Monthly Archives: January 2007

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Wyeth CEO: Company Knew Prempro Risks in 1991

The third trial against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and its menopause drug Prempro is underway in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the company tries to defend itself against charges of negligence and intentionally misleading consumers about the drug’s connection to breast cancer. On … Continue reading

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FDA Set to Reevaluate Contraceptive Pills

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee is meeting to discuss the efficacy and safety of hormonal contraceptive products. According to an FDA briefing document about the general meeting, government scientists are concerned that … Continue reading

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State Farm Agrees to Major Settlement of Mississippi Katrina Cases

After several weeks of negotiation, State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. has reached an agreement to settle all of its Mississippi lawsuits stemming from Hurricane Katrina. The settlement must now be approved by Judge L.T. Senter, the federal judge who … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News |

Antidepressants Linked to Fragile Bones in Seniors

A new Canadian study has found a correlation between the use of antidepressants and lower bone strength in elderly patients. The findings pertain to the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which includes such popular drugs … Continue reading

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State Farm Reaches New Settlement in Katrina Case

Perhaps shaken by a ruling against them earlier this month, State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. announced that they’ve agreed to a settlement in another Katrina-related case in Mississippi. Although the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, legal analysts … Continue reading

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Exposure to Chlorinated Water May Heighten Risk of Cancer

A new study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology has established a link between exposure to chlorinated water and an increased risk of bladder cancer. According to researchers, ingestion of and bathing, showering, and swimming … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Tobacco Companies Increasing Nicotine Content of Cigarettes

According to a newly released Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, tobacco companies in the United States have added more nicotine to their cigarettes during the last decade. According to HSPH, “A reanalysis of nicotine yield from major brand-name … Continue reading

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Endo Pharmaceuticals Gets Subpoena from HHS About Lidoderm Patch

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is investigating the sales and promotional practices of Endo Pharmaceuticals with regard to their Lidoderm product. HHS is requesting documents dating back to 1999 that might shed light on the issue. … Continue reading

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Graco Recalls 100,000 Highchairs

After receiving 18 reports of highchairs collapsing, Graco announced a voluntary recall of approximately 100,000 highchairs sold between December 2005 and December 2006. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), “The highchair can collapse if it is not … Continue reading

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Coleman Sued Over Hazardous Heaters

Two lawsuits filed last month in federal court in Washington State seek to hold Coleman responsible for a series of carbon-monoxide-related deaths. At issue are Coleman’s PowerMate 5045 propane heaters, which plaintiffs claim have a defect that “produces deadly levels … Continue reading

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