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Illegal marketing practices are common

Illegal practices by a Pennsylvania-based company called Synthes have been linked to the deaths of five patients. But according to a story on the affair by Fortune magazine, those practices are common among manufacturers of medical devices.

Four high-ranking executives are doing jail time for their role in “off-label marketing” of a bone cement called Norian XR. That occurs when manufacturers specifically market a product for a use not approved by the ...

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Advice for people who had a stroke

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides some advice for people who have suffered a stroke. According to the CDC, post-stroke care may involve emergency care, treatment to prevent another stroke, or some combination of the three.

A stroke may occur when a blood vessel bursts in the brain, which is called a “hemorrhagic stroke.” But about 85 percent of all strokes are “ischemic,” meaning that blood flow to the ...

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CDC lists different types of stroke

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 85 percent of all strokes are “ischemic.” That means the blood flow to the brain is blocked – either by blood clots, or by fatty deposits in blood vessel linings called plaque.

Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, diabetes, long periods of physical inactivity and a family history of stroke. Use of birth control pills can increase the risk ...

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J&J bought troubled Norian XR manufacturer to help own reputation

The Pennsylvania-based company Synthes produced a bone cement called Norian XR, which has been linked to the deaths of five patients who received it for spine surgery. Four high-ranking Synthes executives ended up doing jail time for their role in illegally marketing Norian, despite allegedly being aware of the health risks it presented.

Ironically, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson acquired Synthes specifically as a means of dealing with damage to J&J’s own reputation in the wake of what Fortune magazine describes ...

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Synthes accused of illegally testing Norian bone cement on people

Fortune magazine recently published an article called “Bad to the Bone: A Medical Horror Story.”

The story concerns a Pennsylvania-based company called Synthes, which developed and marketed a bone cement called Norian XR for the ostensible purpose of repairing spine injuries. Norian led to the deaths of at least five patients, and jail time for four high-ranking Synthes executives.

As Fortune describes it, Synthes illegally marketed Norian despite increasing evidence that it might be dangerous. In effect, the company created a situation ...

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Despite FTC decision, problems persist for Yaz maker

The Federal Trade Commission found no evidence that antitrust regulations were breached in a deal between German drugmaker Bayer AG and a division of Teva Pharmaceuticals to end patent litigation over Bayer’s Yasmin birth control pill.

Fox Business reports that the FTC had been investigating a deal made by Bayer and Barr Laboratories, which was purchased by Teva, in 2008. It was supposed to settle a three-year fight over whether Barr infringed ...

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