Monthly Archives: April 2006

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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

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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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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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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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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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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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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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

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

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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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