The plaintiffs in 28 lawsuits over the antidepressant drug Cymbalta have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize the actions in California (In Re: Cymbalta Products Liability Litigation).
The plaintiffs allege that drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. deceived patients about the negative withdrawal reactions they would experience when they ended treatment with Cymbalta (duloxetine). The reactions include “brain zaps” – electric shock sensations – and other adverse health reactions. On August 15, 2014, the plaintiffs asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize their lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation in California. “Coordination of these lawsuits will ensure that redundancies and discovery efforts are not duplicated,” said Gary Falkowitz, managing attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. Continue reading
A new study in the BMJ suggests that the antibiotic clarithromycin may increase some patients’ risk of dying from heart-related causes.
Clarithromycin is prescribed for millions of people each year, HealthDay reports. The Danish research group that conducted the study said their findings require confirmation. Clarithromycin and the antibiotic roxithromycin are drugs in the group of antibiotics called macrolides. The researchers believe that macrolides increase the risk of potentially deadly heart rhythm problems in some patients. The study was published online in the BMJ on August 19. Continue reading
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that Cardiovascular Systems is recalling some lots of its Diamondback 360 Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Systems.
The agency has deemed this recall a Class I, its most serious type of recall designation and one that involves situations in which a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product may cause serious adverse health consequences, or death. Continue reading
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal.” Despite this, products containing this banned substance continue to be sold to consumers.
For example, Regenaca Worldwide just recalled diet capsules containing DMAA, according to NutrainIngredients. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine; methylhexanamine; or geranium extract and is typically used as a stimulant, as a pre-workout product, and as a weight loss ingredient in dietary supplement products, according to the FDA. Continue reading
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into whether the repair made to 156 fire trucks recalled in 2013 adequately fixed the problem with the trucks’ aerial ladders, which can unexpectedly fall.
Late last year Sutphen Corp. recalled 156 aerial platform trucks from model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The company initiated another recall last week, hours after three Georgia firefighters were injured during a training session when a five-section ladder unexpectedly retracted more than 20 feet before it jammed. The firefighters were in the bucket atop the ladder of the 2006 Sutphen engine. In June, three Pennsylvania firefighters were injured during a rapid descent of their aerial platform on a 2010 Sutphen truck. Since these injuries occurred after the trucks had been repaired in the 2013 recall, NHTSA is investigating “the adequacy of the recall remedy.” Continue reading
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has issued a reminder to those who participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center from September 11, 2001 through September 12, 2002 to register their service with the board.
Registering will preserve the right to future benefits, if needed. The notification applies to all who served, whether employed or as a volunteer, whether injured or not. This includes service at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill, the barges, the piers, and the morgues. Anyone in these categories should file a WTC-12 form by September 11, 2014. Employees and members of entities that participate in the New York State workers’ compensation system are eligible. Continue reading
A Cornell University engineering professor argues that the scientific case against hydraulic fracturing – fracking – continues to get stronger.
Prof. Anthony Ingraffea cites three concerns with the oil and gas drilling technique: groundwater contamination, earthquake generation, and accidental methane gas emissions. In fracking, large quantities of water and chemicals are injected deep underground under pressure to break apart shale and release oil and natural gases. Ingraffea says, “there is now, in my opinion, scientific consensus that human-induced seismicity does occur” as a result of the disposal of chemical-laced fracking wastewater in underground injection wells, Mother Jones magazine reports. Continue reading
There is a new controversy at the 9/11 Museum over a descriptive Zadroga Act panel. According to an editorial piece in the New York Post, the panel says the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was intended to ensure medical treatment and financial compensation “for those with health conditions claimed to be related to the World Trade Center Disaster.” Continue reading
There is a growing risk of mesothelioma and other cancers for 9/11 rescue workers and first responders. When the twin towers collapsed, approximately 400 tons of asbestos were released into the air and inhaled by rescue workers. Recently, medical experts reported that over 2,500 WTC victims have been diagnosed with cancer. Continue reading
Newly published research from Baylor University shows that people who frequently eat instant noodle products may increase their risk for cardiometabolic syndrome.
Because ramen consumption is higher among Asian populations, the research focused primarily on South Korea, which has the highest per-capita numbers of instant noodle consumers, according to Newswise, a news site of the Baylor Research Institute. South Koreans have recently experienced a rapid increase in health problems, specifically heart disease, which could lead to increased mortality and increased health care costs. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition. Continue reading