Monthly Archives: February 2008

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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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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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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Yuma Charity Event Linked to Arizona Salmonella Outbreak

An Arizona < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">salmonella outbreak may have started at a Yuma County charity event.  The Yuma County Public Health Department expects final results next week of state tests concerning recent salmonella cases.   “We’re still waiting on numbers, test results from … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

FDA to Review Safety Notification Procedures

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking at how it tells the public about safety concerns with foods, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">prescription drugs, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">medical devices, and other products it regulates, the agency’s commissioner said on Thursday.  “How we communicate … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Hip Implant and Joint Replacement Patients Hurt by Company Kickbacks to Docs

Kickbacks from the makers of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/strykerhip">hip implants and other joint replacements to orthopedic surgeons are so prevalent that it has become nearly impossible to eliminate the illegitimate practice, an assistant inspector general with the Health and Human Services Department … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Nursery Product Injuries Sending More Children to the ER

Shockingly, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">nursery products were involved in over 66,000 injuries to children that involved emergency room visits in 2006, up11% from 2005, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The agency said in a report yesterday that the number … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News |

Ford Owners Warned Again on Defective Cruise Control Switch

Faulty < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Ford_Cruise_Control_Switch">Ford cruise control switches are the subject of yet another consumer safety warning.  Thursday, the government warned owners of about 4.6 million recalled Ford vehicles to bring their cars and trucks in immediately to dealerships to disconnect the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

Crib Recall Involves 24000 Munire Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the Munire Furniture, Inc. of Piscataway, NJ, announced a voluntary recall of its Majestic Curved Top and Flat Top Cribs, Essex Cribs, Brighton/Sussex Cribs, and Captiva Cribs.  The recall involves … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

Baxter Recalls All Heparin, as Reports of Reactions, Deaths Increase

Baxter < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/heparin">Heparin, implicated in hundreds of life-threatening reaction in the US, is now subject to a full-scale recall.   The massive Baxter Heparin recall was announced yesterday, the same day the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said it completed an … Continue reading

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Lipitor Lowers Cognitive Ability in Women, Doctor Says

The Lipitor patient information insert does not list cognitive issues among its side effects; however, anecdotal reports linking < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">statins—like Lipitor—to mental problems go back years and some doctors are voicing concerns that in some patients, statins like Lipitor may … Continue reading

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Lack of FDA Inspectors Hurting Consumers

A top < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">drug safety official told lawmakers on Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs more inspectors and a comprehensive computer database to better track products entering the US from the burgeoning group of drug manufacturers, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Baxter Heparin Reactions Now Exceed 400, and Investigation Continues

Tainted Baxter < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/heparin">Heparin has now sickened more than 400 people in the US, and investigators are trying to determine if the raw material for the Baxter Heparin became contaminated in a supply chain that originates from Chinese slaughterhouses.  The … Continue reading

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