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Spoliation and Sanctions

02/19/2014
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Spoliation of evidence has been defined by the courts as “the destruction or significant alteration of evidence, or the failure to preserve property for another’s use as evidence in pending or reasonably foreseeable litigation.” The concept behind this word defies one of the basic tenants in our legal system – […]

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Cobalt Poisoning Cases Identified With No Hip Pain Symptoms

02/12/2014
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Two separate medical cases, published in leading medical journals the same week, highlight mysterious symptoms that were eventually attributed to metal poisoning from a metal-on-metal (MoM) hip prosthesis. A paper published February 8, in the British medical journal, The Lancet, described a German patient’s quest for an accurate diagnosis. His […]

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FDA Recalls Dietary Supplement for Failure

02/11/2014
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Stemvida International Corporation of Ontario, California, manufacturer of StemAlive, has issued a voluntary recall of its StemAlive 90 Capsules. While dietary supplements are regulated under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, responsibility for labeling, including ingredients and safe usage, is left to the manufacturer. The FDA reports that […]

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FDA Eyes Pradaxa Again

02/6/2014
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Despite all the company assurances that the anticoagulant Pradaxa is a superior alternative to warfarin, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to once again compare the two. Pradaxa was approved in 2010 but has since then brought a high complication rate to its users  – including dangerous and uncontrolled bleeding […]

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FDA: Medtronic Guidewires High-Risk Recall

01/14/2014
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In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of certain guidewires made by Medtronic, Inc. Patient complication reports were reported to the FDA and the company concerning the coating on the wire’s surface that had the potential to detach and delaminate. Medtronic began notifying hospitals and […]

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