Monthly Archives: January 2008

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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Head Lice Drugs Toxic, FDA Warns

Linade Shampoo and Lindane Lotion, two popular used to treat head lice can be toxic, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned.   Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals, which makes Lindane Shampoo and Lindane Lotion, is the only U.S. maker of an … Continue reading

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NSF Study Finds Link between Gadolinium Used in MRI and Debilitating Disease

Another Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) study has tied the debilitating condition to Gadolinium contrast agents used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  This latest NSF research was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which examined a cluster of NSF … Continue reading

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NuCel Eye Drops, Ear Wash Recalled over Contamination Concerns

NuCel-brand eye drops and eye-ear wash are subject to a voluntary, nationwide recall due to possible contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today. According to the FDA, the NuCel products are not sterile. NuCel Labs of Idaho … Continue reading

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US “Abortion Pill” Supplier Caught up in Chineses Tainted Drug Scandal, Leading to RU-486 Safety Concerns

The Chinese manufacturer of the so-called “abortion pill” is accused of selling tainted cancer drugs in that country.  Shanghai Hualian is the only supplier to the U.S. of the abortion pill, mifepristone—or RU-486.   It is one of China’s largest state-owned … Continue reading

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Zyprexa Illegal Marketing Could Cost Eli Lilly $1 Billion+

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/zyprexa">Zyprexa maker Eli Lilly is in negotiations with state and federal prosecutors that could result in the company paying more than $1 billion to settle charges that it engaged in illegal off-label marketing of Zyprexa. According to The Wall … Continue reading

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Avandia Study Leaked by Glaxo-Paid Reviewer

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avandia">Avandia study that touched off a firestorm over the diabetes drug’s cardiac side effects was leaked to GlaxoSmithKline ahead of its publication in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  According to a report in the Wall Street … Continue reading

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Tonsillectomy Patients Often Burned by Defective Cauterizing Devices

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Defective cauterizing devices used during tonsillectomy often burn areas around the lips and mouth. As it turns out, these cauterizing device burns are an underreported complication of tonsillectomy that can result in long-term problems, according to a study reported … Continue reading

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Similar Drug Names Often Lead to Tragic Consequences

Like sounding drug names could be behind a spike in < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">medication errors.  Shockingly, medication mix-ups have more than doubled in the past few years since 2004 and can have deadly consequences.  The prevailing issue seems to be the result … Continue reading

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Botox to Undergo Canadian Safety Review

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Botox death reports have prompted Canadian regulatory authorities to take another look at the drug.  Health Canada is looking at the safety information on Botox, which is approved in Canada to fight wrinkles as well as for non-cosmetic purposes, … Continue reading

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Florida Vioxx Plaintiffs Look to Expand Settlement

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx plaintiffs in Florida are petitioning a federal court to expand Merck’s proposed $4.85 billion settlement to include those who did not file suit against the company by Nov. 9, 2007.  But many lawyers involved in the Vioxx settlement … Continue reading

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