Monthly Archives: April 2006

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Former FDA Commissioner Under Investigation

The tenure of Dr. Lester M. Crawford as FDA Commissioner was a short one, with his resignation in September coming less than three months after his confirmation. Dr. Crawford’s stay at the FDA as deputy commissioner, acting commissioner, and then … Continue reading

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First Treatment for Pompe Disease Approved by FDA

The FDA has announced the approval of “a biologics license application (BLA) for Myozyme (alglucosidase alfa, rhGAA), the first treatment for patients with Pompe disease, a rare but severely debilitating disease. Pompe disease, which affects one in 40,000-300,000 individuals, drastically … Continue reading

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Unstable TVs Pose Serious Risk to Children

A review of records for the past 10 years indicates that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced eight recalls for various types of TV tables or TV stands that had the potential of allowing an unstable television to … Continue reading

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Return of Direct-To-Consumer Celebrex Ads Demonstrates the Pivotal Role this Controversial Sales Tool Plays In Drug Marketing

By Steven DiJoseph The saga of the class of drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors has provided an ongoing glimpse into a number of aspects of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. These so-called “super aspirins,” were seen by critics as over-priced … Continue reading

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Timeline Keeps Getting Worse for Bausch & Lomb with Respect to Knowledge of Eye Infections

By Steven DiJoseph No sooner had the ink dried on a Wall Street Journal report that Bausch & Lomb had learned of eye infections linked to its ReNu With Moisture-Loc from Hong Kong health officials in November 2005, than the … Continue reading

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Deutsche Bank Building Continues to Generate Controversy at ‘Ground Zero’

The now infamous black skyscraper was once an integral part of the Wall Street financial district standing in the shadow of the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC). Then came September 11, 2001 and, from that day on, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

CPSC Announces Recall of 55,000 Children’s Necklaces that Pose Lead Poisoning Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Selected Trading Corp. of Miami, Florida, have announced the voluntary recall of about 55,000 Children’s Necklaces manufactured in China that pose a danger of lead poisoning to children. Consumers should stop using recalled products … Continue reading

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First of Over 4,000 Prempro Cases Set to Go to Trial in July

At about the same time pharmaceutical giant Merck will be entering its second year of trials in the massive Vioxx litigation consisting of some 12,000 cases, Wyeth, another major drugmaker, will be starting the first trial involving its menopausal treatment, … Continue reading

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Report Indicates Number of Americans without Health Insurance Has Increased Dramatically

A report by the Commonwealth Fund, a private, health care policy foundation has found that there has been a significant rise in the percentage of moderate- to middle-income working age Americans who did not have health insurance for some part … Continue reading

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CPSC Announces Recall of 48,000 Hoist Exercise Benches for Finger Laceration and Amputation Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc. have announced the voluntary recall of about 48,000 Hoist Exercise Benches manufactured in China. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately. Hoist Fitness Systems Inc., also does business as Body … Continue reading

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