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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Another Try for MDL for PPI Lawsuits – Kidney Damage Allegations

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are drugs used in the treatment of acid reflux or heartburn. Plaintiffs have filed lawsuits alleging that these medications caused kidney injuries and have filed a motion to consolidate 172 pending federal lawsuits to a multidistrict litigation (MDL). An MDL is frequently created to streamline a procedure by combining cases with similar complaints to be tried in one court before one judge. This lowers court costs, allows for a faster outcome, and is typically more efficient.

In each of the lawsuits against the drug manufacturers including AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Wyeth, among others, the plaintiffs allege that the drug companies failed to sufficiently warn that ingestion of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) PPIs could cause “irreparable harm” to the kidneys, according to court documents. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Nexium, Pharmaceuticals |

More Than 400 Cases in Viagra-Melanoma Multidistrict Litigation

As of May 15, 2017, 428 men are plaintiffs in a Viagra (sildenafil) multidistrict product liability litigation in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The suit alleges that the “little blue pill,” manufactured by Pfizer, is connected to a significant increase in the risk of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Viagra has been prescribed to millions of men to solve problems with erectile dysfunction. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Viagra |

Johnson & Johnson Loses Fourth Transvaginal Mesh Trial

On May 26, 2017, health care giant Johnson & Johnson lost its fourth surgical mesh lawsuit when a Philadelphia jury returned a verdict of $2.16 million against Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology division.

Observers see this fourth loss in four trials as a trend in lawsuits over alleged surgical mesh complications. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

MusclMasster Recalls Al-ER-G Capsules due to Ephedra

MusclMasster, LLC, is recalling all bottles of Al-Er-G Capsules due to the presence of Ephedra Herb, an ingredient that has been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dietary supplements that contain ephedrine alkaloids pose a risk of serious health consequences, including heart attack, stroke, and death. These risks are proportionately unreasonable in light of any benefits that may result from their use.

This product was distributed from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, through a wellness center and retail store and does not contain UPC codes or expiration dates. The lot number is 314. The product was shipped to Wyoming, South Carolina, and Washington between 2016 and 2017. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

Multicounty Litigation Created for Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Lawsuits

Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Implant Lawsuits Consolidated into Multicounty Litigation

The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided to consolidate state lawsuits over the Stryker LFIT V40 hip implants into a multicounty litigation. Plaintiffs allege injuries from the LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral heads, and allege that device makers failed to warn of the risks. Howmedica Osteonics Corp. has been named as defendant. The product in question is a metal-on-metal hip implant, a category of devices that has become controversial in recent years.

Parker Waichman LLP personal injury attorneys note that metal-on-metal hip implants have come under scrutiny following recalls and thousands of lawsuits. The firm represents numerous clients in metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits and continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals who have questions about pursuing a case. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

“Superbug” Bacteria Live in One-Quarter of Nursing Home Residents

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Affects 1 in 4 Nursing Home Residents

New findings suggest that one in four nursing home residents has antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”. Researchers reviewed findings from eight previous studies and found that the rate of multidrug-resistant bacteria ranged between 11 and 59 percent; the average was 27 percent.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing nursing home abuse and neglect victims. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Products Africana Receives FDA Warning Letter for Violations

FDA Letter Says Products are “Adulterated” Due to Manufacturing Violations

New Jersey-based Products Africana has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that the company has violated Current Good Manufacturing (CGMP) Regulations in Manufacturing, Packaging or Holding Human Food. The company’s fermented cornmeal products (Ga and Fanti Kenkey) and Hot pepper sauce with dried shrimp products are subsequently adulterated, the letter states. The FDA cited problems with maintaining the building and other physical facilities at the plant.

Parker Waichman LLP has decades of experience successfully representing clients in personal injury lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free, no-obligation legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a food contamination lawsuit. Continue reading

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FDA Cites Sweet Springs Valley Water Co. for E. Coli Contamination

Sweet Springs Valley Water Co. Receives FDA Warning Letter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cited Sweet Springs Valley Water Co. for violating federal regulations regarding its bottled water products. The agency sent a warning letter stating that products were adulterated due to unsanitary conditions. Regulators said the bottled water may be contaminated with E. coli, presenting a health risk to consumers.

Parker Waichman LLP has decades of experience successfully representing clients in personal injury lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free, no-obligation legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a food contamination lawsuit. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

New Lawsuit Alleges PPI Heartburn Medications Caused Kidney Injuries

PPI Lawsuit Alleges Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid Makers Failed to Warn of Risks

Lawsuits continue to be filed over proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), including Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. These medications, which are used to treat heartburn and acid reflux disease, work by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. PPI kidney injury lawsuits began mounting after two studies linked the heartburn drugs to an increased risk of kidney disease. One lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of an Alabama woman.

Parker Waichman LLP has spent decades representing clients in drug injury lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a PPI kidney damage lawsuit. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Magellan Diagnostics Recalls Lead Testing Systems That May Give Inaccurate Results

Magellan Diagnostics has recalled its LeadCare Testing Systems because the devices may underestimate blood lead levels and give inaccurate results when processing venous blood samples. Falsely lower test results may lead to improper treatment for lead exposure or poisoning.

The recalled Magellan testing devices were manufactured from September 2013 to now, and were distributed nationwide from September 2014 to the present. More than one million devices have been recalled. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Flint Michigan, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

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