Daily Archives: August 6, 2008

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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

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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

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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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