Monthly Archives: January 2006

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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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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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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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Researchers Link Excessive Drinking to Increased Risk of Several Types of Cancer

Although excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to numerous health problems over the years, cancer was usually a disease associated with smoking, chronic infections, exposure to carcinogenic toxins, and potential genetic links. Now, however researchers have documented the existence of … Continue reading

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In Surprising Move, EPA Seeks to Ensure the Elimination of PFOA by 2015

Although it appeared some progress was being made with respect to the possibility that PFOA would eventually be banned in the United States, there was no real indication of when the drive to attain that ban would gain enough momentum … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Philip Morris Faces Targeted by Federal Lawsuit Seeking Cancer Screenings for Heavy Marlboro Smokers

A group of heavy Marlboro smokers have filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, claiming Philip Morris USA should pay for CT scans that may detect the early stages of lung cancer. … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Public Health Advisory Concerning Reports of Serious Liver Toxicity and Death Following Use of the Antibiotic Ketek (Telithromycin)

The FDA has issued a serious public health advisory warning of an article published on Friday in Annals of Internal Medicine reporting that three patients experienced serious liver toxicity after taking Ketek (telithromycin). These cases have also been reported to … Continue reading

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FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning for Eczema Drugs, Elidel and Protopic

In an important notification, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the approval of updated labeling for two topical eczema drugs, Protopic Ointment (tacrolimus) and Elidel Cream (pimecrolimus). The new labeling will add a black box warning about a possible … Continue reading

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CPSC and Syntace USA Announce Recall of 2,300 Bicycle Handlebar Stems to Avoid Risk of Serious Injury

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Syntace USA, of Olney, Illinois, have announced the voluntary recall of about 2,300 F99 (Force 99) Bicycle Handlebar Stems manufactured in Taiwan. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.The recalled bicycle stems can crack … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products |

Florida Hospital Refuses to Tell Woman Why She Ended Up As a Quadruple Amputee after Giving Birth

According to a story featured on WFTV.com, a young mother, Claudia Mejia, gave birth at Orlando Regional South Seminole Hospital last May. Soon after, she was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center “where her arms and legs were amputated.” Other … Continue reading

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Human Immune System May Be Affected By Widely Prescribed Antidepressants – Study

A collaborative study involving scientists from Georgetown University Medical Center and Robarts Research Institute in Canada has found that commonly prescribed SSRI drugs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may not only manipulate the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, but may also … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Faked Cancer Study Admits More Fraud

Already disgraced Norwegian doctor, Jon Sudbo, apparently has more to be ashamed of than simply faking the data for a major cancer. He has now admitted also fabricating data for two scientific articles about cancer of the mouth in leading … Continue reading

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Study Finds Snowmobiles Pose Serious Risks for Children

A study in the January issue Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that snowmobiles pose major risks for children. Snowmobile accidents have caused significant multiple trauma injuries in children and adolescents, and a campaign to address this trend is needed, the study … Continue reading

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