Monthly Archives: July 2008

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Artificial Turf “Cleared” Despite Overwhelming Evidence to the Contrary

Following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation last month that some artificial turf athletic fields be tested for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/14863">lead, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is saying children are “not at risk” from lead in turf … Continue reading

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Federal Agents Seize Over $24 Million in Unapproved Drugs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Marshals Service representatives just seized $24.2 million worth of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">unapproved drugs from KV Pharmaceutical Company of St. Louis, Missouri.  The seizure followed a civil forteiture suit filing by United States Attorney … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Forces New Labeling for Procrit, Aranesp and Epogen

Federal regulators have decided that the anemia drugs< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/aranesp"> Aranesp, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/epogen">Epogen and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/procrit">Procrit need to have additional safety-related changes to their labels.  The changes mandated by  the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)  would restrict the use of the … Continue reading

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California to Ban Carcinogenic Food Packaging Chemical DuPont Claims is Safe

The toxic chemical Perfluorooctanoic Acid—more commonly known as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">PFOA—has been found to be present in 98 percent of Americans’ blood and 100 percent of newborns’ blood.  Meanwhile, the chemical industry says there’s no reason to worry about PFOA in … Continue reading

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Salmonella Outbreak Now Linked to Water and Serrano Peppers in Mexico

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that began in April, sickened over 1,200, and hospitalized over 240 is now being linked to irrigation water and serrano peppers at the Nuevo Leon farm in Mexico.  The outbreak has affected people in 43 … Continue reading

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Avelox, Similar Antibiotics Face European Restrictions Due to Liver Damage

Moxifloxicin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic sold as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avelox_liver_damage">Avelox by Bayer, is being subjected to new warnings and restrictions by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) because of its association with adverse liver reactions. Moxifloxacin is used to treat respiratory infections, including … Continue reading

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Allstate Loses Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit Appeal, $16 Million Verdict Still Stands

An appeals court has upheld a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bad_faith_insurance">bad faith insurance lawsuit verdict against the Allstate Insurance Co., leaving in place a $16 million verdict against the company.  Like the Missouri jury that originally found against Allstate, a three-judge appeals panel … Continue reading

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More Oil Leaks from Mississippi River Oil Spill Barge

Traffic on the Mississippi River near New Orleans came to a halt again yesterday, as more oil leaked from the sunken barge responsible for last week’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">oil spill.  For about six hours, the Mississippi was closed to traffic, and … Continue reading

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New E. coli Outbreak Emerging in Nebraska

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting today that nine people in southeast Nebraska have tested positive for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli infection.  Health officials believe a community event may the link for some of the illnesses. Vicki Duey, executive director of … Continue reading

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Family Sues Raw Milk Distributor Over Claims of E. Coli Contamination

A Missouri family has filed a lawsuit against a raw milk distributor over claims of an < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli infection.  Brian and Angela Pedersen allege they bought raw milk from Soni Copeland and The Herb Depot and Organic Market in … Continue reading

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