Daily Archives: August 6, 2008

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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

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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

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

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

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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