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Research Ties Avandia to Heart Woes

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Research Ties Avandia to Heart Woes

Hundreds of people taking Avandia, a controversial diabetes medicine, needlessly suffer heart attacks and heart failure each month, according to confidential government reports that recommend the drug be removed from the market.

The reports, obtained by The New York Times, say that if every diabetic now taking Avandia were instead given a similar pill named Actos, about 500 heart attacks and 300 cases of heart failure would be averted every month because Avandia can hurt the heart. Avandia, intended to treat Type 2 diabetes, is known as rosiglitazone and was linked to 304 deaths during the third quarter of 2009.

“Rosiglitazone should be removed from the market,” one report, by Dr. David Graham and Dr. Kate Gelperin of the Food and Drug Administration, concludes. Both authors recommended that Avandia be withdrawn.

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Studies Link Rare Ailment to Pain Pumps

admin » 12 February 2010 » In Defective Products, Mass Tort » No Comments

Studies Link Rare Ailment to Pain Pumps

When the first cases popped up in orthopedic journals, they read like medical mysteries. Surgeons around the country reported that several active young patients had suddenly developed chondrolysis, a relatively rare ailment in which joint cartilage dies, leaving bone to grind on bone.

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Chondrolysis has ended the athletic careers of dozens of high school and college students. In the most severe cases, it has required joint replacements. Many sufferers face lifetimes of pain and disability.

“I’ve lost so many hours of sleep over this, I can’t tell you,” said Dr. David S. Bailie, an orthopedic surgeon in Scottsdale, Ariz., who said he had seen dozens of cases of chondrolysis since 2005. “There’s nothing worse than a surgeon doing something that causes a problem, not fixes a problem.”

Although it is still unknown why chondrolysis develops, several medical studies have concluded that a likely culprit is a pain pump, a postsurgical medical device used to deliver local anesthetics to a specific area through a plastic tube.

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Google Buzz Goes Social

admin » 09 February 2010 » In Google, Social Media, Tech News » No Comments

Google Buzz Goes Social

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It’s official: Google has just announced Google Buzz, its newest push into the social media foray. This confirms earlier reports of Gmail integrating a social status feature.

On stage revealing the new product was Bradley Horowitz, Google’s vice president for product management. While introducing the product, Mr. Horowitz focused on the human penchant for sharing experiences and the social media phenomenon of wanting to share it in real time. These two key themes were core philosophies behind Google Buzz.

“It’s becoming harder and harder to find signal in the noise,” Bradley stated before introducing the product manager for Google Buzz, Todd Jackson.

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2010 Super Bowl: Google search touchdowns

admin » 08 February 2010 » In Google, Search Engines » No Comments

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2010 Super Bowl: Google search touchdowns

While 106 American football players sought yardage in the 2010 Super Bowl, millions of people sought information related to the big game from Google search. We looked at some game-day search trends and data* to see what football fans were searching for this year.

Most searched-for team
To the victor of this year’s big game went the search spoils: The New Orleans Saints captured both the NFL championship and the lion’s share of Super Bowl team searches in 2010.

Most searched-for player
For leading the New Orleans Saints to their 31–17 win over the Indianapolis Colts — with 288 yards, two touchdowns and 32 of 39 passes completed — quarterback Drew Brees won the Most Valuable Player award. But Peyton Manning earned the status of the Super Bowl’s most searched-for player, beating out some tough competition and followed by Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Hank Baskett and Scott Fujita.

Many fans of Reggie Bush also expressed interest in his girlfriend Kim Kardashian; searches for her name, both on its own and linked with Reggie Bush’s, spiked significantly during the game. Additionally, search volume for football great Walter Payton — after whom the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award was named — was as high as that for some of the game’s top five most searched-for players.

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Levaquin makers Johnson & Johnson under fire for potential kickbacks

admin » 05 February 2010 » In Defective Products, Mass Tort » No Comments

Levaquin makers Johnson & Johnson under fire for potential kickbacks

Johnson & Johnson, the New Brunswick-based health care giant, allegedly paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to influence the prescriptions one of the nation’s largest pharmacies wrote for nursing home patients, according to a complaint filed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney in Boston.

Omnicare’s annual purchases of Johnson & Johnson’s antipsychotic Risperdal nearly tripled during the five-year-period it received payments from the drugmaker, according to the complaint.

Sales of the antibiotic Levaquin also surged — overtaking sales of Cipro — as a result of a so-called initiative Johnson & Johnson’s sales force forged with Omnicare during a period between 1999 to 2004.

According to the complaint, Johnson & Johnson knew Omnicare’s pharmacists regularly made recommendations to physicians about the drugs that should be prescribed to nursing home patients.

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Dawning of New Decade of Corporate Accountability

admin » 03 February 2010 » In Legal News » No Comments

Dawning of New Decade of Corporate Accountability

With the last ten years marred by a culture of protecting negligent corporations, the worst financial crisis in a generation, and a constant assault on the rights of workers and consumers, the American people will increasingly demand stronger consumer protections and resist big business attempts to undermine the civil justice system, said American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Anthony Tarricone at a press briefing today.

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Coming off an era in which corporations – from Enron to AIG – were allowed to trump the interests of everyday Americans, the civil justice system will be the centerpiece of a new “decade of corporate accountability” that will balance the playing field that today tilts too much in favor of powerful corporate interests.

“During the last decade, we saw a dismantling of regulations and our legal system for the benefit of big corporations and to the severe detriment of patients and consumers,” said Tarricone. “Americans simply want safe products, fewer unnecessary injuries and a restoration of checks and balances that give people a fair chance to receive justice. A strong civil justice system is part of this equation, and plays a necessary role in holding wrongdoers accountable.”

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