Monthly Archives: February 2008

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit 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. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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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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