Monthly Archives: March 2008

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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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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Cancers Can Be Spread Through Organ Transplants

When 15-year-old Alex Koehne died a year ago at Stony Brook University Medical Center, his parents donated his organs; and although Alex was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, his organs were deemed healthy for transplantation.  A month later, the Koehne’s were … Continue reading

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Salmonella Outbreak in Minnesota Prompts USDA Warning on Frozen Chicken Entrees

Two cases of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella poisoning in Minnesota have been linked to Milford Valley Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu raw frozen chicken entrees. While no recall was issued, consumers are being warned to cook the raw, frozen chicken dinners thoroughly, and … Continue reading

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Ibuprofen Not a Good Choice for Those On Aspirin Therapy

According to a study in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology this past January, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">ibuprofen may lessen the benefit of daily aspirin therapy.  Other pain relievers are preferable for those who need aspirin therapy; however, complete clinical relevance of this … Continue reading

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As Alamosa Tries to Flush Salmonella from Water System, Some Residents Allowed to Shower

Last week, there was not much the residents of Alamosa, Colorado could do in the way of water other than flushing their toilets since the municipal water system was off-limits for every other use.  Schools and restaurants were closed and … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

FDA Orders Drug Safety Plans

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just named 25 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">drugs and biologic products, including some well-known and popular medications, whose makers will be required to submit safety plans later this year.  The product list as published in the … Continue reading

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Advance Bionics Faces Fine Over Defective Cochlear Implant Hearing Aids

Advanced Bionics, LLC, a maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Cochlear_Implants">cochlear implant hearing aids, could face a stiff fine from the Food & Drug Administration  (FDA) for manufacturing violations that may have resulted in dangerously defective hearing aids.  The FDA has alleged that … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Heparin Syringes Recalled by Covidien Ltd.

Covidien Ltd., is the latest company to recall a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/heparin">heparin product over concerns that the drug may contain a contaminant that could be responsible for causing hundreds of adverse reactions in patients in the US.    Covidien said on Friday … Continue reading

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Vytorin Should be Considered “Last Resort”

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vytorin">Vytorin should only be used as a last resort because there is no evidence that the cholesterol-lowering medication provides any more benefits than cheaper statins alone.  That was the conclusion reached by a panel of four prominent cardiologists after … Continue reading

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Salmonella Cantaloupe Prompts Simply Fresh Fruit Recall

Simply Fresh Fruit of Los Angeles, California has announced a nationwide recall of select fresh cut fruit products that contain cantaloupe that may be have been contaminated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">salmonella.  The week, Simply Fresh was requested by its supplier, Tropifresh, … Continue reading

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Children’s Cough and Cold Medicines Restricted in Britain

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Cough and cold medicines for children under the age of two are being pulled from Great Britain shelves immediately.  At least 100 products will be put under the counter while parents are warned about the danger of giving toddlers … Continue reading

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