Monthly Archives: March 2008

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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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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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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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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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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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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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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

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

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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