Monthly Archives: January 2007

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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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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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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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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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

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

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

Posted in Defective Products |

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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