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Xarelto Mass Tort Organized in Philadelphia

Xarelto Mass Tort Organized in PhiladelphiaXarelto Mass Tort Organized in Philadelphia

Judge Kevin Dougherty ordered the creation of a mass tort, transferring roughly 75 cases involving the blood thinner Xarelto to the court’s Complex Litigation Center.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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FDA Alerts North Carolina Patients about Possibly Inaccurate Mammograms

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that mammograms performed at a family medicine practice in Raleigh, North Carolina after August 24, 2012 may have experienced quality issues. A low-quality mammogram may result in a late or misdiagnosis of breast cancer.

According to the Safety Communication issued by the FDA on March 24, 2015, quality issues may exist with mammograms performed at the Richard D. Adelman, M.D., Family Medicine practice in Raleigh, North Carolina after August 24, 2012. The American College of Radiology (ACR) discovered problems with the quality of mammograms following a review of images performed there between August 25, 2012 and August 25, 2014. ACR revoked the facility’s accreditation on November 5, 2014. On November 18, the FDA ordered the practice to cease performing mammograms and to inform all affected patients of the situation. Continue reading

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Macrolide Antibiotics in Pregnancy Increase Baby’s Risk for Epilepsy or Cerebral Palsy

A new study from researchers at University College London reports a slightly increased risk of epilepsy or cerebral palsy for babies whose mothers take macrolide antibiotics during pregnancy.

The study, from the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), was published online in PLOS One on March 25, 2015. The study follows evidence of harm associated with prenatal antibiotics provided by a single large trial (n > 4,000) of prophylactic antibiotics for women in preterm labor. The authors, led by Ruth Gilbert, professor of clinical epidemiology at ICH, have determined the risk of cerebral palsy or epilepsy in children whose mothers were prescribed antibiotics during pregnancy using a cohort of 195,909 women, Pharmaceutical Journal reports. Continue reading

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Expands Recall of Products Over Listeria Concerns

Blue Bell Ice Cream has expanded the recall of its ice cream products in an attempt to avoid the potential risk for bacterial contamination.

The recall now includes individual three-ounce serving cups in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors that may potentially be contaminated with listeria. The Blue Bell ice cream products were distributed to 23 different states, and shipped to food service outlets rather than grocery stores or convenience stores, company officials said, Inquisitr reported. Continue reading

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Study Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving

Study Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving

Study Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving


A study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety sheds light on the dangers of distracted driving, particularly by teenagers. According to the New York Times, researchers conducted the study by putting video cameras in the cars of drivers between the ages of 16 to 19, documenting 1,700 crashes. The cameras were able to show that teens were consistently distracted by their devices moments before an accident.

The research brings to light that distracted driving is more prevalent than previously reported. Distraction caused approximately 60 percent of moderate and severe crashes, four times as high as some previous government estimates. The biggest factor in crashes was teens’ interaction with a passenger, accounting for 15 percent. The second-highest risk factor was cell phones, which were involved in 12 percent. In cell phones-related crashes, drivers using their devices had their eyes off the road for an average of 4.1 seconds in the six seconds before a crash. The study also showed that half the time, drivers using their phones failed to react at all before rear-end crashes. Average reaction time was slowed in these rear-end crashes when they were on a phone (2.8 seconds) compared to when they were interacting with passengers (2.1 seconds). Continue reading

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Retailers in Suffolk County, New York, Have 90 Days to Display Warning Signs About Liquid Nicotine

Suffolk, Retailers Have 90 Days to Display Nicotine Warning

Suffolk, Retailers Have 90 Days to Display Nicotine Warning


A new law gives stores in Suffolk County, New York, 90 days to post warnings about the dangers of the liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed the law on Monday. The new signs, which must be placed “in a conspicuous place at the register,” warn that liquid nicotine can be fatal and addictive. The move was spurred, in part, by the death of an 18-month-old child last year, and increased calls to poison control centers, according to Newsday. Continue reading

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Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide

Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide

Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide


A potential health risk has prompted Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. to voluntarily recall over 73,000 cases of products containing organic spinach nationwide. According to a recall alert issued on March 25th, one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

In healthy individuals, this organism may only trigger short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Young children, frail, or elderly people, however, are at risk for serious and sometimes fatal infections. In pregnant women, listeria infections may result in miscarriages and still births. Continue reading

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15 Cases to be Selected as Eligible for Second Trial in Mirena MDL

15 Cases to be Selected as for 2nd Trial in Mirena MDL

15 Cases to be Selected as for 2nd Trial in Mirena MDL


A recent court order indicates that 15 cases will be selected as eligible for potential inclusion in the Second Disposition Pool of the Mirena IUD multidistrict litigation (MDL). According to the order, the plaintiffs’ and the defendants’ parties will select five cases each and another five will be selected at random from a full list of filed lawsuits. Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that the contraceptive device caused serious injuries and that Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to warn about the risks. In particular, a number of lawsuits allege that the device migrated from its original position and perforated through the uterine wall. In some cases, the IUD has allegedly embedded itself in other parts of the body.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national personal injury law firm, represents a number of women in the Mirena IUD litigation. The firm has also had an active leadership role; Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at the firm, has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the MDL. Continue reading

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Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit


A former part-time JCPenney employee has filed a lawsuit claiming retaliation after he reported the retailer was overcharging customers.

The fired employee has filed a claim against the company under Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act, Fortune reports. Former CEO Ron Johnson could be required to give a deposition. Continue reading

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Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device Following Increased Reports of Loosening

Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device

Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device

Medical device maker Zimmer, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of nearly 12,000 Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial knee replacement devices in response to increased complaints of loosening of the device.

The recall covers the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate/Persona TM Tibia-Prosthesis, Knee, Patello/Femorotibial, Semi-Constrained, Uncemented, Porous, Coated, Polymer/Metal/Polymer, all lots land sizes, left and right. Research has shown that radiolucent lines (seen on x-rays), which show the gap between the cement and the device component, can be associated with early failure of the device. Some recipients have needed revision surgery to replace the defective component. Continue reading

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Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that there are over 100,000 medical devices on the market. Unfortunately, not all of them are safe. In fact, agency data indicates that between 13 and 75 devices are recalled in the United States every day. Motley Fool reports that a regulatory loophole, which allows devices to be sold and implanted into patients without clinical testing, may be a major contributing factor to these statistics.

Manufacturers can submit certain devices for 510(k) approval; this process can allow a device to be sold on the market without clinical testing for safety or efficacy so long as the FDA finds that the product is “substantially equivalent” to an older product. Only Class I and Class II devices are eligible for 510(k) clearance. Class III “high-risk” devices must go through the more stringent premarket approval. Continue reading

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