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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & 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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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Aggressive Drivers and Road Rage Pose a Threat to NY Drivers

Many individuals in New York and across the country experience anger and impatience when driving through traffic. People get frustrated when they are late to a meeting or an appointment and traffic has come to a standstill. As many as eight out of ten drivers admit to participating in this dangerous practice. Aggressive driving behavior threatens the lives of those doing the reckless driving, as well as the lives of everyone else on the road.

Signs of Aggressive Driving

According to AAA (Automobile Association of America), there are several driving behaviors that are indications of aggressive driving. These include: switching lanes erratically and blocking other drivers; racing or speeding with other vehicles; failing to yield to stop signs, pedestrian crossings, and traffic signals; aggressive honking, yelling obscenities, using inappropriate hand gestures; seeking confrontations with other drivers; and following too closely or tailgating. Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Motor Vehicles |

Slap Bracelets Recalled due to Laceration Hazard

On September 7, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding bracelets sold with storybooks due to a potential laceration hazard. Studio Fun International recalled approximately 86,000 slap bracelets that were sold in the United States and in Canada.

The concern was that the metal band can wear through the fabric covering the bracelet resulting in cuts to hands or fingers. Bracelets affected by the recall were included with “DreamWorks Trolls: It’s Hug Time” storybooks. The bracelet consists of an inner, flexible metal band wrapped in a purple fabric covering with a pink fabric flower, reports the Daily Hornet. Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Faulty St. Jude Riata Defibrillators may have Fatal Consequences

Patients who still have recalled St. Jude Defibrillators leads in their chests have many reasons to be vigilant. Premature insulation failure in the recalled device has been tentatively linked to polymicrobial endocarditis, a serious, often deadly condition that leads to inflammation of the heart lining, muscles and valves. The decayed insulation on the electrical leads that connect the pacemaker to a patient’s heart may be a perfect breeding ground for fungi and bacteria that can attack a patient’s heart.

Patients suffering from endocarditis may experience: high fever, new or different heart murmur, fatigue, muscle pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, night sweats, headache, blood in the urine, and unexpected weight loss. In addition, small spots from broken vessels under the nails, on the whites of the eyes, on the chest, in the roof of the mouth, and inside the cheeks, may also be experienced. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices, St. Jude Defibrillators |

Monsanto May Have Colluded to Stop Release of Cancer Link to Roundup

Undue Influence Used to Cease Official Release of Damaging Scientific Data”

Documents that have been released in a lawsuit brought against Monsanto over its weed killer, Roundup, have raised some issues concerning if Monsanto attempted to influence public opinion via collusion and the way in which it guided data published by mainstream media, various authors, and scientific research publications. Also, it appears that an internal debate at Monsanto took place over the safety of Roundup. The multidistrict litigation is Roundup (Monsanto) MDL 2741, United States District Court, Northern District, California.

The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which is the most common weed killer in the world and which is used globally on farm crops and by home gardeners. Roundup’s largest market is the United States. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

2018 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, GMC Acadia Recalled

Approximately 2,900 vehicles of the model-year 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2018 GMC Terrain SUVs, and 2017-1018 GMC Acadia SUVs have been recalled, according to the Daily Hornet. The problem is that the right front intermediate driveshaft may fracture. If the driveshaft breaks off or separates while driving, it will make the vehicle suddenly lose propulsion, which increases the danger of a crash. According to the recall notice, the problem also poses a “rollaway” hazard if it occurs when the vehicle is parked on a hill without the parking brake engaged.

Dealerships will replace the right front immediate drive shaft assembly at no cost. As of August 30, no accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall, reports the Daily Hornet. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Bestherbal Herbal Coffee Recalled Over Possible Tainting with Viagra-Like Substance

Bestherbal Coffee Recalled New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natjral Herbs Coffee

Bestherbs Coffee LLC just has issued a recall for its “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee” following an analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that identified the presence of a drug that is similar to the active ingredient in the male erectile dysfunction (ED) drug, Viagra.

The recalled coffee product may contain undeclared desmethyl carbodenafil. This ingredient is similar sildenafil citrate, which is the active ingredient in Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs, noted The Daily Hornet. The presence of this drug might be deadly when combined with nitrates found in heart and blood pressure medications, according to an FDA recall notice issued Thursday. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

Thousands of Propane Cylinders Recalled Because of Fire Risk

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in conjunction with Health Canada announced the recall of certain refillable propane cylinders that pose a risk of explosion and fire.

YSN Imports, of Gardena, California, which distributes the propane cylinders, has received at least two reports of connecting valves unscrewing from Flame King, Little Kamper and U-Haul-brand propane cylinders, according to the CPSC.

If the connecting valve is not secure, gas could leak, causing an explosion or fire. The fire could result in injuries or property damage. According to the CPSC, to date no injuries have been reported in connection with this recall.

The product attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are available to answer questions from consumers who have concerns about the defective propane cylinders.

The refillable propane cylinders are designed for use with outdoor appliances like barbecue grills and portable stoves. The recalled propane cylinders include:

  • Flame King 14.1 oz. blue (serial numbers 000001 through 004700)
  • Flame King 16.4 oz. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)
  • Little Kamper 16 oz. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)
  • U-Haul 1 lb. blue (serial numbers 000001 through 004700)
  • U-Haul 1 lb. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)

According to the CPSC, about 24,000 of the possibly defective cylinders were sold in the U.S. and another 1,100 were sold in Canada. The propane cylinders were manufactured in Thailand.

The cylinders were sold at stores including Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Kamps, Propane Depot, U-Haul and others. The cylinders were also sold online at Amazon.com and through other websites from November 2013 through September 2016. The price was between $10 and $15 each.

CPSC Recommendations for Consumers

The CPSC recall notice advises consumers to immediately stop using any of the recalled propane cylinders they have on hand. The agency said consumers should contact YSN Imports for a full refund or a replacement propane cylinder.

Legal Help for Consumers Who Purchased Defective Propane Cylinders

If you have purchased one of the potentially defective propane cylinders or a gas leak from a cylinder has caused a fire, please contact the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP today for a free, no obligation case evaluation. To reach the firm, fill out the contact form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

 

 

 

Posted in Product Recalls |

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Recall due to Potentially Hazardous Batteries

The most recent unfortunate news for Samsung’s beleaguered line of Galaxy Note smartphones is that over 10,000 refurbished batteries for the Note 4, a three-year-old phone, are being recalled due to a risk of overheating, with the potential of fires and burn injuries, reports the Daily Hornet.

This recall seems to be unrelated, at this point, to the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. That recall affected every Galaxy Note 7 device because of a design flaw. There were multiple reports of Note 7 devices bursting into flames, burning a dozen people, and leading to two separate product recalls. The culprit was faulty batteries. The Note 4 recall appears to be more limited and so far, does not seem to be the fault of Samsung. Continue reading

Posted in Cellular Phone, Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Cook Medical Recalls Medical Device due to Blood Clot Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified the Cook Medical Zenith Alpha Thoracic Endovascular Graft as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall where there is a “reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

The Zenith Alpha Thoracic Endovascular Graft is designed to treat isolated lesions in a patient’s main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart down through the chest (descending thoracic aorta) into the abdomen. The device is used for patients who have a suitable vascular (blood vessel) anatomy for endovascular repair. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

Papaya Salmonella Victims Increase to 141 with More Possible

As of August 11, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that 141 people in nineteen states have confirmed cases of strains of salmonella traced back to papayas imported from Mexico. Victims range in age from 1 to 95 with a median age of 39. So far, 45 people have been hospitalized (32 percent) and one victim from New York, has died, the Daily Hornet reports.

Based on the information gathered to date, the CDC is advising consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm. If there is a question concerning the origins of the papaya, the agency is recommending to consumers and restaurants, when in doubt, throw it out. Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Health Concerns, Listeria, Recalled Food Products, Salmonella |

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