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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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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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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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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 ...

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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Xarelto and Blood Thinners in its Class Linked to Internal Bleeding and Blood Clots

Blood thinners and anti-coagulation drugs sometimes lead to internal bleeding and blood clots. Established blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin) have carefully established prescribing protocols that allow doctors to protect their patients and to deal with adverse side effects when they are taking the drug.

Xarelto (rivaroxaban), one of a newer class of blood thinners, is prescribed for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia of the heart) and to prevent blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism in patients who are undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery. Xarelto is an alternative to warfarin (Coumadin), an anticoagulant that has been on the market for more than 60 years. Continue reading

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FDA Warning Insufficient to Stop Fresenius Dialysis Lawsuits, Court Hears

In the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, attorneys representing plaintiffs argued that a 2012 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning did not bar lawsuits filed over Fresenius’ GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis drugs. Plaintiffs in the litigation asserted there was no proof that patients or physicians were aware of the warning, making it an insufficient reason to prevent lawsuits from proceeding.

The FDA posted a notice regarding Fresenius’ GranuFlo and NaturaLyte on May 25, 2012. In attempting to block hundreds of lawsuits from joining a multidistrict litigation, Fresenius argued that the notice was posted beyond the three-year statute of limitations. However, plaintiffs’ attorneys told the court that this argument is invalid because there is no proof physicians or their patients knew about the notification. The warning was simply posted on the FDA website and not sent to doctors or their patients. Continue reading

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Jury Returns $13.5 Million Verdict against Johnson & Johnson in Pelvic Mesh Trial

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A Philadelphia jury has returned a $13.5 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division in a case over Ethicon’s faulty pelvic mesh implants.

The plaintiff in the case alleges that the implant left her in near constant pain and discomfort and unable to have sex, Law360 reports. The jury agreed that the Ethicon transvaginal tape (TVT) was not reasonably safe, and that the woman’s doctor would never have implanted the product had he been aware of its risks. Continue reading

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Medical Center Mistakenly Tells Wrong Family Their Loved One Was Dying

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In an unfortunate incident last week, a Toledo, Ohio medical center told a woman that her mother, who had come in for a routine tooth extraction, had gone into cardiac arrest and was on life support.

Andrea Stebbins brought her mother, Belinda Helton, to Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center on February 3, 2016 for the procedure. As she waited for her mother to get out of surgery, a doctor and a nurse came out to tell her that her mother had gone into cardiac arrest and was on life support, Omaha television station WOWT reports. They advised her to notify family members immediately.

The notification was a mistake, but before the doctor realized the error and returned to tell Stebbins, she had given the bad news to her 87-year-old grandmother. “[The doctor] came back and told me he was extremely sorry that there was a mistake made,” said Stebbins, “and that he indeed gave me information in regards to another patient.” Belinda Helton’s procedure had gone well and she was in recovery.

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center issued a statement that said, “The compassionate and high quality care we provide to our patients and their families is of the utmost priority to all of us at Mercy. Yesterday afternoon, a family who was waiting for a loved one at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, was incorrectly notified about the condition of their loved one. The clinical team recognized the error within minutes and the notification was corrected.” Mercy St. Vincent offered an apology to the family and said it was “reviewing notification protocols to prevent such occurrences moving forward,” WOWT reports.

Stebbins said that her mother is recovering well from her procedure. Stebbins said she hopes that sharing what she describes as a “very traumatizing” experience, another family does not have to go through a similar situation, according to WOWT.

 

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Latest Airbag Problem May Result in Recall of up to 5 Million Vehicles

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In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week, Continental Automotive Systems reports a potentially dangerous problem with its airbags that can lead to the failure of the airbags to deploy or to deployment without a crash.

Continental Automotive Systems says moisture can get inside the airbag control computers, causing the power supplies to corrode and fail, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Continue reading

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Flint is Not the Only City with Lead-Tainted Tap Water

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The city of Flint, Michigan is not alone in facing drinking-water contamination issues, New York Times reports. After budget cuts led to a switch in water source, as many as 8,000 children under age 6 have been exposed to dangerously high levels of lead. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no safe level of lead in children. Even in small amounts, lead exposure can lead to developmental problems.

According to NYT, issues with tainted drinking-water are not limited to Flint, which may be the site of the most serious contamination in the country. Last year, the town of Sebring, Ohio found unsafe levels of lead in the drinking water. The lead contamination stemmed from the fact that workers stopped adding a chemical that prevents corrosion in lead water pipes. City officials did not take action to protect pregnant women or children for five months. Lead contamination also occurred in Washington, D.C. after the city changed methods for disinfecting its drinking water. In 2001, tap water in homes contained as much as 20 times the federally approved level of lead. Residents did not know about the issue for three years. When they were finally notified, officials made repairs that ultimately only prolonged the lead exposure. Continue reading

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Fresh Express Recalls Chopped Romaine Packages that May Contain Undeclared Allergens

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Fresh Express Incorporated has recalled some 32-ounce packages of Fresh Express Chopped Romaine because they may contain undeclared allergens.

Fresh Express representatives are coordinating with stores to remove the recalled product from store shelves. No other Fresh Express products are included in this recall, according to the company’s recall announcement. No illnesses have been reported. Continue reading

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California Coconut Oil Maker Faces Class Action over Labeling Claims

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A proposed class action against a company that touts its coconut oil as “healthy,” claims the company misleads consumers into thinking the product is good for them when it is almost entirely made up of saturated fat.

A California woman claims that labels on Carrington Tea Co. LLC’s Carrington Farms extra virgin coconut oil and coconut cooking oil have deceived consumers since the products came on the market in 2013, Law360 reports. The label includes health claims that violate U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and the state’s False Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law, and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, the lawsuit alleges. Continue reading

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Man Killed by Falling Construction Crane in New York City

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A construction crane with a boom nearly 600 feet high killed a 38-year-old pedestrian when it crashed onto Worth Street on Friday, February 5. David Wichs was killed on his way to work and three others were injured by the falling crane.

Workers were attempting to secure the crane’s tower during a snowstorm with winds of about 20 mph., the New York Post reports. The collapse occurred just before 8:30 a.m. Continue reading

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Honda has Added More than 2 Million More Vehicles to Airbag Recall

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Honda has added an additional 2.23 million vehicles in the U.S. to the list of vehicles recalled over Takata airbags that could explode.

On Wednesday, February 2, the automaker said that certain Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2005 to 2016 model years are being recalled to replace the Takata-manufactured driver-side front airbag inflators, USA Today reports. Continue reading

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