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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

Dozens-Receive-Nonsterile-Simulated-Saline-Solution

The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Monsanto’s Roundup the Focus of Deep Controversy

California Closer to Mandating Roundup Warnings

In March 2015, leading cancer experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a Lyon, France-based branch of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” IARC reached its decision based on the research of 17 top cancer experts from 11 countries. The experts met to assess the carcinogenicity of five pesticides. The IARC review of glyphosate led to the European Parliament calling for a complete ban on non-commercial public use of glyphosate, as well as serious restrictions on its agricultural use. Monsanto rejected IARC’s classification and mounted a campaign to discredit IARC scientists, according to The Huffington Post.

Soon after the WHO classification, California began, in 2015, to mandate warning labels. Attorneys for California state consider IARC’s findings as the so-called “gold standard” for carcinogen identification and relies on its findings for identifying carcinogens along with several states, the federal government, and other countries, according to court documents. Continue reading

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Bair Hugger Deep Joint Infection Litigation Moves Forward

Bair Hugger MDL Grows, Plaintiffs Sue over Warming Device

Lawsuits continue to be filed over the Bair Hugger, a surgical blanket used to keep patients warm during surgery. Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that the device, which uses a forced-air design to maintain a patient’s body temperature, leads to deep joint infections. 3M and Arizant are accused of knowing about the risks but failing to warn patients or the medical community.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by defective or dangerous medical devices. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket lawsuit. Continue reading

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Merck’s Implanon Tied to Device Migration

Implanon Migration Leads to Unwanted Pregnancy, Surgery

The Implanon (etonogestrel implant) birth control, is a small, thin implantable plastic rod that slowly releases etonogestrel. The device is meant to last three years and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance one decade ago. Implanon birth control may last longer than three years; however, the three-year time frame is what is recommended to remove the nearly-spent Implanon for replacement, or to switch to an alternative birth control device.

Twelve years prior, a research paper described the difficulty in extracting the six capsules that made up the prior Norplant implantable birth control system. The Implanon implantable birth control followed the Norplant. In the 23 years, concern has risen over similar implantable devices and the challenges in removing the device and device migration. Continue reading

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Study: Even Without Symptoms, Driving Post-Concussion is Risky

Driving Skills Impaired Even When Concussion Symptoms are Gone

Driving after a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury frequently caused by a blow to the head, is dangerous. Concussions can affect how a person thinks and acts, increasing the risk of an accident on the road. A recent study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma suggests that driving after a concussion presents risks, even when patients no longer experience symptoms of a concussion.

Parker Waichman LLP has decades of experience representing automobile accident victims. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a car accident lawsuit. Continue reading

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Filing a Lawsuit for a Slip and Fall Accident on an Icy Sidewalk

Pursuing Litigation for a Slip and Fall Injury on Snow, Ice

It comes as no surprise that many slip and fall accidents occur during the winter. Snow, ice, sleet and frozen rain can create hazardous conditions on both the roads and sidewalks. It helps to be careful and take precautions during these weather conditions, but sometimes a slip and fall injury occurs nonetheless. If you were injured after a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, you may be wondering whether you can file a personal injury lawsuit.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in accident cases, including slip and fall lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Continue reading

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Risperdal Litigation is Second Largest Mass Tort in Philadelphia

Mass Tort Contains Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits

Lawsuits alleging the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused gynecomastia continue to mount against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit. In fact, Risperdal litigation accounts for most of the mass tort growth in Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center. Risperdal lawsuits are often filed on behalf of males who took the medication as young boys and developed gynecomastia, or the abnormal growth of female-like breasts. Risperdal plaintiffs allege that Janssen was aware of these risks but failed to adequately disclose information about gynecomastia to patients or their physicians.

Parker Waichman LLP is a national law firm that represents many clients in drug injury lawsuits. The firm, which keeps-up-to-date with Risperdal gynecomastia litigation, continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals who are interested in filing a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit. Continue reading

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J&J Faces 4th Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial in St. Louis

J&J Talcum Powder Allegedly Caused Ovarian Cancer

Johnson & Johnson is facing another talcum powder ovarian cancer trial in St. Louis, where a number of lawsuits allege that the product contributed to ovarian cancer. The case is the fourth talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit to go to trial in state court, and the fifth to go to trial overall. The plaintiff, like others suing over talcum powder products such as Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, alleges that J&J failed to warn about the risks. Last year, the company was hit with three multimillion dollar verdicts involving talc cases.

The product liability attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits over allegedly defective or dangerous products. The firm, which regularly provides talcum powder lawsuit updates, continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit. Continue reading

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Wintertime Slip and Fall Accidents: Ski Lifts, Snow, and Ice

Ski-Related Slip and Fall Accidents

With winter season in full swing, slip and fall accidents related to skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports are more prevalent. Naturally, there is some risk that accompanies going down the slope. Additionally, although rare, accidents can also occur on the ski lift. Being cautious around snow and ice can help prevent a slip and fall accident.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in accident cases, including slip and fall lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Continue reading

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Spike in Traffic Deaths Highlights Gaps in Safety Laws

After years of steady decline, traffic deaths spiked in 2015: 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes –the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. Preliminary data for the first nine months of 2016 show an eight percent increase in fatalities compared to the same time period in 2015.

The 2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed steep increases in fatalities for nearly every crash category. Continue reading

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Lawsuits Allege Abilify Caused Impulse-Control Problems

Abilify Lawsuits Allege Gambling Addiction, Compulsive Behaviors

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals are facing lawsuits alleging that the antipsychotic medication Abilify caused impulse-control problems, including pathological gambling. Litigation continues to mount as cases are consolidated into a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Florida before U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers. Plaintiffs allege that drug makers knew about the risks but failed to warn patients or the medical community.

Parker Waichman LLP is a national personal injury law firm with decades of experience representing clients in drug injury claims. The firm continues to offer free, no-obligation legal consultations. Continue reading

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