Archive for May, 2013

Northwestern received dialysis clinic approval despite Fresenius objections

Northwestern University in Chicago has received approval to build its own dialysis clinic and shut down the clinic currently used by the school and operated by Fresenius Medical Care. The new clinic would be run by the NU Feinberg Medical School, as opposed to being ran by the for-profit dialysis giant Fresenius.

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Nearly 60,000 Mirena complaints made since 2004

An investigative report by an Arizona news stations found that nearly 60,000 Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) complaints have been made to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2004. Among the most common Mirena IUD complaints are involuntary expulsion, abdominal pain and uterine perforation.

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BBC reports more safety information needed for hip replacement

The British Broadcasting Company along with Independent released a report claiming that more evidence is needed to determine long-term safety of metal-on-metal hip replacements, such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacements. The report includes some information reported in The Lancet medical journal.

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New study shows increased failure rate for transvaginal mesh

A new study has found that transvaginal mesh fails nearly one third of all patients within 7 years of receiving the device. Published in the Journal of American Medical Association, the study followed 215 women who received transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse for 7 years.

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Bayer plans on buying new contraceptive device despite Mirena lawsuits

Bayer Pharmaceuticals plans on buying California-based company Conceptus and its contraceptive device Essure for $1.1 billion, despite facing lawsuits for its own contraceptive device Mirena. Essure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 and is a permanent contraceptive device, unlike Bayer’s intrauterine devices (IUD) Mirena and Skyla.

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Migraine medicine Depakote may lower child’s IQ

The Food and Drug Administration is warning pregnant women who suffer from migraines that a drug commonly used to treat the debilitating headaches could lower a child’s IQ by eight to 11 points. The drug known as Depakote is changing from a Category D classification — meaning the drug is acceptable despite potential risks — to a Category X drug, denoting that risks outweigh possible benefits.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Video Launched by Hissey Kientz Law Firm

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of a new Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit video on their YouTube channel. The Hissey Kientz, LLP channel is a resource for legal news and medical information for patients who have experienced complications caused by transvaginal mesh implants and other potentially harmful drugs and devices.

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