Daily Archives: August 5, 2008

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

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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