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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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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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FDA Warns of Counterfeit Botox

FDA Warns of Counterfeit Botox

FDA Warns of Counterfeit Botox


A counterfeit version of Botox was found in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a safety notification dated April 16, 2015. The agency warned that the bogus products may have been sold to doctors’ offices and medical clinics across the country. An unlicensed supplier who is unauthorized to distribute drug products in the US sold the counterfeit product. Continue reading

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Flu Vaccine Recalled Over Potency Problem

Flu Vaccine Recalled Over Potency Problem

Flu Vaccine Recalled Over Potency Problem

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced a voluntary recall for the remaining doses of its 2014-2015 Flulaval Quadrivalent Thimerosal-free Pre-Filled Syringes (PFS) flu vaccine. The company discovered a reduction in the vaccine’s potency that may reduce the vaccine’s effectiveness.

Glaxo notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the recall and the recall has been posted by the two agencies and by the company. Thirteen lots of the vaccine are affected by the recall: 2B472, 379MY, 42N4L, 5AZ7H, 9A3ZM, ZS95Z, A2PK7, AR57J, DR4GF, YF5DT, F45C5, T3J4S, and XP4J2. GSK has sent a letter to customers who purchased Flulaval Quadrivalent PFS with directions for returning any unused vaccine from these lots. Continue reading

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Accident Involving School Bus and Truck in Queens Leaves Four People Injured

Accident Involving School Bus and Truck in Queens

Accident Involving School Bus and Truck in Queens

A school bus filled with 22 children hit a truck in Queens, leaving four people seriously injured. According to New York Daily News, the Penske box truck was headed southbound on Clearview Expressway when it was struck by the school bus on Hillside Ave. near Hollis Court Blvd. In Jamaica Estates. After being hit the by school bus, the truck jumped the curb and slammed into a sidewalk fruit market.

The truck hit a 34-year-old woman and three other pedestrians before hitting the product stand. Witnesses said the awning collapsed, causing fruits and vegetables to fly everywhere. The injured pedestrians were taken to Jamaica Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Officials said the injuries were serious, but non-life threatening. The first woman hit suffered a critical injury, but was stabilized by doctors at Jamaica Hospital. Continue reading

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Toro Recycler Mowers Recalled Due to Incorrect Blade Assembly

Toro Recycler Mower Recalled Due to Incorrect Blade Assembly

Toro Recycler Mower Recalled Due to Incorrect Blade Assembly

According to an April 16, 2015 recall alert posted on the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) website, Toro has recalled its walk behind power mower because the wrong blade driver was installed during assembly. This error can result in the blade breaking and lead to an injury, the alert states. Customers affected by the recall should stop using the mowers and contact Toro for a free repair. Continue reading

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Jury in Washington State Awards $1 Million to Plaintiff “Perceived” as Whistleblower

Jury in Washington State Awards $1M to Plaintiff

Jury in Washington State Awards $1M to Plaintiff

On March 26, 2015 a Washington state jury awarded a supervisor for the state’s ferry system $1 million, concluding that his employer had demoted him as an act of retaliation for perceived whistle blowing, though the plaintiff had not in fact filed the anonymous complaint. The supervisor’s act was in violation of the Washington State Employee Whistleblower Protection Act.
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OriGen VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters Recalled Due to Risk of Tube Separation

OriGen VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters Recalled

OriGen VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters Recalled

OriGen Biomedical recalled one lot of 51 VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters, according to a recall alert posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website. The devices were recalled due to the risk of the clear extension tube separating from the hub in which it is inserted. Intervention may be needed to prevent permanent impairment or damage if this occurs. The recall affects lot N18549, which expires 09/2018. OriGen knows of at least one product failure, which is associated with a serious adverse event that led to a serious patient injury, the recall indicated. Continue reading

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Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food Over Possible Glass Contamination

Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food Over Possible Glass Contamination

Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food Over Possible Glass Contamination

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Beech-Nut Nutrition is recalling approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass.

The recalled baby food was produced on December 12, 2014. The following product is subject to recall:

  • 4-oz. glass jars containing “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken”

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9/11 Responders and Workers Release Video Urging Extension of Zadroga Act

9/11 Responders & Workers Release Zadroga Act Video

9/11 Responders & Workers Release Zadroga Act Video

An advocacy group for 9/11 responders and clean-up workers, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, has released a video, urging Congress to renew the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The Zadroga Act provides treatment and compensation for those who were injured or became ill after exposure to toxins in the aftermath of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

The World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund— key provisions of the act—will expire in October 2015 and October 2016, respectively, unless the Zadroga Act is renewed. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is leading the effort for the Zadroga Act renewal. Gillibrand was a sponsor of the original legislation in 2010. Continue reading

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Concern About Conflicts of Interest in FDA Dietary Supplement Regulators

Concern About Conflicts of Interest in FDA Regulators

Concern About Conflicts of Interest in FDA Regulators

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing criticism of its regulation of dietary supplements containing a dangerous stimulant. The stimulant is BMPEA, a chemical nearly identical to amphetamine. BPMEA is added to weight-loss and workout products to enhance their effect.

BPMEA has never been tested for safety and effectiveness in humans and is not a permissible ingredient in dietary supplements. The FDA was the first agency to suspect that BMPEA had been added to supplements that listed the little-known plant acacia rigidula among the ingredients. Experts say that plant listings like this are often an indication that the manufacturer is trying to disguise a chemical additive as a natural botanical extract, the New York Times reports. Continue reading

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Tri-Methyl Xtreme Supplements May Lead to Liver Damage, FDA Says

Tri-Methyl Xtreme Supplements May Lead to Liver Damage

Tri-Methyl Xtreme Supplements May Lead to Liver Damage

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that Tri-Methyl Xtreme, a muscle-building supplement sold by Las Vegas company Extreme Products Group, has been linked to liver damage. According to Associated Press, the supplement was linked to three reported injuries in California, New Jersey and Utah. The FDA began investigating the product following these reports.

Tri-Methyl Xtreme claims to contain anabolic steroids, although it is sold as a dietary supplement. Dr. Charles Lee of the FDA drug center’s office of compliance said that anabolic steroids “may have a range of serious adverse effects on many organ systems, and the damage may be irreversible,” according to Wall Street Journal. The FDA warned that these chemicals can also negatively impact cholesterol levels, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, cause masculinity in women and lead to testicle shrinkage. Continue reading

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