Monthly Archives: January 2008

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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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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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