May 2011 Archives

May 23, 2011

Zimmer Introduces New Tool For Use In Defective Knee Revision Surgeries

Zimmer Holdings - maker of the defective Zimmer NexGen knee replacements - has recently announced that it has developed a complete set of Trabecular Metal material augment shapes and cones to be used in knee revision surgeries.

These new augments are intended to fill any size bone defects detected while performing surgery, and supposed to provide structural replacement of the bone even in the most critical knee revision surgeries.

Although this is good news for the numerous patients who suffer problems after receiving the Zimmer NexGen knee it is unfortunate that the need for revision surgeries exists at all. Over the last several months the FDA as well as numerous physicians have urged a recall of the Zimmer NexGen Knee due to serious problems and component failures in the knee replacements necessitating additional surgeries.

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May 8, 2011

Topamax May Alter Effectiveness Of Birth Control Pills

Recent reports indicate that in addition to problems such as cleft palates and cleft lip from taking Topamax, Topamax may cause oral contraceptives to loose their effectiveness.

Topamax (topiramate) is a popular migraine and seizure medication that has been recently revised by the FDA as a "Class D" pregnancy drug - i.e. one where significant evidence exists that the drug may cause harm to a fetus during pregnancy. Now, combined with evidence that Topamax may render certain birth control ineffective, physicians are urged to inform patients of the danger of Topamax and oral contraceptive interactions.

In addition to the potential for birth defects, patients taking Topamax have developed eye disorders such as glaucoma and acute myopia.

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