Daily Archives: June 8, 2005

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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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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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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 APPROVES FIRST HOME ACNE TREATMENT DEVICE

The FDA has approved the first handheld, portable electronic medical device that is clinically proven to make acne blemishes disappear or fade quickly. In an FDA-reviewed, clinical trial, 90% of the blemishes treated with the device known as Zeno disappeared … Continue reading

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PURDUE PHARMA LOSES PATENT ON OXYCONTIN AS A RESULT OF DELIBERATELY MISLEADING THE GOVERNMENT

On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit found, that in order to obtain patent protection for its potent painkiller OxyContin, Purdue Pharma had intentionally deceived officials of the United States Patent Office. The Court … Continue reading

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REPORT FINDS DRUG-RESISTANT STRAIN OF TUBERCULOSIS IS BEING IMPORTED INTO THE U.S. BY IMMIGRANTS

In the past, the groups at greatest risk of developing multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) included HIV patients, prisoners, and the homeless. Today, however, it is more likely that new cases of the resistant form of the potentially deadly disease will … Continue reading

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PREGNANCY AND BIRTH FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL OVARY TISSUE TRANSPLANT OFFERS NEW HOPE TO INFERTILE WOMEN

Stephanie Yerber became infertile after going through premature menopause at age 14. Her identical twin sister, Melanie had no such problems and eventually married and had three children. For 10 years, Stephanie had no periods and her ovaries did not … Continue reading

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LAWSUIT CHARGES GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO PROTECT CHILDREN OF FARMWORKERS FROM EFFECTS OF PESTICIDES

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the United Farm Workers of America, the Pesticide Action Network, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others claims the government has failed to protect the children of farmworkers from the harmful effects of pesticides. Of … Continue reading

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