Monthly Archives: July 2008

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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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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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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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

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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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