Daily Archives: August 7, 2008

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

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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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Baxter Under Fire Again, This Time for False Advertising

U.S. regulators are criticizing Baxter International Inc.’s promotion for the bleeding treatment FEIBA VH.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the promotion misleads doctors about the drug’s safety and effectiveness. A “clinical thank you email” submitted for review … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Improper Nursing Home Evictions Put Elderly at Risk

In an attempt to save money, nursing homes all over the country are evicting their most vulnerable residents.  According to The Wall Street Journal, formal complaints about nursing-home discharge practices have doubled over the past decade, making it the second … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Confirmed Canadian E. coli Cases Up

Yesterday we reported on yet another E. coli outbreak emerging in Canada.  Now, the number of confirmed cases of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli infection among people who ate at the University of Guelph late last month has reached seven, with six … Continue reading

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

Mexico Questions FDA Salmonella Findings

Mexico is denying blame for a massive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 1300 people in the U.S.  The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has blamed that outbreak on jalapeno and Serrano peppers from a farm in the … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

Sandwich Recall Adds Listeria to the Growing Food Borne Contaminations Under Investigation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) just announced that individually packaged ready-to-eat chicken and turkey sandwiches, manufactured by DBC, Inc.—which also does business as World Class Canapés—and sold in the state of Massachusetts are … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

Mississippi River Oil Spill Barge Emptied, Ready for Removal

The barge responsible for the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">Mississippi River oil spill has finally been drained of most of its remaining oil, and salvage crews have now been cleared to remove the wreckage.  In all, 165,000 gallons of oil have been recovered … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

E. coli Source in Boy Scout Outbreak Traced to S&S Foods, Recall Issued

It seems that health authorities may have located the source of the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli outbreak that sickened 18 at the Goshen Boy Scout camp located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection … Continue reading

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Infant Cold Medicines Implicated in Deaths

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Over-the-counter cold medicines have been linked to the deaths of 10 infants in Arizona, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.   The study gives new credence to a recent Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warning that … Continue reading

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