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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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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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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Study Finds Rising Rates of Mesothelioma, Particularly in Women

Researchers Say Mesothelioma Rates Continue to Rise, Cite Environmental Risk

Given the increased awareness of asbestos mesothelioma risks and a subsequent ban of asbestos, many experts expected rates of mesothelioma to decrease in industrial countries. A recent study published in The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, however, suggests that global rates of mesothelioma are still rising, especially in women. Mesothelioma is mostly caused by occupational exposure to asbestos. As such, this aggressive and deadly cancer is more commonly diagnosed among men. The findings however, show that the gender gap for mesothelioma rates is closing. The new study suggests that environmental exposure to asbestos is contributing to mesothelioma rates.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits involving occupational and environmental hazards, including asbestos mesothelioma cases. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations. Continue reading

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Ethicon Hernia Mesh Litigation Moves Forward, following Recall

Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits Proceed, Court Documents Show

Court documents indicate that Ethicon is facing personal injury claims involving its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. The mesh, which is used in hernia repairs, was recalled due to a high rate of recurrence and revision. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that the hernia mesh is defective and caused injuries. Ethicon is accused of failing to disclose the risks.

Parker Waichman LLP has represented numerous clients in personal injury lawsuits regarding mesh products. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a transvaginal mesh or hernia mesh lawsuit. Continue reading

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Depakote Anti-Epilepsy Medication Linked to Birth Defects

The family of a 12-year-old child has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the young girl who underwent an extremely difficult operation, along with her mother, while she was still in the womb. The highly complicated open fetal surgery took place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The operation was an attempt to repair the child’s spina bifida. This is a birth defect affecting a baby’s spinal cord, when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) don’t form properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord, according to WebMD.

Now, 12 years later, the young girl can walk on her own, although she uses a wheelchair sometimes. The child’s “muscles will never be able to gain full strength and she tires easily,” explains the hospital’s website. Continue reading

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A.G. Convicts 9 People who Staged Auto Accidents for Insurance Fraud

9 Individuals Staged Accidents in Nassau and Suffolk to Receive Insurance Money

Nine individuals were convicted for staging four automobile accidents in Nassau and Suffolk counties in order to receive money from insurance companies, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Nov. 18. The defendants colluded to rent U-Haul or Penske trucks and purposely hit cars with participants. The car passengers, who were also involved in the scheme, were instructed to go to medical centers to be treated for fake injuries.

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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Australian Politician Takes Issue with Transvaginal Mesh Implants

Australian Politician Compares Pelvic Mesh to Thalidomide Scandal

An Australian politician had harsh words for the pharmaceutical industry regarding transvaginal mesh implants used for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Senate Derryn Hinch, speaking in Parliament on Nov. 22, said pelvic mesh has “crippled thousands of mothers both here and overseas,” He went on to say that it was “one of the greatest medical scandals and abuses of mothers in Australian history.” Thousands of personal injury lawsuits have been filed over transvaginal mesh implants against various manufacturers. Women allege that the mesh devices were not properly tested, and caused injuries such as mesh erosion and organ damage.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP represent numerous women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to anyone with questions about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Continue reading

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Talc Powder Products Named in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Lawsuits Filed over Talc Products Containing Asbestos

Talc is a mineral mainly composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. In powder form, it absorbs excess moisture and reduces friction. Talcum powder is often used as baby powder to prevent diaper rashes, and in cosmetic items. Some women also use talcum powder products in the genital region or on sanitary napkins for feminine hygiene.

Parker Waichman LLP notes that personal injury lawsuits have been filed over talc and talcum powder products. The firm is offering free legal consultations to anyone with questions about filing a lawsuit. Continue reading

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FDA Orders ‘Black Box’ Warning for Essure Sterilization Device

Regulators Add Essure Boxed Warning, Patient Checklist

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Essure, the female sterilization device manufactured by Bayer, will carry a boxed warning or “black box” warning. The agency ordered the label update after a number of women complained of adverse events. The new warning label for Essure warns about the risk of implant perforation, device migration, allergic reaction, pain and other potential risks. In addition to the boxed warning, the FDA also directed Bayer to produce a patient checklist for physicians to review with patients before implanting Essure.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are keeping up-to-date with Essure and other medical devices. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing an Essure lawsuit. Continue reading

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Sabra Hummus Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Listeria Monocytogenes Found at Sabra Manufacturing Facility

A voluntary recall is being issued for Sabra hummus products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Sabra Dipping Co., LLC, the company who makes Sabra hummus, says the bacteria was found at a manufacturing facility but not in the hummus itself. The recall affects products with a “best before” date prior to and through January 23, 2017. Consumers can find the “best before” date on the lid of each package.

The food poisoning attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are offering free legal consultations to individuals who suffered illness after being exposed to listeria. The firm has decades of experience dealing with consumer safety lawsuits.

“We’re recalling this product out of an abundance of caution after finding Listeria monocytogenes at the manufacturing facility, but not in tested finished product.” The company said in a statement posted on its website. “We have invested heavily in technology and enhancing our processes and protocols, with guidance and input from external experts, to develop and put in place industry-leading food safety procedures, such as testing finished product from the production line every two minutes for pathogens including listeria. We want to reassure our consumers that our procedures include extensive finished product testing, and no products tested positive for contaminants. We are taking action because consumer safety is a top priority.”

The recall does not affect other Sabra products, such as organic hummus, salsa, guacamole and greek yogurt dips. Consumers who purchased the recalled products should not eat it. Sabra urges customers to dispose of the products.
Eating food contaminated with listeria can lead to serious, sometimes fatal illness. Young children, pregnant women, elderly people and people with weak immune systems are particularly at risk. Pregnant women exposed to listeria can experience miscarriage or stillbirths. Healthy people however, may only experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aware of the recall.

Sabra says it sanitized the facility after the FDA inspection. “Subsequent to the inspection conducted with the FDA, we implemented a thorough and extensive factory-wide cleaning and sanitation procedure, and beyond that, we continue to work very closely with internal and external food safety experts to identify any additional steps we can take to even further enhance our efforts.” the company said.

The food safety attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP note that listeria concerns have prompted other recalls recently, including many brands of ice cream containing cookie dough pieces manufactured by Aspen Hill. Ice cream products manufactured by Dr. Bob’s of Upland has also triggered recalls. Last year, Blue Bell ice cream products were linked to a fatal outbreak of listeriosis.

What is Listeria?

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that is found naturally in the environment. Being exposed to listeria can lead to listeriosis. In people who are healthy, listeriosis may only lead to high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, exposure to listeria can be fatal in children, elderly people and people with compromised immune systems. Pregnant women exposed to listeria can suffer miscarriage or stillbirth. About 14 percent of listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy.

In a warning letter to Simply Fresh Fruit, who also recently experienced issues with listeria contamination, the FDA called listeriosis “a major public health concern due to the severity of the disease, its high case-fatality rate, long incubation time, and tendency to affect individuals with underlying conditions”.

Listeriosis was added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s list of nationally notifiable diseases in 2001. Each year in the United States, 1,600 people become sick and 260 die after being exposed to listeria.

Listeria can contaminate food products at manufacturing facilities through raw materials humans, equipment, or other means. If manufacturers are not vigilant and fail to comply with proper safety protocols, listeria can easily contaminate food products and lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening illness.

Consumers can take steps to avoid listeria contamination by cooking meat thoroughly, cleaning raw fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption and not drinking unpasteurized milk (also avoid eating foods that contain unpasteurized milk). Washing hands, utensils and countertops after handling uncooked foods also reduces the risk of listeriosis.

Legal Help for Food Poisoning Victims

If you or someone you know became exposed to listeria through food contamination, you may have valuable legal rights. The food safety attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP offer free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

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Violence Against Prison Inmates Mounting

Inmates at Mid-State Correctional Facility Allegedly Abused, Beaten

In July 2016, corrections officers made a surprise raid in the early morning hours at medium security, Mid-State Correctional Facility near Utica, New York, according to officials.

The surprise search was made over weapons after a bloody injury to a guard a few days earlier, according to The New York Times and The Marshall Project (a nonprofit news organization covering the United States criminal justice system). Inmates were ordered to get down on the floor and, over the next two hours, officers beat them and stomped on the more than 30 of them, allegedly destroying property and screaming curses and racial slurs, according to the inmates. Some of the men said that their ribs were broken when they were kicked and punched.
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Estrogen Product Premarin Tablets Recalled due to Labeling Issues

Pfizer, the maker of Premarin, announced a voluntary recall of one lot of 1.25mg tablets due to an incorrect expiration date on the bottle label.

What is Premarin?

Premarin is an estrogen product commonly used to treat moderate to severe symptoms of menopause such as vaginal dryness, burning, irritation, and hot flashes. Estrogen is also sold under the brand names Cenestin and Enjuvia. The affected product has Lot #M35953S and NDC 0046-11040-91. The expiration date on the bottle label is 11/17, but the correct expiration date is September 2017. The product is available in 1,000-count bottles and was distributed nationwide by Pfizer subsidiary Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
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