Monthly Archives: July 2008

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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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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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