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Failed metal hip replacements the horses out of the barn

Conducting a regulatory review process designed to “assure that patients had timely access to safe and effective medical devices,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center…

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Mirena side effects studied abroad

Studies in Japan and in Norway may contribute to the body of analysis of Mirena side effects.

Bayer’s Mirena intrauterine device has been the subject of lawsuits in which…

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Adverse reactions trigger another metal-on-metal hip implant recall

“A high incidence of adverse tissue reactions has been reported with metal-on-metal bearings with large heads” in the all-metal hip implants, according to a chapter in a March 2013…

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Revision surgery an increased risk of transvaginal mesh

There is recent evidence that treating prolapsed organs by implanting a transvaginal mesh, instead of by repairing native tissue, poses an increased risk of having to undergo corrective surgery,…

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Metal-on-metal hip lawsuit claims cover-up

A New York Times editorial Feb. 10 concluded that Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics “clearly has a lot of explaining to do” in the face of claims that the corporation…

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FDA right about transvaginal mesh warnings

Upon completion of their recently published study designed to “review the merit” of federal warnings about the transvaginal mesh, Texas and Louisiana researchers concluded that indeed…

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Metal-on-metal hip implant failures make patients the biggest losers

Applying the lyrics of Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” to the perennial whims of the stock market, this time of year reminds us that “You got to know when to hold ‘em,…

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FDA proposes metal-on-metal hip implant regulation

Under a proposed FDA rule published Jan. 18 in the Federal Register, manufacturers of each new metal-on-metal hip implant would be required to show scientific evidence that the device is safe…

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GranuFlo cases progress; maker stands by product

The maker of a recalled dialysis concentrate announced in December that it would stand by its product as lawsuits against the company make their way through the civil judicial process.

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Contraceptive vaginal ring subject of scientific inquiry

A study published in the December 2012 edition of The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care reported that the contraceptive vaginal ring was as acceptable as combined…