Daily Archives: August 6, 2008

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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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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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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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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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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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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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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

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

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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