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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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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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CPSC Recalls: Cribs, Pedals, Halogen Lights, Nailers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reporting a number of recalls, including two for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective cribs.  Both cribs were recalled by the CPSC for fall hazards and failure to meet the federal safety crib standard. Approximately 500 Baby … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

Viral Infection at Stony Brook University Medical Center Prompts Hundreds of Warning Letters

Over 400 patients recently treated at the Stony Brook University Medical Center have received a letter of caution from the hospital’s director of quality control.  It seems two health care providers who work at the Long Island facility were sickened … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

FDA Introduces New Conflict of Interest Rules

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has finally taken steps to address potential conflicts of interests among members of its advisory panels.   What remains to be seen is whether the FDA’s new policies will effectively put an end to possible … Continue reading

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Canadian Campus Struck by E. coli

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_escherichia_coli">E. coli bacteria seems to be sweeping North America in recent months with outbreaks popping up in a variety of states in the US as well as in Canada.  Now, at least 20 people may have fallen ill … Continue reading

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

Citigroup Negotiating Auction Rate Securities Buy Back

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Citigroup is in negotiations with the New York State Attorney General’s Office and others to buy back illiquid < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities.  Last week, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo had threatened Citigroup … Continue reading

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Nine Firms To Pay Over $350,000 In Children’s Clothing Drawstring Cases

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced that nine firms have agreed to pay a combined $355,000 in civil penalties, settling allegations that the firms knowingly failed to report to the CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, … Continue reading

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CEO Leaves Actavis Group

Just days after its U.S. division recalled all of its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Actavis_Recall">generic drugs, Icelandic drug maker Actavis Group announced that its CEO is stepping down. However, in announcing the departure of Róbert Wessman, the company made no mention of Actavis … Continue reading

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Largest Hospital Disinfectant Maker Must Comply with EPA Standards, Or Else

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) feels that “Consumers should never have to second-guess information on product labels” and in a legal settlement between it and the country’s largest hospital disinfectant maker, the EPA won. In March 2007, Lonza, Inc. was … Continue reading

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More than 44,000 Vials of Procrit Recalled

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/procrit">Procrit is being recalled by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ortho Biotech.  According to the company’s recall notice, the action is necessary because cracks in the necks of a small number of Procrit vials were discovered upon post-manufacturing inspection. The … Continue reading

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