Monthly Archives: October 2005

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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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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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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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FDA and Biogen Idec Issue Drug Safety Alert Concerning Fatal Reactions to Cancer Drug, Zevalin

Biogen Idec, the world’s fourth largest biopharmaceutical company, has notified healthcare professionals of a significant revision to BOXED WARNINGS, WARNINGS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS sections of the Prescribing Information for the cancer drug Zevalin. http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2005/safety05.htm#Zevalin The alert and warning revision (http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2005/ZevalinPI.pdf) … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Potential Problems with Accuracy of Blood Glucose Meters from Abbott Diabetes Care

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying health care providers and patients that blood glucose meters made by Abbott Diabetes Care can be accidentally switched from one unit of measurement to another thereby resulting in an inaccurate blood glucose … Continue reading

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Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks $600 Million in Connection with Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in Toronto Nursing Home that Has Already Killed 21

In the aftermath of one of the deadliest outbreaks of legionnaires’ disease ever, a 58-year-old Toronto resident, who contracted the illness, has commenced a $600 million class-action lawsuit according to a report by CTV News.That report states in part: “Gerald … Continue reading

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Study Shows Improvement Needed to Reduce Chemotherapy Errors

A study conducted by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and published in the online journal Cancer, evaluated chemotherapy errors that occur during outpatient care. The researchers report that while the mistakes they found … Continue reading

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Avian Flu Rapid Response Team Formed by the FDA

In response to the possible threat of an avian flu pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the formation of a Rapid Response Team to ensure that an adequate supply of anti-influenza drugs, such as Tamiflu, are available … Continue reading

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Heath Care Cost Discrepancies in the U.S. Tied to Physician Behavior

As new data emerges that health care spending has little relationship to health outcomes, a new study finds a correlation between the behavior of doctors and the total heath care dollars spent.According to researchers at the VA Outcomes Group in … Continue reading

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Heart Attack Death Rates Higher in Hospitals that Treat Larger Share of African Americans

A new study finds that there is a direct correlation between the racial composition of a hospital’s patients and their health outcomes.  Led by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School, the study found that death rates for all patients were significantly … Continue reading

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Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Issues Advisory on Child Strangulation Risk Posed by Older Window Coverings

The CPSC, the Window Covering Safety Council, and independent retailers have joined forces for Window Covering Safety Month to advise consumers on the importance of repairing or replacing window coverings purchased prior to 2001.  Young children can strangle themselves when … Continue reading

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Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Issues Advisory on Child Strangulation Risk Posed by Older Window Coverings

The CPSC, the Window Covering Safety Council, and independent retailers have joined forces for Window Covering Safety Month to advise consumers on the importance of repairing or replacing window coverings purchased prior to 2001.  Young children can strangle themselves when … Continue reading

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Indiana Nursing Home Investigated in Series of Abuse Incidents

State officials in Indiana (U.S.) have banned the Hanover Nursing Center from admitting any new residents as the result of an investigation into a series of incidents involving the abuse of several elderly inhabitants.  One such incident involved a 79-year-old … Continue reading

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