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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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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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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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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Retailers in Suffolk County, New York, Have 90 Days to Display Warning Signs About Liquid Nicotine

A new law gives stores in Suffolk County, New York, 90 days to post warnings about the dangers of the liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed the law on Monday. The new signs, which must be placed “in a conspicuous place at the register,” warn that liquid nicotine can be fatal and addictive. The move was spurred, in part, by the death of an 18-month-old child last year, and increased calls to poison control centers, according to Newsday. Continue reading

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Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide

A potential health risk has prompted Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. to voluntarily recall over 73,000 cases of products containing organic spinach nationwide. According to a recall alert issued on March 25th, one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

In healthy individuals, this organism may only trigger short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Young children, frail, or elderly people, however, are at risk for serious and sometimes fatal infections. In pregnant women, listeria infections may result in miscarriages and still births. Continue reading

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15 Cases to be Selected as Eligible for Second Trial in Mirena MDL

A recent court order indicates that 15 cases will be selected as eligible for potential inclusion in the Second Disposition Pool of the Mirena IUD multidistrict litigation (MDL). According to the order, the plaintiffs’ and the defendants’ parties will select five cases each and another five will be selected at random from a full list of filed lawsuits. Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that the contraceptive device caused serious injuries and that Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to warn about the risks. In particular, a number of lawsuits allege that the device migrated from its original position and perforated through the uterine wall. In some cases, the IUD has allegedly embedded itself in other parts of the body.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national personal injury law firm, represents a number of women in the Mirena IUD litigation. The firm has also had an active leadership role; Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at the firm, has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the MDL. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News, Mirena IUD, Pharmaceuticals |

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

A former part-time JCPenney employee has filed a lawsuit claiming retaliation after he reported the retailer was overcharging customers.

The fired employee has filed a claim against the company under Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act, Fortune reports. Former CEO Ron Johnson could be required to give a deposition. Continue reading

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Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device Following Increased Reports of Loosening

Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device

Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device

Medical device maker Zimmer, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of nearly 12,000 Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial knee replacement devices in response to increased complaints of loosening of the device.

The recall covers the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate/Persona TM Tibia-Prosthesis, Knee, Patello/Femorotibial, Semi-Constrained, Uncemented, Porous, Coated, Polymer/Metal/Polymer, all lots land sizes, left and right. Research has shown that radiolucent lines (seen on x-rays), which show the gap between the cement and the device component, can be associated with early failure of the device. Some recipients have needed revision surgery to replace the defective component. Continue reading

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Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that there are over 100,000 medical devices on the market. Unfortunately, not all of them are safe. In fact, agency data indicates that between 13 and 75 devices are recalled in the United States every day. Motley Fool reports that a regulatory loophole, which allows devices to be sold and implanted into patients without clinical testing, may be a major contributing factor to these statistics.

Manufacturers can submit certain devices for 510(k) approval; this process can allow a device to be sold on the market without clinical testing for safety or efficacy so long as the FDA finds that the product is “substantially equivalent” to an older product. Only Class I and Class II devices are eligible for 510(k) clearance. Class III “high-risk” devices must go through the more stringent premarket approval. Continue reading

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Potential Cases to be Selected for Second Mirena IUD Trial

Potential Cases to be Selected for Second Mirena IUD Trial

Potential Cases to be Selected for Second Mirena IUD Trial


A recent court order has directed the parties to select seven cases that may be included in the second Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) trial.

According to a court order filed on March 17, 2015, each side must select seven cases for potential inclusion in the Second Disposition Pool. The case is In Re: Mirena Litigation, Case No. 297 in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Bergen County. Raymond C. Silverman, partner at Parker Waichman LLP, has been appointed co-lead counsel in the litigation. Continue reading

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Antipsychotic Medications Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death in Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic Meds Linked to Death in Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic Meds Linked to Death in Dementia Patients


Antipsychotic medications are sometimes used to treat aggressive or violent behavior in patients with dementia, but new research suggests that health care professionals should consider the risks closely before prescribing them. According to study published in JAMA Psychiatry, antipsychotic medications can increase the risk of early death in patients with dementia, including those with Alzheimer’s Disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already warns that antipsychotic drugs can have serious side effects in patients with dementia. The findings from this study support the practice of not using these drugs in dementia patients.

Using medical records from over 91,000 veterans over the age of 65, researchers from the University of Michigan’s Medical School and VA Center for Clinical Management Research compared mortality death rates between patients taking antipsychotic drugs for dementia to those who did not. The study found a 3.8 percent increased risk of death in patients taking haloperidol compared to those who did not take any antipsychotic medications. There was a 2.5 percent increased risk of death in patients taking olanzapine. Continue reading

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Kraft Foods Recalls Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Due to Possible Metal Pieces

Kraft Foods Recalls Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

Kraft Foods Recalls Macaroni & Cheese Dinner


Kraft Foods Group has voluntarily recalled approximately 242,000 cases of Original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner because some boxes may contain small pieces of metal.

The recall is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor with “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box. The “C2” refers to the production line on which the affected product was made. Continue reading

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Stryker Hip Settlement Enrollment Deadline Extended

Stryker Hip Settlement Enrollment Deadline Extended

Stryker Hip Settlement Enrollment Deadline Extended

The deadline for hip implant recipients to enroll in the Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate Hip System settlement has been extended to March 30, 2015. Patients who received a recalled ABG II Modular Hip System or Rejuvenate Modular Hip System still have time to register with the settlement.

In June 2012, Stryker voluntarily recalled the ABG II and Rejuvenate Modular Hip Systems because of a high early failure rate and increased risks of metallosis. In November 2014, Stryker announced it had set aside $1.45 billion to compensate patients who received one of its recalled hip devices. Patients who had one hip implant removed prior to November 3, 2014 are eligible for $300,000; patients who had both hips implanted and removed will receive $600,000. Patients with more serious injuries or who required multiple surgeries could receive more than the base amount. The settlement also includes implant patients not able to have the hip(s) removed because a doctor deemed them unable to undergo surgery. Continue reading

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