Monthly Archives: March 2006

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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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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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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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Postbank AG Turns to Electronic Signatures to Combat Phishing

“Phishing,” also called “carding” or “spoofing,” is a high-tech scam that uses e-mail spam to trick consumers into giving out personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account information, or Social Security numbers. Phishers typically send deceptive emails that … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Claims Public Being Mislead By Sunscreen Manufacturers Concerning Effectiveness

Most people are now aware that prolonged exposure to the sun is a dangerous proposition. While some sun “worshippers” choose to tempt fate (and skin cancer) by toasting themselves for hours without any type of protection in order to attain … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Legal News |

CPSC and Speedway SuperAmerica LLC Announce Recall of 500,000 “Speedway” Cigarette Lighters that Pose Fire and Burn Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that some 500,000 “Speedway” Cigarette Lighters manufactured in China are being voluntarily recalled by Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, of Enon, Ohio (retailer) because the flame can flare up or the lighter can catch fire … Continue reading

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CPSC Announces Recall of Children’s Jewelry Sold at American Girl Stores for Lead Poisoning Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and American Girl Inc., of Middleton, Wisconsin, a division of Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, California, have announced a voluntary recall of American Girl Children’s Jewelry made in China that contains high levels of lead. … Continue reading

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Study Questions Value of Randomized Drug Trials That Exclude Subjects with ‘Comorbidities’ Since They Do Not Reflect Reality

In structuring randomized controlled trials that target specific chronic medical conditions, researchers will, by necessity, come across a large number of individuals that suffer from comorbid conditions as well. Clearly, when testing people with diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, elevated cholesterol, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

GSK Agrees to Pay $14 Million to Settle Claim by 49 States that It Fraudulently Delayed the Marketing of Generic Paxil

A lawsuit brought by New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on behalf of 49 states has been settled by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK, the world’s second largest drug company, has agreed to pay 14 million to dispose of … Continue reading

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CPSC Announces Recall of 8,000 Radio Control Toy Trucks Sold by QVC Recalled for Fire Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Creative Innovations & Sourcing LLC, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have announced the voluntary recall of about 8,000 Thunder Spin R.C. Road Rage Stunt Machine Toy Trucks because electrical circuits within the truck can overheat … Continue reading

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FDA Announces Nestlé Country Creamery Ice Cream Recall in Texas – Product May Contain Egg Not Identified On Label

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, which manufactures Nestlé Country Creamery, is recalling two flavors of Nestlé Country Creamery Ice Cream purchased sold at Wal-Mart stores in Texas because the ice cream may contain egg not identified on the label. The Nestlé … Continue reading

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FDA and Anthony-Thomas Candy Company Issue Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg Whites in ‘Filled Easter Eggs’

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company, Columbus, Ohio, is recalling its 6 oz. and 12 oz. packages of Filled Easter Eggs because they may contain egg whites, yellow #5, and yellow #6 that are not declared on the label. People who have an … Continue reading

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CPSC Announces Recall of 231,000 Pelican Power Brick Battery Chargers for Fire and Burn Hazards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Electro Source LLC, of Vernon, California, are recalling some 231,000 Pelican Power Brick Battery Chargers because the charger’s circuit board can overheat and cause its plastic cover to melt thereby posing a fire … Continue reading

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