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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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

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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Older COPD Patients May Suffer from More Breathing Problems when taking Certain Sedatives, Study Shows

Older adults who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be more likely to suffer from serious breathing problems if they take certain sedatives, new research suggests. According to a study published on Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal,benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) are associated with a 45 percent increased risk of breathing problems that require outpatient treatment in older COPD patients. These patients were also 92 percent more likely go to the emergency room for pneumonia or COPD, and had a higher risk of being hospitalized for breathing problems. Continue reading

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Class I Recall: Spacelabs Healthcare Ltd., ARKON Anesthesia Delivery System

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that Spacelabs Healthcare Ltd. has recalled its ARKON Anesthesia Delivery System with Version 2.0 Software. A software defect may cause the system to cease working. The FDA has deemed the recall a Class I, its most serious designation, which is reserved for situations in which there exists a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

The recalled ARKON Anesthesia Delivery Systems were manufactured and distributed from March 18, 2013 through June 17, 2013; 16 units were distributed to hospitals in North Carolina and South Carolina. The ARKON Anesthesia Delivery System with Version 2.0 Software includes the following serial numbers of units distributed in the United States: Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

Alarming Rate of Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

A Canadian newspaper’s investigative report reveals an alarming increase in the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, despite warnings that these medications are dangerous – even lethal – for elderly patients with dementia.

The Toronto Star (thestar.com) found that some long-term care facilities, often short staffed, routinely use these drugs to calm and “restrain” wandering, agitated and sometimes aggressive patients. The Star found that as many as one half of residents at some facilities are on antipsychotics. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Nursing Home Abuse |

FDA Warns of Cancer Risk with Fibroid Removal Procedure

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned doctors about the use of a procedure in hysterectomy and uterine fibroid tumor removal that could unexpectedly spread cancerous tissue into the patient’s abdomen.

The procedure, power morcellation, involves a device to cut tissue into pieces that can be removed through the tiny incisions made during minimally invasive surgery, The New York Times reports. But, according to FDA data, approximately one in every 350 women with fibroids could have a uterine sarcoma and slicing up the cancerous tissue could allow it to spread in the patient’s abdomen, reducing the patient’s long-term survival rate, according to Law360. Though the FDA stopped short of removing power morcellators from the market, it warned doctors to consider other treatment methods for symptomatic fibroids. Surgeons are taught, the Times explains, that cancers or potentially cancerous tissue should be removed whole and not broken up or cut, to avoid spreading the disease. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Study: Misdiagnosis occurs in 1 out of Every 20 Outpatients

outpatient_misdiagnosis_studyA new study suggests that at least 1 in every 20 outpatients-those who receive care without being admitted to a hospital-experience a misdiagnosis. The study, which was published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, found that the rate of misdiagnosis in outpatients was about 5 percent. This translates to 1 in 20 adults, 12 million people when applied to the entire US population. Continue reading

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FDA Send Endo Warning Letter Over Vaginal Mesh Facility

FDA_warns_endo_transvaginal_mesh_facilityFollowing an inspection by federal regulators, pharmaceutical firm, Endo International PLC, was sent a warning letter by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over issues discovered at a vaginal mesh facility.

The inspection was conducted at an Endo subsidiary’s Minnesota facility, Endo wrote this week in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to Law360. Endo wrote that the April 10 warning letter came after issues were identified by the FDA following an inspection of a Minnetonka, Minnesota facility operated by its subsidiary, American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS). Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

SSRI Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk

pregnant_woman_antidepressants_risk_autismA new study reports that boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to SSRI antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)  in the womb than typically developing children.

Boys whose mothers took SSRIs – including Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Zoloft (certaline) – during pregnancy were also more likely to have developmental delays, HealthDay News reports. The study was published online this week in Pediatrics and will appear in May in the print issue. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, SSRI Antidepressants |

Harm from E-cigarettes Increase as Their Popularity Rises

Harm_from_E-cigarettes_IncreasesReports of injuries and other harm from e-cigarettes – burns, nicotine toxicity, respiratory and cardiovascular problems – have risen in the past year as the devices become more popular, recent data show.

More than 50 e-cigarette complaints were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between March 2013 and March 2014, Reuters reports. This about equals combined numbers for the previous five years. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Paralysis a Potential Complication of Spine Stimulators

Paralysis_Potential_in_Spine_StimulatorsSome patients who have been implanted with spinal-cord stimulators have ended up with paralysis, Wall Street Journal reports. These devices are manufactured by a number of companies, the biggest of which include Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific. The devices use stimulation therapy to help manage chronic pain; a small external remote is used to send low currents of electricity to the implanted generator and the electrical current from the leads creates a tingling sensation that it supposed to mask pain signals being sent to the brain, WSJ says. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) adverse-event reports and a review of medical malpractice lawsuits, more than 100 patients have experienced partial or permanent paralysis after having a spinal-cord stimulator inserted into their backs. Continue reading

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GM Car Owners File Class Action Over Defective Ignition Switches

GM_Ignition_Switch_RecallA federal class action alleges that General Motors Corp. fraudulently concealed a defect in the ignition switches of 2.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles, and that the defect is linked to at least 13 deaths.

The complaint, Ruff v. General Motors, was filed Monday in Trenton, New Jersey, and it claims company engineers first learned in 2001 that ignition switches in these vehicles can accidentally move from the “run” to the “accessory” or “off” position, shutting off the engine and disabling such systems as power steering, antilock brakes, and air bags, the New Jersey Law Journal (Law.com) reports. Plaintiffs claim the number of deaths may be far higher than the 13 GM has acknowledged. They cite 303, from a study of airbag deployment failures in crashes of Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion cars. Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Class Action Lawsuits, Defective Products, Legal News, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |