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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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

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

< "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

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 < "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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

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