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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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

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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Expert Witness in Chantix Case Seeks Pfizer Documents

An expert witness in the multidistrict litigation over Chantix (varenicline), a smoking cessation drug, has moved to unseal court records in advance of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meeting to consider whether the drug should carry a warning about suicide risk.

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, an expert causation witness for the plaintiffs, and Thomas Moore, a drug-safety researcher, called for the unsealing of thousands of Pfizer Inc. internal documents, National Law Journal reports. Both wrote about how smoking cessation treatments like Chantix are associated with a higher incidence of depression, suicide and violence toward other people. The two experts “want to ensure the public debate about the psychiatric side effects of Chantix includes a balanced scientific record, which was examined in depth in the Chantix litigation,” according to court documents.  The FDA meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16. Continue reading

Posted in Chantix, Pharmaceuticals |

Exxon’s Attempt to De-Certify Class Action Lawsuit is Countered

Exxon Mobil’s attempt to de-certify the class action status of a couple’s lawsuit should be denied, the couple’s attorney argued. According to Arkansas Democrat Gazette, a federal judge granted class action status to the lawsuit, which was filed over an oil spill in Mayflower. Exxon Mobil has petitioned to appeal this decision. Continue reading

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FDA Continues to Express Concern Regarding e-Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the exact health effects of e-cigarettes remain unknown. E-cigarettes provide a different nicotine delivery system that, instead of providing smoke, provides vapor.

Not unexpectedly, the makers of e-cigarettes argue that their products are safer than traditional cigarettes; however, the FDA has questions concerning the fairly new nicotine products, according to Daily News Journal. “While e-cigarette aerosol may contain fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke, studies evaluating whether e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes are inconclusive,” the FDA indicated in a recent report. The agency also questioned claims that e-cigarettes may be of help in smoking cessation, indicating in the report that, “No e-cigarette has been approved by FDA as a cessation aid.” Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Portico TAVR Heart Device Implants Halted Over Safety Concerns

Device maker St. Jude Medical has halted implantation of the Portico transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) over safety concerns that surfaced in U.S. clinical trials.

The Portico TAVR device is intended for patients with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing) who are at high risk for open-heart valve replacement surgery or who cannot have surgery. In an email to Medscape, the company confirmed that it had halted implantation worldwide while evaluating “recent cases of reduced valve leaflet mobility that were reported from a small number of CT scans performed approximately 30 days after implant in the U.S. IDE [investigational device exemption] study.” Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

DePuy Executive Questioned about Pinnacle Hip Implant Safety Studies in Bellwether Trial

On Monday, a DePuy executive was questioned about whether or not the company properly analyzed the dangers of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant. According to Reuters, Depuy worldwide vice president of clinical research Pamela Plouhar took the stand in the bellwether trial.

There are over 6,000 Pinnacle lawsuits consolidated in Dallas federal court. The first to go to trial was filed on behalf of a 58-year old Montana woman who received two metal-on-metal versions of the Pinnacle hip implant in 2009. Her lawsuit, filed in 2012, alleges that the defective devices released cobalt into her bloodstream and caused it to jump up to 85 times the normal level. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Newer Joint Replacement Systems May Offer No Benefit

According to a systematic review published online September 9th in the BMJ, there is no evidence to support the use of 5 newer joint replacement devices compared to analogous products that have been on the market longer. In fact, the risk of undergoing revision surgery is higher with some of the newer systems.

The study was led by Marc J. Nieuwenhuijse, MD, PhD from the Patient Centered Comparative Effectiveness Program and US Food and Drug Administration Medical Device Epidemiology Science and Infrastructure Center, Department of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, City; the Department of Orthopaedics, Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands; and the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD. He and his colleagues wrote that “[N]ew technologies are being introduced to the commercial market without sufficient high quality evidence for improved benefit over existing, well proven, and safe alternative implant solutions…[T]he status quo regarding the introduction of new device technologies is not acceptable.” Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Nineteen Deaths Linked to GM Ignition Switch Defect

Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney overseeing the General Motors compensation fund, has so far linked 19 deaths to a serious flaw with the ignition switches, a higher number than the 13 deaths GM had acknowledged in crashes resulting from the switch problem.

The fund has received 125 death claims and 320 injury claims in the five weeks it has been operating. Feinberg has found 31 claims eligible for compensation, CNN Money reports. Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Fracking Workers Exposed to High Levels of Benzene, Study Finds

Workers at hydraulic fracturing – fracking – oil and gas sites are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends that workers limit their benzene exposure to an average of 0.1 of a part per million during their shift. But when the researchers measured airborne benzene workers would be exposed to when they opened hatches on tanks at well sites, 15 of 17 samples exceeded that amount, the Los Angeles Times reports. Benzene levels at the wells “reached concentrations that, depending on the length of exposure, potentially pose health risks for workers,” the researchers wrote in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Workers must open the hatches one to four times per hour to inspect and measure the contents. Continue reading

Posted in Benzene, Health Concerns, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Popular Acne Treatment can Cause Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions, FDA Warns

Over-the-counter (OTC) acne treatments are widely available and frequently used, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that some may lead to life-threatening allergic reactions.

Signs of an allergic reaction include tightness in the throat, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue and hives or itching in the area where the treatment was used. Consumers should stop using the product and seek medical attention immediately if they experience a reaction. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

DePuy Pinnacle Trial Proceeds, More DePuy Witnesses Testify

The DePuy Pinnacle bellwether trial continues, as DePuy witnesses continue to testify. The trial, which began on September 2nd in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks. Nine people, 5 women and 4 men, are on the jury. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

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