Some items of interest while you eat turkey sandwiches for lunch, today:
- Class-1 recall of Stryker’s Navigation System II: 23 of these units are potentially faulty. The device is a computer-aided surgery platform that performs hip, spine, knee, neuro and ENT surgeries. The computer may not work properly, which could lead to serious injury or death. Stryker is also a manufacturer of shoulder pain pumps.
- Second bellwether Fosamax case dismissed:
Judge Keenan (S.D. New York) dismissed the second of three Fosamax bellwether cases last week because of lack of specific causation (proof that Fosamax caused her injury, which is different from general causation—proof that Fosamax can cause these types of injuries). The third case is set for an April 2010 trial.
- Making drug safety information more accessible to patients: discusses the labeling of drugs, and whether those labels are sufficient for detailing drug efficacy and safety issues (hat tip to Tom Lamb at www.DrugInjuryWatch.com).
- AstraZeneca performs its own Seroquel study—surprised at what they found? Dr. Paul Woolf, a paid consultant who has received more than $216,000 from AstraZeneca, intends to testify that he reviewed AstraZeneca’s 2004 study on Seroquel, and that it shows the drug does not significantly affect blood-sugar levels. See our other blog posts on Seroquel and the findings of other studies (including AstraZeneca’s own covered-up research).