Monthly Archives: January 2007

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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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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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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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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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FDA Announces New Drug Safety Measures

In a statement issued this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a renewed commitment to its drug safety system. Based on recommendations from a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the agency outlined a series of … Continue reading

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BBC: Glaxo Hid Safety Concerns Related to Seroxat (Paxil)

According to journalists at the BBC, GlaxoSmithKline intentionally distorted and covered up damaging information about their antidepressant Seroxat and its link to an increased risk of suicide in children. Researchers for the BBC documentary series Panorama obtained three critical documents … Continue reading

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Wyeth Loses Prempro Suit

Pharmaceutical giant Wyeth was ordered by a Pennsylvania state jury to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages to an Arkansas woman and her husband who held the company’s hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug Prempro responsible for the woman’s breast cancer. … Continue reading

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Judge Rejects State Farm Settlement

In another apparent legal blow to State Farm Fire & Causalty Co., U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter rejected a Mississippi class-action settlement related to Hurricane Katrina damage, claiming that the proposed settlement favored the needs of the insurance company over … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News |

Amgen’s Anemia Drug Aranesp Carries Risk in Cancer Patients

In a letter sent last week to medical professionals and posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug maker Amgen warned of an elevated risk of fatalities associated with the use of their anemia drug, Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa), … Continue reading

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Genentech Issues Warning About Eye Drug Lucentis

In a letter sent to 1,500 eye doctors, Genentech is warning that its macular degeneration drug, Lucentis, may increase the risk of stroke if administered in high doses. Approved a mere six months ago by the FDA, Lucentis has already … Continue reading

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Trasylol Clinical Trials Halted

Bayer HealthCare announced it is discontinuing three clinical trials for their drug, Trasylol, citing recent FDA-approved label changes. Bayer was hoping to expand the approved usage of the drug, which currently is only approved for use in the course of … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News |

Study: Long-Term Cell Phone Use May Be Linked to Brain Tumors

For the past decade or more, many people have feared that excessive cell-phone usage may lead to an increased risk of developing brain tumors. Yet, that hypothesis has never been proven. A new European study, to be published in next … Continue reading

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Executive Order Gives White House More Regulatory Power

Few people may have noticed, but the White House recently handed down a decree that may have significant effects on several areas of federal regulation in the United States. Last week, President George W. Bush issued new amendments to Executive … Continue reading

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FDA Backs Off New Birth-Control Guidelines

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee held a two-day meeting to discuss, among other items, the possibility of implementing new standards of effectiveness for hormonal contraceptives. However, while the panel encouraged drug manufacturers … Continue reading

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