Monthly Archives: September 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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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.

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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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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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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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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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Chantix Side Effects Blamed for Musician Carter Albrecht’s Violent Death

There is quit a bit of speculation that the side effects of the ant-smoking drug Chantix might have been responsible for ending Carter Albrecht’s life. Carter Albrecht, a prominent Dallas musician died a violent death earlier this month. In the … Continue reading

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Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents Used in MRIs Get New FDA Black Box Warning

Today, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a “Dear Healthcare Professional” letter to inform practitioners of recent changes to the prescribing information for gadolinium based contrast agents used during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The letter informs healthcare professionals that … Continue reading

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Latest Toy Recall Involves Nearly 600,000 Lead-Tainted Toys

American consumers have not seen the end of lead-tainted toy recalls. This week, the Consumer Products Safety (CPSC) commission issued 7 separate recall notices for toys made with toxic lead paint and children’s jewelry that contain unlawful levels of lead. … Continue reading

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Topps Frozen Beef E. Coli Outbreak Spreads to 8 States, Sickens 21

E. coli contaminated Topps Meat Company frozen beef has already sickened 21 people around the country, leading federal officials to launch an investigation of the company’s plant and suppliers. Earlier this week, Topps recalled more than 300,000 pounds of frozen … Continue reading

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Avandia Study Says Drug Increases Chance of Heart Failure

Yet another study has found that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avandia">Avandia and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/actos">Actos, popular diabetes drugs, raise a patient’s risk for heart failure. These new findings are just the latest to cast doubts on the safety of these medications, which have been … Continue reading

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Poor FDA Oversight of Clinical Trials Puts Patients in Danger

Lax oversight of clinical trials for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">drugs and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">medical devices by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is endangering the lives of millions of people who participate in such studies. A new report says that the FDA has … Continue reading

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FDA Promises Tougher Stance on Unapproved Drugs

More than forty years after a legal loophole allowed thousands of unapproved drugs to stay on the market, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is finally taking steps to crack down. But with even the FDA conceding that it cannot … Continue reading

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Kolcraft Play Yard Kills Infant, Prompting Massive Recall

A Kolcraft Play Yard has been blamed for the death of a 10-month-old boy, prompting the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to order a recall of 425,000 other defective play yards. The CPSC says that a restraint strap on the … Continue reading

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E. Coli Sickens Six Indiana School Children

Health officials in Indiana are frantically trying to pinpoint the source of E. coli contamination that has left at least six students at one elementary school sick. Four of the victims are known to have been infected with the deadly … Continue reading

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Fentora Side Effects Can Be Fatal, Warns FDA

Fentora, a powerful narcotic pain killer was the subject of a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Public Health Advisory today. The advisory was issued because the FDA has received reports of deaths and other serious side effects related to Fentora. … Continue reading

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