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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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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Eli Lilly Sued Over Marketing of Testosterone Drug

A suit filed in federal court in Newark, New Jersey claims that Eli Lilly failed to adequately warn of the risk of heart attacks and stroke with its testosterone replacement drug Axiron

Lilly markets Axiron to men by describing “symptoms” of “Low T,” such as decreased sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and loss of energy, depressed mood, decreased strength and osteoporosis. But the lawsuit claims Low T is a “non-existent and unrecognized medical condition,” according to New Jersey Law Journal. The symptoms are often merely the result of increasing age or weight gain, according to court papers. Continue reading

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Potential Xolair Side Effects Include Serious Cardiac Injuries

Potential-Xolair-Side-Effects-Include-Serious-Cardiac-InjuriesHeart attack or cancer are two possible side effects of the asthma medication, Xolair (omalizumab). In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting an evaluation of interim safety findings concerning an ongoing study of the asthma medication. The study suggests increased risks of adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events in some patients using Xolair. Genentech, a unit of Roche Holding AG, is the maker of Xolair, which is jointly marketed by Roche and Novartis AG. Continue reading

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Judge Rules Jurors in DePuy Hip Implant Trial Can Hear About Other Cases in Multidistrict Litigation

DePuy-Hip-ImplantOn Monday, a Texas federal judge allowed the plaintiff in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit to tell jurors about the 6,500 other cases pending in multidistrict litigation that allege injuries caused by defects in a metal-on-metal hip implant.

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade said DePuy had opened the door to the mention of the other cases that target the Pinnacle hip implant by calling the plaintiff’s case an outlier and suggesting that the doctors who treated her were also outliers, Law360 reports. The judge said the plaintiff needed to be able to defend against that characterization. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Health Concerns, Metal Hip Implants, Recalled Medical Devices |

E-Cigarettes Carry Big Warning Labels

electronic-cigaretteElectronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes carry warning labels cautioning users about the risks of nicotine. While this seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do from a health perspective, The New York Times notes that these warnings are often more severe than the warnings on their combustible counterparts. Big Tobacco companies may have ulterior motives for placing more severe warning labels on e-cigarettes.

“Nicotine can increase your heart rate and blood pressure and cause dizziness, nausea, and stomach pain. Inhalation of this product may aggravate existing respiratory conditions. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients in the cartridges can be poisonous.” part of the warning of MarkTen e-cigarettes reads. According to the Washington Post, the warnings on traditional combustible cigarettes typically carry a shorter warning mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Continue reading

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VCF Deadline Approaches for 9/11 Rescue Workers

VCF-Deadline-ApproachesDeadlines are approaching quickly for rescue workers and first responders who helped with the 9/11 recovery efforts and now suffer illnesses related to toxic dust exposure. For claimants that were diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 with one of the cancers added to the list of eligible conditions on that date, the deadline to register with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is October 12, 2014. Claimants who register are not required to file a claim for compensation at any time. Registering with the VCF simply preserves the right to file a claim in the future is necessary.

Claimants can file online, or submit a hard copy Eligibility Form. If neither of these is plausible, individuals can also fill out and submit an Interim Registration form; follow-up actions are needed if this form is used. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars for Air Bag Flaw

Ford-Recalls-850000-CarsFord Motor Co. has announced the recall of 850,000 cars because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash.

The recalled models include Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014. The company said the recall will cost $500 million, The Detroit News reports. The recall was prompted by an electrical glitch that could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash. The restraints control module can short-circuit, Ford said. The company said if a short circuit occurs, the air bag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the air bags, pretensioners, and side curtains may not function as intended, according to the News. It may also affect other systems that use data from the module, including stability control. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the faulty module. Dealers will replace the module. Continue reading

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

Male Enhancement Products Described as Dangerous

Male-Enhancement-Products-Described-as-DangerousFederal experts and physicians say that many male enhancement products may be deadly and the marketing used to tout these products is deceptive.

In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 20 public notifications in 2014 over tainted Internet products such as “Weekend Warrior” and “O.M.G.” that are sold with promises of male sexual enhancement. The FDA described the matter as “an emerging trend,” according to NBC News. Continue reading

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FDA: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Risks with with Asthma Drug Xolair

Asthma-Drug-XolairAfter reviewing safety studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found a slightly increased risk of problems involving blood vessels supplying the heart and brain in patients taking Xolair (omalizumab). The FDA has added information about these potential risks to the drug label.

According to the FDA Drug Safety Announcement, the heart and brain blood vessel problems included mini-strokes known as transient ischemic attacks or TIAs; heart attacks; sudden, unexpected chest pain; high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs called pulmonary hypertension; and blood clots in the lungs and veins. Continue reading

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NSAID Use Linked to Increased Risk of Venous Thromboembolism, Study Suggests

NSAID-Use-Linked-to-Increased-Risk-of-Venous-ThromboembolismUsing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can increase the risk of venous thromboembolism, according to a study published in the journal Rheumatology. The results of the study has important implications, considering the fact that NSAIDs are one of the most widely used medications around the world.

Venous thromboembolism is when a blood clot forms in a vein and subsequently breaks off, potentially getting lodged in another crucial blood vessel. Venous thromboembolism includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg, and pulmonary embolism, a potentially life-threatening condition where the blood clot gets stuck in the lungs. Continue reading

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CPSC Bans High-Powered Magnet Toys

High-Powered-Magnet-ToysThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is banning high-powered magnet sets following reports of injuries and one death. According to the commission, the tiny high-powered magnets can be dangerous if ingested because the magnets will be very strongly attracted to each other and go through the gastrointestinal system.

According to the CPSC, these types of magnets caused the death of one toddler and nearly 3,000 children went to the emergency room after swallowing magnets between 2009 and 2013. “High-powered magnet sets are hazardous to young children, who have mouthed and ingested these magnets,” the CPSC stated. “The magnets also pose a serious risk to teens and tweens, who have used them to create mock lip, tongue, and nose piercings.” Continue reading

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