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

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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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 ...
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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Mounting Concern Over Surgical Procedure That May Spread Cancer

power-morcellation-procedureAccording to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the power morcellator, a surgical tool used in about 50,000 hysterectomies a year, may spread cancer.

In a power morcellation procedure, a device cuts uterine tissue into pieces that can be removed through small incisions made during minimally invasive surgery, The New York Times reports.  Morcellation is also used to remove fibroid tumors. But recent reports indicate that when a morcellator slices into cancerous tumors the doctor didn’t know existed, the cancer cells can be spread through the woman’s abdomen.  And the JAMA study found that undetected tumors are more common than many experts had thought. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Study: Exposed Lead Wires in St. Jude Medical’s Riata Linked to Electrical Failures

St.-Jude-Medicals-Riata-Linked-to-Electrical-FailuresSt. Jude Medical’s Riata and Riata ST defibrillator leads were recalled in the past due to “lead externalizations”, a defect where the wires protrude through the insulation. Now, a Danish study has linked this issue to a higher risk of electrical failures that worsens with time. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

$26 Billion Dollar Award in Tobacco Lawsuit

R-J-Reynolds-Tobacco-LawsuitLate last Friday, a Florida jury awarded $23 billion in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the death of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer at age 36.

The suit was brought by Cynthia Robinson, widow of Michael Johnson Sr., who died  in 1996.  He had smoked for more than 20 years, beginning around age 13. The lawsuit argued that Reynolds had deliberately concealed the health hazards of Kool cigarettes, Johnson’s brand, The New York Times reports. The jury first awarded $17 million in compensatory damages and then the staggering $23.6 billion in punitive damages. Continue reading

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California Stops Fracking Waste Water Injection, Citing Danger to Aquifers

California-Stops-Fracking-Waste-Water-InjectionCalifornia officials have shut-down 11 oil and gas waste water injection sites in the Central Valley and ordered a review of more than 100 others, fearing that energy companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers.

The Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources issued cease and desist orders on July 7 to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting waste into drinking water sources. The waste water disposal “poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources,” the investigative journalism organization ProPublica reports. Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Legal News |

FDA Warns that Powdered Caffeine is Dangerous Following Death of Teenager

FDA-caffeine-powderPowdered caffeine sold in bulk over the internet is dangerous and should be avoided, warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency’s warning follows the death of an Ohio teenager who died after using the product, NBC News reports.

Logan Stiner, 18, of La Grange, Ohio consumed powdered caffeine and died on May 27th, according to NBC News.

The FDA warns that powdered caffeine may be particularly appealing to teenagers and young adults. The agency emphasizes that “These products are essentially 100 percent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee.” Even one teaspoon can be deadly.   Continue reading

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Contaminated Tattoo Ink, Tattoo Needles, Tattoo Kits Recalled

Contaminated-Tattoo-Ink-Tattoo-Needles-RecalledCalifornia-based White & Blue Lion, Incorporated has issued a nationwide recall on all of its tattoo inks, needles, and ink and needle kits over potential bacterial contamination.

Infections may lead to sepsis, which is a potentially deadly infection complication, according to Fox31Denver KDVR, citing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The inks and needles were sold in kits, as well as separately, by 8Decades and White & Blue Lion, Inc. Sales were nationwide and through direct and online sales. One illness has been tied to use of the recalled inks and needles, to date. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Action Accuses Walgreens of Overcharging for Medical Records

Walgreens-Overcharging-for-Medical-RecordsWalgreens Company has been accused of overcharging consumers more than what is legally allowed for making copies of their medical records.

Based in Deerfield, Illinois, Walgreens is the largest drug retailer in the United States, operating 9,000 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam, as of the first-quarter of 2014. Now, at least one civil action has been brought accusing the retailer of charging consumers too much for copying medical records and of Walgreens being in violation of state laws. Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

Veterans with Cancer Wait Longer at the VA

Veterans-with-Cancer-Wait-Longer-at-the-VAThe criticism surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to grow, with reports that veterans who have cancer are waiting much too long for treatment. CNN recounts the story of Sgt. Terry Mitchell, who survived the Vietnam War and exposure to Agent Orange. His wife, Vicki Mitchell, believes that he died because of delays in care at the VA. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Removing Healthy Breast Does Little to Improve Survival Rate, Study Finds

breast-removal-to-avoid-breast-cancerIn recent years, increasing numbers of women with breast cancer in one breast have been choosing to have the other breast removed as a precaution – prophylactic or preventive mastectomy. But a new study finds a survival benefit of less than 1 percent over 20 years for women who’ve had a preventive mastectomy.

Dr. Todd Tuttle, one of the researchers, said, “We found fairly convincing evidence that there really is no meaningful long-term survival benefit for the vast majority of women with breast cancer by having their opposite breast removed,” the news service HealthDay reports. Tuttle is chief of surgical oncology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. “Most patients have very minimal increases in life expectancy, one to seven months,” Tuttle said. And that difference was spread over two or more decades, especially in the younger women. Continue reading

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Policies for Informed Consent

New-Policies-for-Informed-ConsentThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new guidelines on obtaining informed consent in clinical trials that will eventually replace the consent guide in use since 1998.

According to the new Informed Consent Information Sheet, the process of obtaining consent goes beyond merely obtaining written consent from the subject to participate in a medical study, according to Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS). Continue reading

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