Archive for March, 2013

FDA warns doctors and patients of deaths related to Stryker surgical devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it has received additional death and injury reports related to Stryker Corporation medical devices. Stryker’s Neptune waste management system was designed to remove fluids from patients, but reportedly has caused serious injury or death to patients in surgery.

Read more about complications linked to Stryker devices…

Bayer settles gallbladder claims linked to Yaz and Yasmin

Bayer Pharmaceuticals has agreed to settle Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits alleging that the birth control pills caused gallbladder problems. The drug manufacturer will pay up to $24 million to patients who contracted gallbladder disease.

Read more about the Yaz gallbladder settlements…

New study evaluates risks associated with transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse

A new study has found that transvaginal mesh complications are more likely to occur in younger women, or those with less prominent prolapse. The study specifically involved women who received the surgical mesh device to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Read more about transvaginal mesh complications…

Georgia compounding pharmacy issues recalls

Until further notice, health care providers should stop using all sterile products distributed by Clinical Specialties Compounding and return them to the company, the FDA said. The FDA had previously reported the five cases of serious eye infection from injections of the cancer drug Avastin, which was prepared by Clinical Specialties Compounding Pharmacy (CSCP) to treat the eyesight robbing disease macular degeneration. The drug is not approved for that use, but when cut into doses appropriate for the eye it is substantially cheaper than similar drugs approved for the eye condition.

Read more about the macular degeneration drug recall…

BioMet Hip Replacement Lawyers Website Launched by Hissey Kientz Law Firm

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, BioMet Hip Replacement Lawyers. The site will serve as a source for legal news and medical information for patients who have experienced complications caused by the BioMet M2a Magnum hip replacement system.

Read more about complications caused by BioMet hip replacements…

Nurse discovered mold in New Jersey compounder’s product

A sharp-eyed nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut is being credited with raising a warning last week about floating mold in vital intravenous drugs, prompting a mass recall — and possibly averting serious infections in patients in at least four states. The nurse spotted the debris in a bag of magnesium sulfate IV solution as part of a routine safety check, according to spokesman Rob Hutchison.

Read more about the contaminated IV solution…

BioMet UK reveals safety concern over its medical device

BioMet UK has issued a warning to surgeons not to perform surgery for its knee replacement medical device after discovering the components do not fit together. The company said that if a surgeon were to begin surgery with the device, it would not be able to be completed.

Read more about BioMet safety issues…

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