that it was recalling several million disposable soft contact lenses sold primarily in Japan, but also in five other countries in Asia and 19 counties in Europe.The recall of 1-Day Acuvue TruEye does not include soft disposable lenses sold in the United States or other countries under the same brand name, the company said.

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FDA Raises Safety Concerns About Proposed Jazz Fibromyalgia Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised safety concerns about a proposed Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc. drug to treat the pain disorder fibromyalgia, including the potential for misuse and abuse of the product. The drug, which is currently sold under the brand name Xyrem to treat narcolepsy, faces a review Friday during a joint meeting of the FDA’s arthritis and drug safety advisory committees. The FDA posted background documents prepared for the meeting on its website Wednesday.

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