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2009-05-04 13:55:00

Breakthrough Software Taps Into Electronic Medical Records; Patient Privacy is Protected NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clinical research studies at Montefiore Medical Center used to take months, required a committee of physicians and data experts and involved an elaborate research review process. Now, many of these studies are performed by a single clinician in a matter of minutes using a breakthrough software called Clinical Looking Glass (CLG). "This remarkable software...

2009-04-02 08:00:00

However, Most Surveyed MCOs Say They Will Not Provide Reimbursement for Xarelto if its Only Advantage in Stroke Prevention is Greater Convenience, According to a New Report from Decision Resources WALTHAM, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that, for prevention of stroke, surveyed cardiologists estimate they will prescribe Bayer/Johnson & Johnson's Xarelto to 36 percent...

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2009-01-01 15:42:40

The FDA posted a letter to its Web site on Wednesday from Celgene Corp. warning users of blood-clot busting drug Innohep that new findings suggest the drug may lead to death in the elderly. The letter urges doctors to suggest alternative drugs for patients with a blood clot condition known as deep vein thrombosis due to newly-reported findings from Europe that suggest patients 70 years and older who took Innohep may be susceptible to kidney failure. "We now regard the risks for Innohep as...

2008-12-22 11:36:24

The cause of an outbreak of severe adverse reactions that occurred at hemodialysis facilities across the country early this year has been identified. Vials of heparin manufactured by Baxter Healthcare and contaminated with oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS) have been shown to be responsible for a widespread outbreak of adverse reactions to hemodialysis treatment that affected 152 people and covered 13 states. Reactions to the contaminated heparin included facial edema, or swelling, low...

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2008-12-16 10:37:29

Actor Dennis Quaid has agreed to a $750,000 settlement in his case against the Los Angeles hospital that accidentally overdosed his newborn twins with Heparin. People.com said the agreement that would settle Quaid's and his wife Kimberly's lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, regarding the 2007 blood-thinner mishap, is pending the approval of a Los Angeles judge. The settlement is the result of extensive negotiations between the parties and their respective legal representatives, and...

2008-11-19 22:54:24

University of Michigan researchers say they have demonstrated a simple, inexpensive method of detecting contaminants in the blood-thinning drug heparin. Mark Meyerhoff said heparin is highly effective when used to prevent and treat blood clots in veins, arteries and lungs, but this year its reputation as a lifesaver was sullied when contaminated heparin products caused serious allergic reactions that led to a large number of deaths. The new method, described in the journal Analytical...

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2008-11-18 13:50:00

The blood-thinning drug heparin is highly effective when used to prevent and treat blood clots in veins, arteries and lungs, but earlier this year its reputation as a lifesaver was sullied when contaminated heparin products caused serious allergic reactions that led to a large number of deaths. Now, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated a simple, inexpensive method for detecting contaminants in heparin, a development that could prevent such tragedies in the future. The new...

2008-11-07 06:00:03

By Elizabeth Weise Frustrated after twice asking a Cincinnati-based manufacturer of medical products to recall contaminated heparin, the Food and Drug Administration took the rare step Thursday of sending U.S. marshals to seize 11 lots of the blood-thinning drug. The company, Celsus Laboratories, distributes heparin to drug and medical-device manufacturers both in the United States and internationally. FDA testing in January found that large amounts of Chinese raw heparin imported...

2008-11-06 16:40:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the Thursday seizure of 11 lots of contaminated heparin from Celsus Laboratories Inc. in Cincinnati. Officials said the five lots of Heparin Sodium Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient and six lots of Heparin Lithium were seized at the FDA's request by U.S. Marshals. "These products, which were manufactured from material imported from China, had been found by the agency to be contaminated with over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate, a substance that...

2008-10-15 03:00:22

Regado Biosciences has completed enrollment in the Phase IIa clinical study of its REG1 anticoagulation system in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention. REG1 is a two-component system composed of an aptamer-based anticoagulant, RB006, and its matched, active reversal agent, RB007, which specifically binds to and neutralizes RB006. The Phase IIa study (Reversal-PCI) is designed to assess whether REG1 can replace standard heparin therapy during the performance of...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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