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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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Woman Killed on Sunrise Highway When Her Disabled Car Struck From Behind

A woman sitting inside her disabled car on the shoulder of Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore, New York, was killed on Wednesday when another vehicle hit her car from behind, police said.

Jessica Ortiz of Deer Park was stopped on the westbound side of the highway, just west of Exit 43, Fifth Avenue, at about 12:36 p.m. when her car was struck, Newsday reports. A flatbed tow truck had pulled up in front of Ortiz’s vehicle when a Chevy Caprice, driven by Raymond Reinhardt, ran into the back of Ortiz’s car. Ortiz’s car then struck the back of the tow truck, police said. She was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead. Continue reading

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Study Links Prostate Cancer Medications to Higher Risk of Heart-Related Deaths in Men with Cardiovascular Problems

Taking certain prostate cancer medications can increase the risk of heart-related deaths in men who have cardiovascular problems, according to a new study published in BJU International.

The study focused on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), which fights to inhibit cancer cells by lowering levels of male hormones in the body. ADT is a widely used treatment for prostate cancer. Although it helps treat cancer, these drugs are linked to heart problems, including a higher risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, heart attacks and sudden cardiac death. Continue reading

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Two Motor Sports Companies Settle with CPSC over Defective Products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a record $4.3 million settlement with two companies accused of not immediately informing the agency of defects in their minibikes and go-karts that resulted in serious burns for some users.

The agency alleged that Baja Inc. and One World Technologies Inc. had already received several reports of injuries and implemented design changes with their manufacturer. Baja told the CPSC about two defects in some minibikes and go-karts were distributed from 2004 until 2010. One of the defects caused the gas cap on 308,000 minibikes and go-karts to leak or detach, exposing riders to burn risks, according Law360. Continue reading

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

Massachusetts Town Considers Tobacco Ban

The town of Westminster, Massachusetts may be the first to implement a tobacco ban in the United States, Law360 reports. According to the town’s website, the Westminster Board of Health wants all stores 50 miles northwest of Boston to stop selling all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

The sale of flavored tobacco products is already prohibited in New York City and Chicago, but a full ban has never been imposed.

“If the proposal passes, Westminster will indeed be the first community in the nation to ban all tobacco sales,” said executive director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute Mark Gottlieb to Law360. “But we expect to see other towns move aggressively to promote a culture of health and wellness by severely restricting tobacco sales in the near future.” He also stated that tobacco is banned in pharmacies in over 80 Massachusetts towns and 30 states have raised the age of tobacco sales to 21. Continue reading

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Judge Rules Navy Worker’s Asbestos Claims Against GE and Crane Can Go Forward

A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled recently that a former U.S. Navy service member can pursue claims against Crane Co., General Electric and two other companies that he was exposed to asbestos while working aboard Navy ships.

Last week U.S. Judge Eduardo Robreno denied bids by Crane and Guardline Inc. for summary judgment, ruling that plaintiff had provided sufficient evidence that he had been exposed to asbestos from their products, Law360 reports. The judge granted GE partial summary judgment on claims that the man was exposed to asbestos from the wire wrappings on its equipment, although he preserved the plaintiff’s claims that he was exposed to asbestos from other products by the company. Continue reading

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GM Ignition Switch Defect Linked to 30 Deaths

General Motors Co. ignition switch defect has been linked to one more death, bringing the total up to 30 fatalities, according to a report from the office of the attorney managing the compensation fund. According to Law360, the defect has been tied to seven deaths since the beginning of October. The report showed that 1,580 total claims have been received since the fund began accepting claims in August. Last week, that figure was 1,517.

According to the report, 61 claims for fatalities and injuries from the defect have been approved. The issue with the ignition switch is that it can cause the car to switch out of the “run” mode while driving, cutting power to the engine and disabling airbags. Continue reading

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Drivers Protest Long Island Speed Cameras

On Sunday, a group of Long Island drivers gathered in protest to demand that Nassau County suspend its school zone speed camera program.

The protest was held on Oyster Bay Road in front of Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville. The previous day News 12 reported that the county averages $200,000 a day in speed camera revenues. The protesting drivers claim the implementation of the speed camera was seriously flawed and they want the program suspended. The protesters call for better signage where the cameras are in operation. Rally organizer Amie Nemeth says “the signage needs to be better . . . We want safety. Give us signs where the zone begins and where it ends.” Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Court Supports $10 Million Verdict in Children’s Motrin SJS Case

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently supported a $10 million verdict issued against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil-PPC over a Children’s Motrin lawsuit. The suit involved a 3-year-old girl who suffered a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) after taking Children’s Motrin for a slight fever and cold.

SJS and a similar condition known as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are severe allergic reactions that are usually caused by prescription and over-the-counter medications. SJS and TEN may be caused by essentially any drug, but some present a higher risk than others. Over-the-counter painkillers containing ibuprofen, including Motrin and Children’s Motrin, may increase the likelihood of these conditions. Continue reading

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Eight Injured in Car-Bus Crash in Brooklyn

Eight people were injured in an accident last Wednesday evening when a car slammed into a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and sent the bus hurtling into several parked cars and a building.

New York television station CBS 2 reports that a surveillance camera captured the moment the accident occurred. Jamie Balzano, one of the people injured said, “It happened so fast, I was just trying to hold on, you know, so I don’t fall.” Continue reading

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Whistleblower Awarded $175 Million in Trinity Guardrail Case

A Texas jury awarded $175 million to a whistleblower who alleged that Trinity Industries changed the design of its guardrail systems without notifying regulators, making them a safety hazard. On Monday, the jury deliberated for several hours in the U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas. They found that when Trinity modified the design of the ET-Plus guardrail end in 2005, the company made false claims to regulators.

The ET-Plus highway guardrail system is supposed to mitigate injuries by absorbing impact in case of a collision. The original version of this product was crash tested and federally approved. However, in 2005 the company modified the design of the guardrail head. The whistleblower alleges that the new version locks up and can impale oncoming vehicles. Trinity failed to inform regulators when they made the changes, the lawsuit alleges. Allegedly, there have been at least a dozen incidents, some fatal, where the modified ET-Plus guardrail spears the car instead of cushioning it. Continue reading

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