Monthly Archives: February 2008

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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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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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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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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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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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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

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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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