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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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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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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 Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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Citigroup Threatened with Auction Rate Securities Lawsuit

Citigroup’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities business will likely be the next target of New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has already sued investment bank UBS for its handling of auction rate securities, and last week threatened to take … Continue reading

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Department of Justice Probing Bile-Duct Stent Marketing

Johnson & Johnson disclosed, in a regulatory filing yesterday, that its Cordis subsidiary received a subpoena regarding marketing practices concerning < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/cordis_precise_rx_stent">stent devices that are implanted to open bile ducts—biliary stents—carrying digestive fluids to the intestines.  The subpoena was received … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Autostart Remote Starters Recalled in United States and Canada

Autostart has recalled several of its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">remote starter products in the U.S. and Canada.  According to the company, it has received consumer reports that under certain conditions, the affected units could unintentionally start the vehicle’s engine without the driver’s … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

Chips and Fries Carcinogen to be Reduced Over Three Years

Did you know that some of your favorite potato chips and French fry snacks contain < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">cancer-causing chemicals?  In a settlement announced late last week by the California state attorney general’s office, four food firms have agreed to lower levels … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Boy Scout Official Confirms Ground Beef Positive for E. coli

Alan Lambert, Scout Executive for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has reported that beef at the Goshen Boy Scouts camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia has tested positive for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Legal News |

Protonix Investigation Yields Subpoenas

A grand jury in Massachusetts investigating Wyeth’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/protonix">Protonix medication has issued the drug maker several subpoenas. The grand jury is probing Wyeth’s marketing and pricing of the heartburn drug. The Massachusetts Protonix inquiry has been going on since 2005.  … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

New York Dairy Stops Sales After Listeria Found in Another Raw Milk Farm

In yet another case where < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in raw milk, Autumn Valley Farm in Worcester, New York, has voluntarily suspended raw milk sales directly to consumers until follow-up sampling indicates the raw milk is free of pathogens.  … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Legal News |

Nebraska Beef Multi-State E. coli Outbreak Continues

News releases all over the country are reporting that six more people have fallen ill with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli, this time in Massachusetts.  All six were infected with deadly E. coli strain 0157:H7, the most virulent of the strains.  Meanwhile, … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, E. Coli, Legal News |

Crews Ready to Move Part of Mississippi River Oil Spill Barge

Crews have emptied the barge responsible for last month’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">Mississippi River oil spill of its remaining oil, and could remove a large chunk of the vessel from the river at some point today. The sunken barge was involved in … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

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