Monthly Archives: December 2005

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Over 600 Adverse Events, Including Multiple Deaths, Reported to FDA Involving Abortion Pill RU-486 (Mifeprex)

Over a period of four years, there have been 607 serious adverse events associated with the so-called “abortion pill” RU-486 reported to the FDA. These include five deaths, 68 cases of severe bleeding that required transfusions, and 66 cases of … Continue reading

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Michelin Recalls Thousands of Tires with Potentially Dangerous Defects

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada have been notified by Michelin North American that the international tire giant is recalling approximately 6,500 Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Sport 255/35ZR20 97Y Extra Load tires in the United States and … Continue reading

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Studies and Lawsuits Point Accusing Fingers at the Parkinson’s Drug, MIRAPEX, that Has Been Linked to Compulsive Gambling

It is admittedly an odd connection but there seems to be no real doubt that MIRAPEX, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD), is also responsible for turning some of the patients who used it into gambling addicts.In July, … Continue reading

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Studies and Lawsuits Point Accusing Fingers at the Parkinson’s Drug, MIRAPEX, that Has Been Linked to Compulsive Gambling

It is admittedly an odd connection but there seems to be no real doubt that MIRAPEX, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD), is also responsible for turning some of the patients who used it into gambling addicts.In July, … Continue reading

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Arsenic-Treated Lumber Poses Long-Term Toxic Threat with Particularly Serious Consequences for Children

The University of Florida has issued a press release setting forth some of the details of a study by researchers from the University of Miami, the University of Florida, and Florida International University that “examined the potential consequences of arsenic … Continue reading

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Heart Attack Patients Often Given Overdoses in ER

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that overdoses of potent blood-thinning drugs given in hospital emergency rooms often put heart attack patients at risk for life-threatening episodes of internal bleeding.The research conducted by lead … Continue reading

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Acetaminophen Poisoning Now the Leading Cause of Acute Liver Failure in the U.S.

Most people are familiar with the fact that acetaminophen is a popular over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever. What is generally not known by consumers, however, is just how widely used acetaminophen is or how dangerous it can be when misused.Although acetaminophen … Continue reading

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Since Many Drugs Lose Effectiveness after Expiration Date, Even Those That Do Not Should Be Discarded

A study done for the U.S. Army found that many drugs remain effective and usable even up to five years after their expiration date. Thus, some pharmaceutical experts do not believe all drugs should be automatically discarded immediately after they … Continue reading

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Nine Wrongful Death Claims Brought Against Liver Transplant Program at University of California, Irvine Medical Center

In November, the University of California at Irvine Medical Center (UCI) suspended its liver transplant program after the government revoked its certification.  Those actions came in the wake of a report by the Los Angeles Times concerning some 32 patients … Continue reading

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CPSC, Recreational Equipment Inc. Announce Recall of 2,800 Children's Bicycles

The Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced the following product safety recall being conducted by Recreational Equipment Inc., of Kent, Washington. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.Some 2,800 Novara Dirt Rider 20-inch 5-Speed and 6-Speed Bicycles … Continue reading

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