Monthly Archives: May 2008

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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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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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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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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FDA Taking Another Look at Chantix

The release of a < "">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

Posted in Chantix, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Another HRT Study Cites Breast Cancer Risk

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

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

Merck Gets Two Vioxx Victories, But Settlement Still on Track

< "">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

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals, Vioxx |

Listeria, E. Coli Prompt Food Recalls

The Food & drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced two food recalls, one for possible < "">E. coli contamination and the other for possible < "">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 < "">recall of the Makit & Bakit Jewelry Sets and Suncatcher sets as the clasps on some of the jewelry contains high … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

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 < "">contaminated pet food … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News |

Two Dead in Latest New York City Crane Collapse

The death toll of yesterday’s < "">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 < "">implantable defibrillators that keep sick hearts beating steadily are telling federal regulators that the problem needs to be addressed. In recent years, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

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