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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher’s Financial Ties to Takeda

Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Cymbalta Plaintiffs Seek to Have 28 Suits Centralized in a Multidistrict Litigation

Cymbalta-Class-Action-LawsuitThe plaintiffs in 28 lawsuits over the antidepressant drug Cymbalta have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize the actions in California (In Re: Cymbalta Products Liability Litigation).

The plaintiffs allege that drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. deceived patients about the negative withdrawal reactions they would experience when they ended treatment with Cymbalta (duloxetine).  The reactions include “brain zaps” – electric shock sensations – and other adverse health reactions. On August 15, 2014, the plaintiffs asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize their lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation in California. “Coordination of these lawsuits will ensure that redundancies and discovery efforts are not duplicated,” said Gary Falkowitz, managing attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. Continue reading

Posted in Clear Care Contact Lens Cleaning Solution, Health Concerns, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Antibiotic May Raise Heart Risks for Some Patients

Antibiotic-Raise-Heart-RisksA new study in the BMJ suggests that the antibiotic clarithromycin may increase some patients’ risk of dying from heart-related causes.

Clarithromycin is prescribed for millions of people each year, HealthDay reports. The Danish research group that conducted the study said their findings require confirmation. Clarithromycin and the antibiotic roxithromycin are drugs in the group of antibiotics called macrolides. The researchers believe that macrolides increase the risk of potentially deadly heart rhythm problems in some patients. The study was published online in the BMJ on August 19. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Class I Recall: Diamondback 360 Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy System

Recall_Peripheral_Orbital_Atherectomy_SystemThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that Cardiovascular Systems is recalling some lots of its Diamondback 360 Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Systems.

The agency has deemed this recall a Class I, its most serious type of recall designation and one that involves situations in which a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product may cause serious adverse health consequences, or death. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

DMAA-Containing Dietary Supplement Recalled

controversial-ingredient-DMAAAccording to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal.” Despite this, products containing this banned substance continue to be sold to consumers.

For example, Regenaca Worldwide just recalled diet capsules containing DMAA, according to NutrainIngredients. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine; methylhexanamine; or geranium extract and is typically used as a stimulant, as a pre-workout product, and as a weight loss ingredient in dietary supplement products, according to the FDA. Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls |

NHTSA Investigates Fire Truck Recall

firetruck-recallThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into whether the repair made to 156 fire trucks recalled in 2013 adequately fixed the problem with the trucks’ aerial ladders, which can unexpectedly fall.

Late last year Sutphen Corp. recalled 156 aerial platform trucks from model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The company initiated another recall last week, hours after three Georgia firefighters were injured during a training session when a five-section ladder  unexpectedly retracted more than 20 feet before it jammed. The firefighters were in the bucket atop the ladder of the 2006 Sutphen engine.  In June, three Pennsylvania firefighters were injured during a rapid descent of their aerial platform on a 2010 Sutphen truck. Since these injuries occurred after the trucks had been repaired in the 2013 recall, NHTSA is investigating “the adequacy of the recall remedy.” Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Deadline Near for Registering World Trade Center Service with Worker Compensation Board

Deadline-Near-for-World-Trade-Center-CompensationThe New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has issued a reminder to those who participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center from September 11, 2001 through September 12, 2002 to register their service with the board.

Registering will preserve the right to future benefits, if needed. The notification applies to all who served, whether employed or as a volunteer, whether injured or not. This includes service at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill, the barges, the piers, and the morgues. Anyone in these categories should file a WTC-12 form by September 11, 2014. Employees and members of entities that participate in the New York State workers’ compensation system are eligible. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances, Zadroga Act Claims |

Scientific Case Against Fracking Continues to Grow Stronger

Gas Drilling Public LandsA Cornell University engineering professor argues that the scientific case against hydraulic fracturing – fracking – continues to get stronger.

Prof. Anthony Ingraffea cites three concerns with the oil and gas drilling technique: groundwater contamination, earthquake generation, and accidental methane gas emissions. In fracking, large quantities of water and chemicals are injected deep underground under pressure to break apart shale and release oil and natural gases.  Ingraffea says, “there is now, in my opinion, scientific consensus that human-induced seismicity does occur” as a result of the disposal of chemical-laced fracking wastewater in underground injection wells, Mother Jones magazine reports. Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Ground Zero Victims Should be Compensated for WTC-Related Illness

Ground-Zero-Victims-Should-be-CompensatedThere is a new controversy at the 9/11 Museum over a descriptive Zadroga Act panel. According to an editorial piece in the New York Post, the panel says the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was intended to ensure medical treatment and financial compensation “for those with health conditions claimed to be related to the World Trade Center Disaster.” Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

More 9/11 First Responders Diagnosed with Cancer

More-911-First-Responders-Diagnosed-with-Cancer There is a growing risk of mesothelioma and other cancers for 9/11 rescue workers and first responders. When the twin towers collapsed, approximately 400 tons of asbestos were released into the air and inhaled by rescue workers. Recently, medical experts reported that over 2,500 WTC victims have been diagnosed with cancer. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

New Research Shows Instant Noodle Consumption May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Instant-Noodle-May-Increase-Risk-of-Heart-DiseaseNewly published research from Baylor University shows that people who frequently eat instant noodle products may increase their risk for cardiometabolic syndrome.

Because ramen consumption is higher among Asian populations, the research focused primarily on South Korea, which has the highest per-capita numbers of instant noodle consumers, according to Newswise, a news site of the Baylor Research Institute. South Koreans have recently experienced a rapid increase in health problems, specifically heart disease, which could lead to increased mortality and increased health care costs. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

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