Product News and Recalls

Another report warns about metal-on-metal hip implants

A study published March 13 in The Lancet, one of the world’s most respected medical journals, calls on doctors to stop using metal-on-metal hip replacement devices because of concerns about high early failure rates and potentially toxic metal debris leaching off and getting into patients’ bloodstreams.

According to a report by CBS News, British researchers analyzed more than 400,000 hip replacements from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales between 2003 and 2011. They found that almost 6 percent of ...

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Government wants higher sanctions against Johnson & Johnson

The U.S. government is demanding that Johnson & Johnson add another $800 million to an initial proposal to settle a federal civil investigation into marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, Bloomberg reports.

According to Bloomberg, the Justice Department is demanding that the company pay about $1.8 billion to resolve the civil claims by the U.S. and some states.

The demand came after the Justice Department and states decided a $1 billion settlement that had been negotiated by the U.S. Attorney’s office in ...

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Bayer official: Operating cost cuts to put more drugs on market

An official with German pharmaceutical giant Bayer said during a conference call recently that the company intends to put substantial resources into getting new drugs out on the market.

During a recent conference call with J.P. Morgan Global, Jörg Reinhardt, the CEO of Bayer’s Healthcare Division, said a productivity and efficiency effort at the corporation is expected to produce an estimated $430 million in annual savings, “significant parts” of which will go toward development and launches of products.

“…We could already this ...

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Woman immobile, unable to work after hip implant

The Minnesota/St. Paul Star Tribune ran a story on March 12 featuring a woman whose DePuy metal-on-metal replacement hip failed prematurely, leaving her unable to work or walk. For a time, her kidneys and liver failed. She is also in pain. She blames it all on the artificial hip, the Star Tribune reports.

The report says that Wagner-Morley and thousands more like her throughout the United States have led medical professionals to question the idea of “metal-on-metal” devices, in which both ...

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Report spotlights Bayer birth control controversy

The National, an English-language newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates, published an account on March 12 of the controversy surrounding birth control pills that contain the synthetic hormone drospirenone.

Such pills include Yasmin, Yaz, Ocella and Beyaz, manufactured by Bayer.

The report mentions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel that met in December to vote on whether the benefits of the medications outweigh the risks, and eventually voted 15-11 to keep the medications on the market.

But subsequent investigations by the ...

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Medical journalist warns of deceptive practices

Medical investigative journalist Jeanne Lenzer has written a piece for the Website Reporting on Health, warning consumers about the stealth advertising techniques that the healthcare industry frequently uses to promote its products.

According to Lenzer, public relations professionals representing the industry frequently pay physicians or other medical professionals to endorse products or services, under the guise of making an independent and unconditional recommendation.

Other tactics include paying professional or patient advocacy groups to make a certain endorsement, and even creating such groups, ...

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