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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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VCF Deadline Approaches for 9/11 Rescue Workers

Deadlines are approaching quickly for rescue workers and first responders who helped with the 9/11 recovery efforts and now suffer illnesses related to toxic dust exposure. For claimants that were diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 with one of the cancers added to the list of eligible conditions on that date, the deadline to register with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is October 12, 2014. Claimants who register are not required to file a claim for compensation at any time. Registering with the VCF simply preserves the right to file a claim in the future is necessary.

Claimants can file online, or submit a hard copy Eligibility Form. If neither of these is plausible, individuals can also fill out and submit an Interim Registration form; follow-up actions are needed if this form is used. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars for Air Bag Flaw

Ford Motor Co. has announced the recall of 850,000 cars because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash.

The recalled models include Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014. The company said the recall will cost $500 million, The Detroit News reports. The recall was prompted by an electrical glitch that could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash. The restraints control module can short-circuit, Ford said. The company said if a short circuit occurs, the air bag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the air bags, pretensioners, and side curtains may not function as intended, according to the News. It may also affect other systems that use data from the module, including stability control. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the faulty module. Dealers will replace the module. Continue reading

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

Male Enhancement Products Described as Dangerous

Federal experts and physicians say that many male enhancement products may be deadly and the marketing used to tout these products is deceptive.

In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 20 public notifications in 2014 over tainted Internet products such as “Weekend Warrior” and “O.M.G.” that are sold with promises of male sexual enhancement. The FDA described the matter as “an emerging trend,” according to NBC News. Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

FDA: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Risks with with Asthma Drug Xolair

After reviewing safety studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found a slightly increased risk of problems involving blood vessels supplying the heart and brain in patients taking Xolair (omalizumab). The FDA has added information about these potential risks to the drug label.

According to the FDA Drug Safety Announcement, the heart and brain blood vessel problems included mini-strokes known as transient ischemic attacks or TIAs; heart attacks; sudden, unexpected chest pain; high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs called pulmonary hypertension; and blood clots in the lungs and veins. Continue reading

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NSAID Use Linked to Increased Risk of Venous Thromboembolism, Study Suggests

Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can increase the risk of venous thromboembolism, according to a study published in the journal Rheumatology. The results of the study has important implications, considering the fact that NSAIDs are one of the most widely used medications around the world.

Venous thromboembolism is when a blood clot forms in a vein and subsequently breaks off, potentially getting lodged in another crucial blood vessel. Venous thromboembolism includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg, and pulmonary embolism, a potentially life-threatening condition where the blood clot gets stuck in the lungs. Continue reading

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CPSC Bans High-Powered Magnet Toys

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is banning high-powered magnet sets following reports of injuries and one death. According to the commission, the tiny high-powered magnets can be dangerous if ingested because the magnets will be very strongly attracted to each other and go through the gastrointestinal system.

According to the CPSC, these types of magnets caused the death of one toddler and nearly 3,000 children went to the emergency room after swallowing magnets between 2009 and 2013. “High-powered magnet sets are hazardous to young children, who have mouthed and ingested these magnets,” the CPSC stated. “The magnets also pose a serious risk to teens and tweens, who have used them to create mock lip, tongue, and nose piercings.” Continue reading

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Chrysler Recalls 350,000 Older Cars to Fix Ignition Switches

Chrysler has recalled nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.

The switches can slip out of the “on” position, a problem similar to the one that forced General Motors to recall millions of vehicles this year. Chrysler’s recall includes Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, and Dodge Magnum wagons from the 2008 model year, the Associated Press (AP) reports. All the vehicles were built before May 12, 2008. The recall stems from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigations into ignition switch problems in the wake of the massive GM recalls. Continue reading

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

Doctors should be on the Lookout for Fake Drugs, FDA Says

Physicians must be careful to not purchase counterfeit medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned on Tuesday. According to HealthDay News, fake drugs have become such a problem that the FDA has initiated a program to raise awareness of illegal operations and educate doctors about proper drug purchasing procedures.

The program, titled “Know Your Source”, advises doctors to only purchase prescription medications from wholesale drug distributors licensed in their states in order to decrease the likelihood of giving patients unsafe or ineffective drugs. Additionally, the agency cautioned doctors against offers that appear too good to be true and avoid companies that use aggressive marketing practices. Continue reading

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Statin Drugs Increase Risk of Diabetes

According to a study just published online in the medical journal the Lancet, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes.

While statins have previously been associated with higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, it was not clear whether the drugs were responsible. The new study has produced strong evidence that the basic mechanism of the statins can lead to weight gain and an increase in diabetes risk, the Guardian reports. The researchers analyzed genetic data from up to 220,000 people and results from almost 130,000 patients who had taken part in earlier statin trials. Patients taking statins experienced a 12 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over a four-year period, and, on average, they gained around half a pound in weight. Continue reading

Posted in Birth Defects, Crestor, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Zocor |

FDA Still Undecided About Ban on Power Morcellator

In July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held hearings on whether to ban the power morcellator, a surgical tool that opponents say can spread cancer during minimally invasive hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal.

The morcellator uses high-speed blades to mince uterine tissue so that it can be removed through small incisions during minimally invasive surgery. Critics of the device say that if the tissue being sliced up contains undetected cancer, the morcellator can spread malignant cells in the patient’s abdomen, the Rochester, NY Democrat & Chronicle reports. An FDA spokesperson said the agency “is considering all available information, including the advisory committee’s input, in determining any future regulatory action,” but did not say when the agency would announce its decision. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

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