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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Retired FDNY Firefighter Died Following Fight with 9/11-Related Cancer

Injured FDNY Member Fought Long and Hard for Zadroga Act and its Reauthorization

Ray Pfeifer, 59, a retired 27-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) died of cancer associated with his selfless work at the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. Pfeifer long fought his cancer that was attributed to his work at Ground Zero as he was also lobbying Congress to fund health care for his fellow first responders, officials said, Newsday reported.

Pfeifer worked approximately eight months on the pile of dangerous debris in lower Manhattan and also made more than one-dozen trips to Washington, D.C., to convince hesitant lawmakers to pass the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. The Act is named to honor another 9/11 hero, a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who died of respiratory disease contracted at Ground Zero, according to Newsday. Continue reading

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Takata Recalls an Additional 2.7 Million Air Bag Inflators

Takata has announced yet another air bag recall as part of the largest automotive recalls in United States history, this time involving 2.7 million air bag inflators made between 2005 and 2012. The cars involved are Ford, Nissan, and Mazda sold in the U.S. Some 42,000,000 vehicles are affected by the Takata air bag recalls as of January 19, 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Reason for Current Recall

This most recent air bag inflator recall is triggered by test results that are foreseeing future air bag explosions, said the NHTSA in a statement. Takata reported that it is not aware of any ruptures having taken place, but is issuing the recall out of “an abundance of caution,” notes the NHTSA. This recall concerns the earliest generation of Takata airbag inflators, which use calcium sulfate as a desiccant (drying agent), and were put in driver-side airbags installed in vehicles sold by Mazda North American Operations, Nissan North America Inc., and Ford Motor Co., reports the NHTSA. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

Soliris Vaccination Raises Risk for Meningococcal Disease

People who have received eculizumab (brand name Soliris) are at high risk (1,000 to 2,000-fold greater), for invasive meningococcal disease compared to the general United States population. Life-threatening and fatal infections have occurred in some patients treated with Soliris. These infections may become rapidly deadly if not recognized and treated promptly, according to RxList.

What is Soliris?

Soliris is used to treat two rare blood disorders, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) that can cause a decrease in red blood cells (anemia). Soliris helps to block the decrease in red blood cells and can improve the symptoms of anemia such as tiredness, shortness of breath, and can decrease the need for blood transfusions. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Flight Attendant Uniforms Sickening Flight Attendants, Pilots

American Airlines Flight Attendants and Pilots Complain of Uniform-Related Illnesses

American Airlines flight attendants and pilots are alleging that their uniforms are sickening them due to chemicals in the uniforms.

One American Airlines flight attendant told The New York Post that her uniform may look “sexy” but it is making her sick. She is an American Airline crewmember who has been blogging about the effects the American Airlines-issued uniform policy has had on her health in recent months. The flight attendant has hypothyroidism and alleges that her flight attendant outfit has had adverse effects on her condition, causing health reactions from what she described as “chemicals” in the uniform. “I get sick every time I go to work,” she wrote. “Every time I go to work I feel terrible.” Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products |

Propecia-Related Sexual Dysfunction Linked to Depression

The active ingredient in Propecia is finasteride, known to effectively block the hormone responsible for male pattern baldness, a common genetic form of hair loss. However, a number of studies suggest it may also have damaging effects on a man’s sexual health, including decreased sex drive and erectile problems, according to drugwatch.

Propecia was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997. Before the FDA approval, manufacturer Merck & Co. released clinical trial data concerning the drug’s safety. One study showed that almost four percent of men treated with Propecia reported one or more adverse sexual side effects, compared with about two percent of men given a placebo. Continue reading

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Child Drownings Trigger Pool Safety Campaign

A pool safety campaign has been launched jointly by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Michael Phelps Foundation. Over 75 percent of the drownings and pool-related injuries from 2012 to 2016 involved children under the age of five, according to a recent report from the CPSC.

Since it was formed over seven years ago, the Pool Safely campaign has gathered more than 1,000 partners that aid in public outreach and education to assist parents and families to learn vital safety measures in and around pools and spas. Some of the significant partners involved in the campaign include the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, the U.S. YMCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, and Walmart. The focus of this nationwide initiative is to reduce the number of fatal as well as non-fatal drownings or entrapments in swimming pools. Continue reading

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FDA Warning Letters for Bodybuilding Products Containing Steroid-Like Substances

On June 20, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted warning letters to Flex Fitness/Big Dan’s Fitness, AndroPharm, and Hardcore Formulations for illegally marketing products labeled as containing steroid and steroid-like substances and promoted to increase muscle mass and strength.

The products are marketed as dietary supplements but the FDA considers these products unapproved drugs that have not been reviewed for safety and effectiveness.   Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Investigates Hepatitis A Linked to Frozen Tuna

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are assisting state and local officials in assessing the risk of hepatitis A virus exposure from contaminated frozen tuna from Sustainable Seafood Company, Vietnam, and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc., Philippines.

If unvaccinated consumers have consumed the recalled product within the last two weeks, they may need treatment to help prevent hepatitis A virus infection. Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Health Concerns |

Another Try for MDL for PPI Lawsuits – Kidney Damage Allegations

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are drugs used in the treatment of acid reflux or heartburn. Plaintiffs have filed lawsuits alleging that these medications caused kidney injuries and have filed a motion to consolidate 172 pending federal lawsuits to a multidistrict litigation (MDL). An MDL is frequently created to streamline a procedure by combining cases with similar complaints to be tried in one court before one judge. This lowers court costs, allows for a faster outcome, and is typically more efficient.

In each of the lawsuits against the drug manufacturers including AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Wyeth, among others, the plaintiffs allege that the drug companies failed to sufficiently warn that ingestion of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) PPIs could cause “irreparable harm” to the kidneys, according to court documents. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Nexium, Pharmaceuticals |

More Than 400 Cases in Viagra-Melanoma Multidistrict Litigation

As of May 15, 2017, 428 men are plaintiffs in a Viagra (sildenafil) multidistrict product liability litigation in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The suit alleges that the “little blue pill,” manufactured by Pfizer, is connected to a significant increase in the risk of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Viagra has been prescribed to millions of men to solve problems with erectile dysfunction. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Viagra |

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