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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Aggressive Drivers and Road Rage Pose a Threat to NY Drivers

Many individuals in New York and across the country experience anger and impatience when driving through traffic. People get frustrated when they are late to a meeting or an appointment and traffic has come to a standstill. As many as eight out of ten drivers admit to participating in this dangerous practice. Aggressive driving behavior threatens the lives of those doing the reckless driving, as well as the lives of everyone else on the road.

Signs of Aggressive Driving

According to AAA (Automobile Association of America), there are several driving behaviors that are indications of aggressive driving. These include: switching lanes erratically and blocking other drivers; racing or speeding with other vehicles; failing to yield to stop signs, pedestrian crossings, and traffic signals; aggressive honking, yelling obscenities, using inappropriate hand gestures; seeking confrontations with other drivers; and following too closely or tailgating. Continue reading

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Slap Bracelets Recalled due to Laceration Hazard

On September 7, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding bracelets sold with storybooks due to a potential laceration hazard. Studio Fun International recalled approximately 86,000 slap bracelets that were sold in the United States and in Canada.

The concern was that the metal band can wear through the fabric covering the bracelet resulting in cuts to hands or fingers. Bracelets affected by the recall were included with “DreamWorks Trolls: It’s Hug Time” storybooks. The bracelet consists of an inner, flexible metal band wrapped in a purple fabric covering with a pink fabric flower, reports the Daily Hornet. Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Faulty St. Jude Riata Defibrillators may have Fatal Consequences

Patients who still have recalled St. Jude Defibrillators leads in their chests have many reasons to be vigilant. Premature insulation failure in the recalled device has been tentatively linked to polymicrobial endocarditis, a serious, often deadly condition that leads to inflammation of the heart lining, muscles and valves. The decayed insulation on the electrical leads that connect the pacemaker to a patient’s heart may be a perfect breeding ground for fungi and bacteria that can attack a patient’s heart.

Patients suffering from endocarditis may experience: high fever, new or different heart murmur, fatigue, muscle pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, night sweats, headache, blood in the urine, and unexpected weight loss. In addition, small spots from broken vessels under the nails, on the whites of the eyes, on the chest, in the roof of the mouth, and inside the cheeks, may also be experienced. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices, St. Jude Defibrillators |

Monsanto May Have Colluded to Stop Release of Cancer Link to Roundup

Undue Influence Used to Cease Official Release of Damaging Scientific Data”

Documents that have been released in a lawsuit brought against Monsanto over its weed killer, Roundup, have raised some issues concerning if Monsanto attempted to influence public opinion via collusion and the way in which it guided data published by mainstream media, various authors, and scientific research publications. Also, it appears that an internal debate at Monsanto took place over the safety of Roundup. The multidistrict litigation is Roundup (Monsanto) MDL 2741, United States District Court, Northern District, California.

The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which is the most common weed killer in the world and which is used globally on farm crops and by home gardeners. Roundup’s largest market is the United States. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

2018 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, GMC Acadia Recalled

Approximately 2,900 vehicles of the model-year 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2018 GMC Terrain SUVs, and 2017-1018 GMC Acadia SUVs have been recalled, according to the Daily Hornet. The problem is that the right front intermediate driveshaft may fracture. If the driveshaft breaks off or separates while driving, it will make the vehicle suddenly lose propulsion, which increases the danger of a crash. According to the recall notice, the problem also poses a “rollaway” hazard if it occurs when the vehicle is parked on a hill without the parking brake engaged.

Dealerships will replace the right front immediate drive shaft assembly at no cost. As of August 30, no accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall, reports the Daily Hornet. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Bestherbal Herbal Coffee Recalled Over Possible Tainting with Viagra-Like Substance

Bestherbal Coffee Recalled New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natjral Herbs Coffee

Bestherbs Coffee LLC just has issued a recall for its “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee” following an analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that identified the presence of a drug that is similar to the active ingredient in the male erectile dysfunction (ED) drug, Viagra.

The recalled coffee product may contain undeclared desmethyl carbodenafil. This ingredient is similar sildenafil citrate, which is the active ingredient in Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs, noted The Daily Hornet. The presence of this drug might be deadly when combined with nitrates found in heart and blood pressure medications, according to an FDA recall notice issued Thursday. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

Thousands of Propane Cylinders Recalled Because of Fire Risk

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in conjunction with Health Canada announced the recall of certain refillable propane cylinders that pose a risk of explosion and fire.

YSN Imports, of Gardena, California, which distributes the propane cylinders, has received at least two reports of connecting valves unscrewing from Flame King, Little Kamper and U-Haul-brand propane cylinders, according to the CPSC.

If the connecting valve is not secure, gas could leak, causing an explosion or fire. The fire could result in injuries or property damage. According to the CPSC, to date no injuries have been reported in connection with this recall.

The product attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are available to answer questions from consumers who have concerns about the defective propane cylinders.

The refillable propane cylinders are designed for use with outdoor appliances like barbecue grills and portable stoves. The recalled propane cylinders include:

  • Flame King 14.1 oz. blue (serial numbers 000001 through 004700)
  • Flame King 16.4 oz. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)
  • Little Kamper 16 oz. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)
  • U-Haul 1 lb. blue (serial numbers 000001 through 004700)
  • U-Haul 1 lb. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)

According to the CPSC, about 24,000 of the possibly defective cylinders were sold in the U.S. and another 1,100 were sold in Canada. The propane cylinders were manufactured in Thailand.

The cylinders were sold at stores including Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Kamps, Propane Depot, U-Haul and others. The cylinders were also sold online at Amazon.com and through other websites from November 2013 through September 2016. The price was between $10 and $15 each.

CPSC Recommendations for Consumers

The CPSC recall notice advises consumers to immediately stop using any of the recalled propane cylinders they have on hand. The agency said consumers should contact YSN Imports for a full refund or a replacement propane cylinder.

Legal Help for Consumers Who Purchased Defective Propane Cylinders

If you have purchased one of the potentially defective propane cylinders or a gas leak from a cylinder has caused a fire, please contact the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP today for a free, no obligation case evaluation. To reach the firm, fill out the contact form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

 

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Recall due to Potentially Hazardous Batteries

The most recent unfortunate news for Samsung’s beleaguered line of Galaxy Note smartphones is that over 10,000 refurbished batteries for the Note 4, a three-year-old phone, are being recalled due to a risk of overheating, with the potential of fires and burn injuries, reports the Daily Hornet.

This recall seems to be unrelated, at this point, to the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. That recall affected every Galaxy Note 7 device because of a design flaw. There were multiple reports of Note 7 devices bursting into flames, burning a dozen people, and leading to two separate product recalls. The culprit was faulty batteries. The Note 4 recall appears to be more limited and so far, does not seem to be the fault of Samsung. Continue reading

Posted in Cellular Phone, Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Cook Medical Recalls Medical Device due to Blood Clot Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified the Cook Medical Zenith Alpha Thoracic Endovascular Graft as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall where there is a “reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

The Zenith Alpha Thoracic Endovascular Graft is designed to treat isolated lesions in a patient’s main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart down through the chest (descending thoracic aorta) into the abdomen. The device is used for patients who have a suitable vascular (blood vessel) anatomy for endovascular repair. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

Papaya Salmonella Victims Increase to 141 with More Possible

As of August 11, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that 141 people in nineteen states have confirmed cases of strains of salmonella traced back to papayas imported from Mexico. Victims range in age from 1 to 95 with a median age of 39. So far, 45 people have been hospitalized (32 percent) and one victim from New York, has died, the Daily Hornet reports.

Based on the information gathered to date, the CDC is advising consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm. If there is a question concerning the origins of the papaya, the agency is recommending to consumers and restaurants, when in doubt, throw it out. Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Health Concerns, Listeria, Recalled Food Products, Salmonella |

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