Monthly Archives: July 2007

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Kansas Oil Spill at Coffeyville Resources Refinery Blamed on Open Valve

Employees at the Coffeyville Resources Refinery in Kansas failed to close a valve on one of the plant’s storage tanks during emergency shutdown procedures, an oversight that allowed more than 71,000 gallons of crude oil into the town of Coffeyville, … Continue reading

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Barton Solvents Plant Explosion Evacuees Begin to Receive Reimbursement

Barton Solvents, the owner of the Valley Center, Kansas solvent plant that exploded on July 18, has begun issuing reimbursement checks to residents who evacuated the town following the blast. So, far the company has issued nearly 1500 checks, and … Continue reading

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Con Edison Steam Pipe Explosion Burn Victim’s Mother Wants Answers from the NYC Utility

The mother of a man seriously burned by the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/new_york_city_steam_pipe_explosion">Con Edison steam pipe explosion in New York City says that she holds the utility responsible for his injuries. Gregory McCullough, 21, was in his tow truck when it was … Continue reading

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Ginger Laced with Pesticides Recalled: China’s Latest Potentially Deadly Export

Fresh ginger laced with pesticides is the latest Chinese import to face a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall. The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">tainted ginger was discovered by California inspectors over the weekend, and on Monday, the state issued a warning against … Continue reading

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Avandia the Defective Drug and it’s Maker GlaxoSmithKline Under Heat Lamp

Patients using Avandia do face a greater risk of heart attack, and the diabetes drug should bear the strictest Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warning possible, said an FDA Advisory Panel investigating the medication’s safety. But the panel stopped short … Continue reading

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FEMA Knew Katrina Trailers Were Toxic, But Ignored Danger on Advice of Lawyers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) failed to test the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/toxic_fema_trailers">toxic trailers of Hurricane Katrina refugees on the advice of their lawyers. Toxic formaldehyde is reported to have been seeping into these trailers. As many as 120,000 families displaced … Continue reading

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Botulism-Tainted Castleberry’s Chili Linked to Illnesses in California, Hawaii

Chili recalled by Castleberry’s Food may be to blame for several reported cases of botulism poisoning in two states. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that a San Diego woman has been diagnosed with botulism, while two people … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Settles Duragesic Patch Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to settle wrongful death claims involving its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/duragesic_patch">Duragesic pain-killing patch for more than $2.5 million, according to Bloomberg.com. The settlement, paid to the family of a Florida man who overdosed on the opiod painkiller … Continue reading

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Avandia’s Fate to be Decided by Today by FDA Advisory Panel

Avandia, the widely-used diabetes drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Plc. that has been linked to increased risk of heart attacks in diabetes patients, could be removed from the market by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after a meeting held … Continue reading

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The Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch: A Disturbing History

Since 2005, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Composix_Kugel_Mesh_X_Large_Patch">Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches have been recalled three separate times by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to a malfunction with the memory recoil ring that often caused patients to suffer serious injury. Before the Kugel … Continue reading

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