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

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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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

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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Research Studies Show Link Between Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer

A Canadian research and media organization says that findings from a number of peer-reviewed research studies indicate that cell phone radiation causes cancer and other diseases.

The Montreal-based organization Global Research says that cell phone radiation can penetrate the body and many experts believe it causes cell changes that lead to cancer. Studies done to date indicate cell phone radiation exposure is principally linked to two types of brain tumor, gliomas and acoustic neuromas. Gliomas start in the brain or spine and are typically malignant; most people survive only one to three years after diagnosis. Acoustic neuromas, though non-malignant, can be life threatening because they cause increased intracranial pressure. Continue reading

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Growing Body of Evidence Suggests Cell Phones can Cause Cancer

For many years, a growing body of research has suggested that cell phones can increase the risk of cancer. Recently, Global Research published a report highlighting “44 Reasons to Believe Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer”. According to the National Cancer Institute ““Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues…“Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues ” Continue reading

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Child Dies from Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

Police report that a one-year-old child died in Fort Plain, New York, after ingesting liquid nicotine, used in e-cigarettes.

The child was found unresponsive and rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, ABC News reports. A statement from Fort Plain police called the death a “tragic accident.” Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Concerned about Interior Power Failure

One Jeep Grand Cherokee owner is afraid due to an interior power failure issue that leaves her driving in the dark. The Morning Call reports that Sandy Busedu experiences this issue about once a week; the interior power failure turns off the dashboard instruments and interior dome lights, radio and heater. Ms. Busedu is unable to see how fast she is driving when this happens. Furthermore, it appears that she is not the only one to experience this issue.

“Now it’s occurring more often and I’m afraid to go on a long-distance drive,” she said to The Morning Call. Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Potentially Life-Threatening Skin Condition with Antipsychotic Drug Geodon

In a safety announcement last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) is associated with a rare but serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body.

The FDA is requiring the manufacturer to add a new warning to the Geodon drug label to describe the serious condition known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). Patients taking Geodon who develop a fever with a rash and/or swollen lymph glands should seek immediate medical attention, the agency advises. Ziprasidone should immediately be stopped if DRESS is suspected. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Sutphen Firetrucks Recalled due to Faulty Ladder

Sutphen has recalled its firetrucks to repair a cable failure that could cause the aerial ladders to collapse while being used, “increasing the risk of injury to a user”, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced. According to Associated Press, the recall began in November and affects trucks from the 2000 to 2014 model years.

Last November, Sutphen recalled 156 aerial platform trucks from model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly. The company issued another recall in July. Hours before the recall was issued, one of the ladders being used in Hall County, Ga. retracted more than 20 feet and jammed, injuring three firefighters. Three firefighters were also injured a month earlier in Erie, Pa when their aerial platform rapidly descended.

The NHTSA announced it was investigating the issue in August to determine whether the repair for the 2013 recall was adequate. Trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years are affected by the investigation. Drew Sutphen, company president, stated on the website that fire departments should not use the ladders until further notice. The statement said the company has “voluntarily removed all 5-Section Aerial Devices (SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110) from service” and is undertaking a thorough review of the equipment and the 2013 remedy.

In the 2013 recall, the company said that ball bears could seize and cause the cables running over them to chafe and fail. The July 2014 and November 2013 recalls both involved the SPH100, SPI112 and SAI110.

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Judge Urges C.R. Bard to Settle Thousands of Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

In a rare move, a federal judge has urged device maker, C.R. Bard, to settle thousands of lawsuits brought over its vaginal mesh implants. According to Bloomberg.com, the move was made as juries are expected to potentially award billions of dollars in damages in the cases.

“I can’t imagine a corporation facing potentially billions of dollars in verdicts wouldn’t find it advisable to try to achieve a settlement for a much lesser sum,” U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia, said at a December 9 hearing, according to a transcript. “I base that billions of dollars of business on some of the rather large verdicts that we’ve had,” the judge added, according to Bloomberg.com. The judge noted that the many multi-million-dollar verdicts that have been reached against a number of implant device makers, including C.R. Bard, should provide incentive for the device maker to, by 2015, resolve the more than 12,000 cases it faces. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

Health Canada Warns About Risk that Uterine Surgery Tool May Spread Cancer

In a Notice to Hospitals, Canada’s national health regulatory agency, has warned about the use of laparoscopic morcellators during hysterectomies and surgeries for uterine fibroids.

The notice warns that the use of a morcellator during minimally invasive hysterectomy or fibroid surgery may result in the spread and “upstaging” of an undetected uterine cancer.  These cancers cannot “reliably” be detected preoperatively, according to Health Canada. The frequency of such unsuspected uterine cancer is estimated to be about 1-in-350, a higher rate than previously reported. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

12-year-old Valley Stream Boy Dies after being Hit by Driver with Suspended License

On Thursday, a 12-year-old boy in Valley Stream was struck and killed by a car on his way to school, Newsday reports. Nassau police say the driver had a suspended license.

According to Newsday, the boy was standing on the southeast corner of South Franklin Avenue and West Merrick Road and started crossing west onto South Franklin. He was hit by a 29-year-old man of Seaford driving a GMC Yukon. He was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
“I can’t believe this is happening. I keep telling myself he’s with his father now.” said the boy’s grandmother to Newsday; in 2006, the boy’s father died of pneumonia. His grandmother described him as “a very happy boy, very smart”. He participated in Boy Scouts and Little League teams. Continue reading

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Retaliation Against Corporate Whistleblowers at All-Time High

Retaliation against corporate whistleblowers is at an all-time high, according to Stephen Kohn of the National Whistleblowers Center.

In addition, Kohn said, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign against the False Claims Act, one of the country’s most effective whistleblower laws. Continue reading

Posted in Whistleblower |

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