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Wrongful death case involving woman’s surgery settled for $5.5 million
Friday, October 6th, 2017

In 2013, April Strange, a 33-year-old woman from central Illinois, had an elective surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth from her liver. During the operation, the doctor used a surgical stapler to cut a blood vessel but did not seal the vessel. As a result, Mrs. Strange went into cardiac arrest from the blood loss […]

New Devices Promise Faster Detection of Brain Injuries
Friday, January 6th, 2012

Traumatic brain injuries affected more than 155,000 men and women in uniform in just the past decade. Brain trauma can be very hard to diagnose, since the victim may not exhibit external signs of injury, and detecting equipment like CT scanners are not always readily available. ProPublica reports the advance of two potential solutions on […]

FDA Warns Against Use of Injector to Administer Flu Vaccine
Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The FDA recently advised health care professionals not to use injector devices to administer influenza vaccines due to concerns about effectiveness and safety. Currently, only one vaccine, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), is approved for administration by jet injector. In contrast, influenza vaccines have been approved by the FDA for administration by needle injection or […]

The Danger of Buying Stolen Blood Glucose Monitoring Products
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

As the population ages, the incidence of diabetes is on the rise. More diabetics means greater demand for blood glucose monitoring products. It is in this vein that we report on the recent theft of a tractor-trailer shipment of Abbott Laboratories blood glucose monitoring products from a shipping carrier facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Stolen blood […]

Cardiac Stent Manufacturers Provide Majority of Funding to Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

In the latest in a series of articles about disquieting financial ties between the medical community and the drug & medical device industry, ProPublica exposes that The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions received the majority of its funding from medical device makers who produce cardiac stents, like Abbott Laboratories and Medtronic. What makes this […]

Why is a doctor’s society funded by drug companies?
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

USA Today in conjunction with ProPublica has shed light on a troubling relationship between medical professional groups—which set national guidelines for treatments, lobby Congress, promote disease awareness, and provide treatment information for the public—and medical device and drug companies. The article uses the example of the Heart Rhythm Society, one of few medical groups that […]

Medennium SMARTPlugs For Dry Eye May Pose Eye Infection Risk
Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Dry eye syndrome occurs when tears aren't able to provide adequate moisture for your eyes for any of a number or reasons. The eyes of individuals with this condition may sting or burn. One treatment for dry eyes has been the insertion of "plugs" that increase the patient’s own natural tears on the ocular surface. One popular plug, […]

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Cancer by FDA
Monday, March 7th, 2011

In late January, the FDA announced that it had found a possible link between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The FDA stated that it believes that women with breast implants may have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL adjacent to […]

FDA Exercises Poor Oversight Over TMJ Device Manufacturers and Patients With TMJ Implants Suffer the Painful Consequences
Monday, November 29th, 2010

More than 10 million Americans suffer from a condition known temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, which causes varying levels of dysfunction and pain in and around the joint connecting the jaw to the head. Surgeons have sought to alleviate the condition by implanting artifical jaw joints in patients. But frequently these TMJ implants have broken down, […]

FDA Recalls Sigma Spectrum Infusion Pump Model 35700
Friday, November 12th, 2010

FDA notified healthcare professionals of the class 1 recall of the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion Pump Model 35700, which is used to deliver fluids, solutions, drugs, agents, nutritionals, electrolytes, blood and blood products via parenteral, enteral, intravenous, intra-arterial, subcutaneous, epidural, or irrigation routes of administration. The units may fail suddenly, causing inaccurate flow conditions during use, […]