Monthly Archives: August 2008

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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CPSC Recalls Three Children’s Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with the involved firms has issued a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recall on three children’s products. About 118,000 Wooden Infant Toys—Wooden Puzzles, Infant Rattles, Pacifier Holders, and Stroller Toys—were recalled by manufacturer Habermaass Corporation, Inc. … Continue reading

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General Motors Recalls Vehicles for Fire Hazard

Nearly a million cars, trucks and SUVs are being < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recalled by General Motors today because their heated windshield washer system poses a fire hazard.  General Motors says it  is aware of three fires caused by this problem, but no … Continue reading

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CPSC Issues Two Recalls Over Shock Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the two firms named below, has issued a voluntary recall over two < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective products because of fire and shock hazards. About 44,000 Countertop Water Dispensers have been recalled by … Continue reading

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Amgen Ends Controversial Aranesp Marketing Practices

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/aranesp">Aranesp is halting marketing practices that critics said encouraged over-use of the anemia drug.  Criticism of the policies, in which Amgen  paid rebates to doctors for the purchase of Aranesp, had grown along with questions about … Continue reading

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Oklahoma E. coli Source Confirmed: Country Cottage Restaurant

Oklahoma state health officials have located the source of the recent < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_escherichia_coli">E. Coli outbreak in that state that killed one man, sickened dozens, and placed a number of children on dialysis.  The state investigators have confirmed that the suspected … Continue reading

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All Antipsychotic Drugs Pose Stroke Risk

United Kingdom researchers report that more people than was at first believed could be at a higher risk of suffering a stroke due to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">antipsychotic drugs.  Earlier research only pointed to some types of the drug as increasing the … Continue reading

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The CDC Reports That Massive Salmonella Outbreak Is Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that the massive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that sickened about 1,400 people across the country appears to be over.  “The number of reported cases has been dropping since early July,” … Continue reading

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Bayer Plant Explosion Leaves One Dead in West Virginia

An < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/accidents">explosion at a Bayer chemical plant outside of Charleston, West Virginia last night has killed one worker and injured another. The Bayer CropScience plant manufactures pesticides, and officials were urging residents in several communities nearby to stay in … Continue reading

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Chantix Ad Campaign Doesn’t Name Names, Leaves Out Side Effect Info

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/chantix_side_effects">Chantix maker Pfizer Inc. has hit upon an unusual marketing strategy for the smoking cessation drug – running ads that never even name the drug.  According to The Wall Street Journal, such “unbranded product advertising” is becoming increasingly common … Continue reading

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Deadly Simplicity Bassinets Recalled

Around 900,000 deadly < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/simplicity_graco_crib_recall">Simplicity Bassinets, blamed for killing two children, are being removed from stores across the country.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), six retailers – Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Big Lots, Target and J.C. … Continue reading

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