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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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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

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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 |

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 |

Johnson & Johnson Loses Fourth Transvaginal Mesh Trial

On May 26, 2017, health care giant Johnson & Johnson lost its fourth surgical mesh lawsuit when a Philadelphia jury returned a verdict of $2.16 million against Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology division.

Observers see this fourth loss in four trials as a trend in lawsuits over alleged surgical mesh complications. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

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