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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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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 ...

New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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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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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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Lunchables Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergens, Misbranding

Kraft Heinz is recalling its ready-to-eat “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers because it is misbranded and contains undeclared allergens, including wheat and soy. These ingredients, which can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction in some individuals, were not listed on the product label. According to an Oct. 9 recall alert posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website, the recall affects 959 pounds of packaged lunch products.

The recalled Lunchables were produced on Sept. 21, 2016. The products have a “USE BY” date of 25 DEC 2016 and production times ranging from 9:13 to 10:00 stamped on the side of the container, the alert states. Inside the USDA mark of inspection, consumers can locate the establishment number. Products affected by the recall have establishment number “EST. 537K”. The Lunchables were distributed to Utah and California. Continue reading

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Nestlé Drumstick Ice Cream Cones Recalled

A voluntary recall has been issued for Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack (with cones marked for easy individual sale). Nestlé USA recalled the product because contact surfaces of equipment tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. “The products impacted by the voluntary recall were put into distribution inadvertently. No illnesses have been reported to date; the company is initiating this recall as a precautionary action to avoid any potential for consumer illness.” according to an Oct. 7 recall alert posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

The drumstick ice cream cones themselves did not test positive for Listeria. The recall affects 4.6 fl. oz cones. According to the announcement, the product was manufactured in Bakersfield, California and distributed nationwide. Continue reading

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New Jersey Students Injured in School Bus Collision

A school bus accident left dozens of New Jersey high school students injured in New City, New York. State police say one school bus rear-ended another while exiting the Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 11. Fortunately, there were no major injuries. The school buses were carrying students who attend Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, New Jersey.

According to Associated Press, the accident occurred on October 17th just after 2 p.m. All injuries were considered minor, and 40 to 60 students were taken to the hospital for bumps and bruises. Continue reading

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Deep Brain Stimulation Rechargers May Fail to Charge, Medtronic Warns

In an October 2016 “Urgent Field Safety Notice”, Medtronic warned that some rechargers for its deep brain stimulation devices may be prone to an “error state” and fail to charge. According to the letter, some of its Model 37751 rechargers may become unresponsive and fail to recharge the neurostimulator until they are reset. The company has received reports of the chargers malfunctioning, where they bleep every five seconds while displaying a blank screen.

According to the letter, the “error state” occurs in 2 percent of rechargers manufactured after November 2014 and 0.2 percent of rechargers manufactured before that date. The serial numbers on rechargers manufactured November 2014 and later begin with “NKA4” or “NKU4”. Continue reading

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Zofran Blamed as Cause for Cleft Palate in New Lawsuit

On October 3, 2016, a mother claimed that the active ingredient in the anti-nausea drug Zofran’s caused her son to develop cleft palate and cleft lip in the womb. The woman, from Oneida, New York, filed her case in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, where more than 280 additional Zofran lawsuits are currently consolidated.

In 2012, researchers at Harvard and Boston University discovered that women prescribed Zofran for nausea during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to deliver children with a cleft palate. Zofran’s warning label, however, does not mention a potential increased risk for cleft palate. Continue reading

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Premature Battery Depletion of Defibrillator Caused Two Deaths

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety warning for premature battery depletion of the St. Jude Medical Implanted Defibrillator. The St. Jude products in question were manufactured before May 2015 and are ICD and CRT-D models.

A medical advisory has been released by St. Jude Medical. The FDA is investigating potential cybersecurity errors that may be responsible for the rapid battery depletion of the defibrillators. There are 398,740 affected devices sold worldwide and 841 were returned for examination. The FDA will keep the public apprised of any new information as it becomes available. Continue reading

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Personal Panic Devices Recalled Due to Malfunction

Interlogix is recalling 67,000 personal panic devices because they may fail to operate in case of an emergency. According to a recall alert posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, “The wireless personal panic devices can fail to operate, which could result in the device not communicating with the security system if activated in the event of an emergency.” The devices were manufactured in Mexico and sold by professional security installers and distributors across the country from May 2014 to January 2016. The personal panic devices were priced from about $35 to $60.

The wireless personal panic devices are supposed to be connected to a security system so that the wearer has a quick way to call for help in case of an emergency. This is the type of device that may be purchased for an elderly family member, for example. The recall is being issued because the panic devices may fail to communicate properly with the security system. Continue reading

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Talcum Powder Lawsuits Continue to Pile Up

Johnson & Johnson is faced with a growing number of lawsuits from women who allege that Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder are responsible for their ovarian cancer.

The lawsuits include wrongful death lawsuits from the families of women who have died of the disease, Top Class Actions reports. Eighty-one named plaintiffs claim they or their loved ones were diagnosed with or have died from ovarian cancer resulting from years of use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene. Continue reading

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Food Company Execs May Be Held Liable for Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Instances of food company executives receiving prison sentences and serving time over large, even deadly, food poisoning case are mounting. Now, some wonder why pharmaceutical and medical device company executives are not subject to the same punishments.

Stewart Parnell, former owner of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was at the center of an historic, massive peanut paste contamination and facing life imprisonment; his brother, a food broker, faced 17 years in prison. The case was the first time a food company official received a conviction on federal felony charges tied to a food contamination epidemic, according to CNN. Both men were charged with felony charges by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and a Georgia jury convicted Stewart on 72 counts of conspiracy, fraud, and the introduction of adulterated foods into interstate commerce. He was sentenced to 28 years; his brother was sentenced to 20. Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Over Alleged Failure of Rex Medical Option IVC Filter

The family of a now-deceased Florida man has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania over the alleged failure of the Rex Medical Option Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter device. The lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania.

In September 2014, the man was implanted with Rex Medical’s Option IVC filter. The implantation surgery was conducted to prevent a pulmonary embolism (PE). PEs take place when a blood clot that starts in the body’s lower extremities travel to the arteries in the lungs and block blood flow. Continue reading

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