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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Stryker LFIT Plaintiffs Want Lawsuits Consolidated into MDL

Plaintiffs Ask for LFIT Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits to be Transferred into MDL

Stryker Corporation is facing a new influx of lawsuits alleging injuries from its LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head commonly used with the Stryker Accolade Hip replacement system, as well as other models. The metal-on-metal hip implant component was recalled in August 2016. Plaintiffs suing over the LFIT are now seeking a multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Parker Waichman LLP personal injury law firm notes that metal-on-metal hip implants have come under scrutiny following recalls and thousands of lawsuits. The firm represents numerous clients in metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits and continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals who have questions about pursuing a case. Continue reading

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Monsanto’s Roundup the Focus of Deep Controversy

California Closer to Mandating Roundup Warnings

In March 2015, leading cancer experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a Lyon, France-based branch of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” IARC reached its decision based on the research of 17 top cancer experts from 11 countries. The experts met to assess the carcinogenicity of five pesticides. The IARC review of glyphosate led to the European Parliament calling for a complete ban on non-commercial public use of glyphosate, as well as serious restrictions on its agricultural use. Monsanto rejected IARC’s classification and mounted a campaign to discredit IARC scientists, according to The Huffington Post.

Soon after the WHO classification, California began, in 2015, to mandate warning labels. Attorneys for California state consider IARC’s findings as the so-called “gold standard” for carcinogen identification and relies on its findings for identifying carcinogens along with several states, the federal government, and other countries, according to court documents. Continue reading

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Bair Hugger Deep Joint Infection Litigation Moves Forward

Bair Hugger MDL Grows, Plaintiffs Sue over Warming Device

Lawsuits continue to be filed over the Bair Hugger, a surgical blanket used to keep patients warm during surgery. Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that the device, which uses a forced-air design to maintain a patient’s body temperature, leads to deep joint infections. 3M and Arizant are accused of knowing about the risks but failing to warn patients or the medical community.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by defective or dangerous medical devices. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket lawsuit. Continue reading

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Merck’s Implanon Tied to Device Migration

Implanon Migration Leads to Unwanted Pregnancy, Surgery

The Implanon (etonogestrel implant) birth control, is a small, thin implantable plastic rod that slowly releases etonogestrel. The device is meant to last three years and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance one decade ago. Implanon birth control may last longer than three years; however, the three-year time frame is what is recommended to remove the nearly-spent Implanon for replacement, or to switch to an alternative birth control device.

Twelve years prior, a research paper described the difficulty in extracting the six capsules that made up the prior Norplant implantable birth control system. The Implanon implantable birth control followed the Norplant. In the 23 years, concern has risen over similar implantable devices and the challenges in removing the device and device migration. Continue reading

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Study: Even Without Symptoms, Driving Post-Concussion is Risky

Driving Skills Impaired Even When Concussion Symptoms are Gone

Driving after a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury frequently caused by a blow to the head, is dangerous. Concussions can affect how a person thinks and acts, increasing the risk of an accident on the road. A recent study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma suggests that driving after a concussion presents risks, even when patients no longer experience symptoms of a concussion.

Parker Waichman LLP has decades of experience representing automobile accident victims. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a car accident lawsuit. Continue reading

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Filing a Lawsuit for a Slip and Fall Accident on an Icy Sidewalk

Pursuing Litigation for a Slip and Fall Injury on Snow, Ice

It comes as no surprise that many slip and fall accidents occur during the winter. Snow, ice, sleet and frozen rain can create hazardous conditions on both the roads and sidewalks. It helps to be careful and take precautions during these weather conditions, but sometimes a slip and fall injury occurs nonetheless. If you were injured after a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, you may be wondering whether you can file a personal injury lawsuit.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in accident cases, including slip and fall lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Continue reading

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Risperdal Litigation is Second Largest Mass Tort in Philadelphia

Mass Tort Contains Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits

Lawsuits alleging the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused gynecomastia continue to mount against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit. In fact, Risperdal litigation accounts for most of the mass tort growth in Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center. Risperdal lawsuits are often filed on behalf of males who took the medication as young boys and developed gynecomastia, or the abnormal growth of female-like breasts. Risperdal plaintiffs allege that Janssen was aware of these risks but failed to adequately disclose information about gynecomastia to patients or their physicians.

Parker Waichman LLP is a national law firm that represents many clients in drug injury lawsuits. The firm, which keeps-up-to-date with Risperdal gynecomastia litigation, continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals who are interested in filing a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit. Continue reading

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J&J Faces 4th Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial in St. Louis

J&J Talcum Powder Allegedly Caused Ovarian Cancer

Johnson & Johnson is facing another talcum powder ovarian cancer trial in St. Louis, where a number of lawsuits allege that the product contributed to ovarian cancer. The case is the fourth talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit to go to trial in state court, and the fifth to go to trial overall. The plaintiff, like others suing over talcum powder products such as Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, alleges that J&J failed to warn about the risks. Last year, the company was hit with three multimillion dollar verdicts involving talc cases.

The product liability attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits over allegedly defective or dangerous products. The firm, which regularly provides talcum powder lawsuit updates, continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit. Continue reading

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Wintertime Slip and Fall Accidents: Ski Lifts, Snow, and Ice

Ski-Related Slip and Fall Accidents

With winter season in full swing, slip and fall accidents related to skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports are more prevalent. Naturally, there is some risk that accompanies going down the slope. Additionally, although rare, accidents can also occur on the ski lift. Being cautious around snow and ice can help prevent a slip and fall accident.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in accident cases, including slip and fall lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Continue reading

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Spike in Traffic Deaths Highlights Gaps in Safety Laws

After years of steady decline, traffic deaths spiked in 2015: 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes –the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. Preliminary data for the first nine months of 2016 show an eight percent increase in fatalities compared to the same time period in 2015.

The 2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed steep increases in fatalities for nearly every crash category. Continue reading

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