Monthly Archives: May 2008

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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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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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 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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FDA Taking Another Look at Chantix

The release of a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/chantix_side_effects">Chantix study last week that linked the drug to numerous side effects has prompted the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate another safety review of the drug.  The review will mark the second such … Continue reading

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Another HRT Study Cites Breast Cancer Risk

A recent study out of Germany found hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs – inlcuding < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/prempro">Prempro and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/premarin">Premarin – taken for more than five years, increases one’s breast cancer risk, confirming earlier findings out of the United States. Over … Continue reading

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Viril-lty-Power ED Supplement Made with Viagra Ingredient Recalled by FDA

International Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. of Bradford, Massachusetts just announced that it is voluntarily recalling all of its supplement product sold under the brand name of Viril-Ity-Power (VIP) Tabs, 560mg/serving, after being informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

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Merck Gets Two Vioxx Victories, But Settlement Still on Track

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx maker Merck & Co. won two court victories this week, in Texas and New Jersey, as appeals courts reversed rulings in Vioxx lawsuits.  However, the Merck victories won’t affect the $4.85 billion settlement the company struck with thousands … Continue reading

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Listeria, E. Coli Prompt Food Recalls

The Food & drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced two food recalls, one for possible < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_escherichia_coli">E. coli contamination and the other for possible < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria contamination. Orval Kent Foods is voluntarily recalling about 23,000 pounds of Amish Macaroni Salad in response to … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

Kids Jewelry, Suncatcher Sets Recalled for Lead

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (UPSC), in cooperation with QuinCrafts of Dexter, Michigan, today announced a voluntary < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recall of the Makit & Bakit Jewelry Sets and Suncatcher sets as the clasps on some of the jewelry contains high … Continue reading

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Manufacturers Will Pay $24 Million to Settle Tainted Pet Food Lawsuits

According to court papers just filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey on Thursday, several companies have agreed to pay a combined $24 million to pet owners to resolve a variety of lawsuits over < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">contaminated pet food … Continue reading

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Two Dead in Latest New York City Crane Collapse

The death toll of yesterday’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/accidents">New York City crane collapse now stands at two, and at least one other person has been seriously injured. All three were construction workers at the site. According to MSNBC, the first fatality involved … Continue reading

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Study Links Accutane to Depression

The active ingredient in the acne drug Accutane— known generically as isotretinoin—more than doubles the risk of depression, according to a recent study.  The study is the first controlled investigation to find a statistically significant link between Accutane and depression, … Continue reading

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Pacemakers Vulnerable to Hackers, Researchers Say

Pacemakers can be hacked – relatively easily.  Now a research team that was able to hack the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/medtronic_defibrillators">implantable defibrillators that keep sick hearts beating steadily are telling federal regulators that the problem needs to be addressed. In recent years, … Continue reading

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