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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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$18 Million Settlement Finalized over Flushmate Exploding Toilets

flushmate_explosionAn $18 million settlement is being finalized over Flushmate exploding toilets, manufactured by Sloan Valve Company. The initial lawsuit, originally filed in 2012, alleged that the Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System manufactured by Sloan can unexpectedly explode, causing injury and property damage. Continue reading

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Putting Cell Phone in Your Bra could Lead to Breast Cancer, Dr. Oz Warns

Cell-Phone-in-Your-BraDr. Mehmet Oz is warning against placing your cell phone in your bra, a habit that many women do out of convenience. “When it comes to cell phones, the bra has become the new purse,” Dr. Oz said on an episode of the Dr. Oz show that aired Aug. 26th. Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rejection of Pfizer RICO Case Appeal Could Unleash Cases

PfizerThe US Supreme Court’s rejection of  an appeal from drug maker Pfizer, letting stand a First Circuit ruling that the drug company improperly marketed the epilepsy drug Neurontin to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, could unleash a flood of cases

Pfizer must pay Kaiser $142 million in damages for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and an additional $65.4 million for violating the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL). Continue reading

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Drug Maker, Teva, Recalls Parkinson’s Disease Medication as it may be “Super Potent”

tevaTeva Pharmaceutical Industries just issued a recall of one lot of its generic Parkinson’s disease combination medication, carbidopa/levodopa, over it potentially containing too much of an active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries indicated that the recall, which has been deemed a Class II, involved 3,881 bottles of carbidopa/levodopa 25 mg/100 mg, according to FiercePharmaManufacturing. Teva also indicated that stability testing revealed that the recalled carbidopa/levodopa may be what the drug maker described as “super potent.” The voluntary recall is for the entire United States. Continue reading

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Researchers Study Whether Chemicals in the Environment Increase the Risk of Diabetes

Diabetes ConceptResearchers at the University of Buffalo will be studying how chemicals in the environment affect the risk of diabetes and metabolic conditions.  According to an article posted on the university’s website, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has awarded a two-year $436,751 grant to Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD and Rajendram V. Rajnarayanan, PhD to study this issue.   Continue reading

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FDA Issues Injunction Against BioAnue Laboratories

FDA-Issues-Injunction-Against-BioAnue-LaboratoriesA federal court order demands that BioAnue Laboratories of Rochelle, Georgia stops illegally marketing its products as treatments for disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on its website. The court order, which was signed on July 23, 2014 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, says that BioAnue’s products were sold as supplements but were illegally marketed as treatments for conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. The FDA did not approve these products for those uses.

In February 2012, the FDA issued a warning lette Continue reading

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Government Will Withhold Up to One Third of Payment Records in Launch of Physician Payment Database

Launch-of-Physician-Payment-DatabaseFor next month’s launch of the Open Payment database showing payments to physicians from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers, about one-third of the records will be withheld because of data inconsistencies.

The release of payment information – intended to promote greater transparency about possible conflicts of interest in medicine – is mandated under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, according to the non-profit investigative journalism group ProPublica. Continue reading

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Court’s Discovery Order in C.R. Bard Litigation Expected to Streamline Litigation Process

Court’s-Discovery-Order-in-C-R-Bard-LitigationThe court overseeing the C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh litigation has put new discovery rules in place that are expected to streamline the discovery process in this litigation. The discovery procedures will specifically impact Collection and Preservation of Evidence in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that was organized over C.R. Bard’s transvaginal mesh devices in the United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia.

According to the Court, the new rules will provide that “discovery in this proceeding may involve the collection, division, storage, preservation, and production of biomaterials evidence for which special handling, division, storage, and preservation would be warranted.” The Order followed a stipulation requested by the parties involved in the MDL and involved a petition to the Court to enter an “evidence preservation protocol order,” that would be applicable for existing and future actions in the litigation. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

DEA Announces Stricter Classification for Hydrocodone Combination Painkillers

DEA-Announces-Stricter-ClassificationThe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced the reclassification of hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II under federal law. Schedule II drugs are substances known to be dangerous, prone to abuse, or could lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Combination hydrocodone painkiller products were previously regulated as Schedule III products under the law. Schedule III is the DEA category for substances that have accepted medical use, moderate potential for abuse, and the potential for dependency, according to the DEA definition. As a Schedule II substance, hydrocodone combination products will be subject to more stringent prescribing controls, such as bans on refills, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) reports. Continue reading

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CDC Whistleblower Exposes Data Manipulation in Vaccine and Autism Study

Data-Manipulation-in-Vaccine-and-Autism-StudyAccording to a study by Focus Autism Foundation, a whistleblower revealed the manipulation of scientific data in a 2004 study on autism and age of vaccination with  the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

A research scientist working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helped Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulation by the CDC that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys who received the MMR vaccine earlier than 36 months of age.   Continue reading

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