Monthly Archives: March 2006

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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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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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

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

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

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

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

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

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