Monthly Archives: September 2005

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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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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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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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Influenza Pandemic a Brewing Storm

There will definitely be another influenza pandemic and no government can afford to be caught off-guard, according to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-wook. Speaking to ministers of health from throughout the Americas at the Pan American Health … Continue reading

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Congress Calls for Investigation into FDA Chiefís Sudden Resignation

Both sides of Capitol Hill are asking questions about the unexpected departure of FDA Commissioner Dr. Lester Crawford.  Crawford stepped down from the FDA’s top post on September 23rd, just two months after a heated confirmation battle in the Senate.  … Continue reading

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Class-Action by Consumer Groups Alleges Pfizer Engaged in a Misleading Advertising Campaign to Boost Lipitor Sales

In the world of prescription drugs, Lipitor is the king with over $10 billion in annual sales. Some consumer groups, however, believe that the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer Inc., engaged in deceptive advertising of the cholesterol drug in order to boost … Continue reading

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Guidantís Troubles Continue to Grow

Criminal investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have joined the agency’s probe into how Guidant Corporation handled problems with its heart devices, according to Thursday’s New York Times. The FDA has been looking more closely at Guidant’s products, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products |

ADHD Drug, Straterra, May Cause Suicidal Thoughts

Eli Lilly & Company is warning that its ADHD drug, Straterra, may cause suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents.  In a press release dated today, Lilly reported that its Straterra clinical trials database had identified a small but statistically significant … Continue reading

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Vioxx Plaintiff Takes the Stand in New Jersey Trial

Frederick “Mike” Humeston, a 60-year-old Idaho postal worker who suffered a heart attack while taking Vioxx, is suing Merck, contending that the drug maker hid Vioxx’s risks in an effort to preserve sales.  He took the stand Wednesday in the … Continue reading

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Refrigerators and Upright Freezers Recalled Due to Shock Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of approximately 112,000 Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers and Refrigerators manufactured by WC Wood Company between September 2002 and February 2004.  These units were sold at home improvement and appliance stores between … Continue reading

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AstraZeneca Reports TOPROL-XL Medication Errors

Users of the beta blocker TOPROL-XL, taken for the treatment of conditions such as hypertension and angina pectoris, need to insure that they are receiving the correct medicine from their doctors and pharmacists.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along … Continue reading

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Paxil May Cause Birth Defects

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified physicians yesterday that PAXIL and PAXIL CR (paroxetine HCI) may be linked to a higher rate of birth defects than currently found with similar drugs. GSK recently conducted a retrospective … Continue reading

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Panic Disorder Increases the Risk of Heart Disease

According to a study in the current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, people with panic disorder are at double the normal risk for coronary heart disease.  If an individual is also diagnosed with depression, the risk triples. Published in the current … Continue reading

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