Daily Archives: August 13, 2008

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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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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Hospitals in 23 States No Longer Charging for Medical Mistakes Known as “Never Events”

Hospitals in 23 states say they will no longer bill patients for very serious < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">medical mistakes such as operating on the wrong body part or wrong person, or giving a patient the wrong blood.  The list of such medical … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Ranbaxy Drugs Despite Allegations of Conspiracy and Fraud

Despite the fact that generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories, Ltd. is in the  midst of a scandal and a US investigation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went ahead and approved 18 of its drugs.  Ranbaxy is accused of conspiracy, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Amid Recalls and Illness, the USDA Says Food Safety is in Good Shape

Despite an overwhelming rash of food recalls and reports of sometimes < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">fatal food borne illnesses such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeriosis, and Botulism this year, the head of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)—Ed Schafer—is saying that food safety … Continue reading

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Preventable Surgical Errors Cost US Employers About $1.5 Billion Annually

In a recent analysis conducted by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), American employers pay out $1.47 billion annually for costs related to potentially preventable < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">errors  in surgical patients. AHRQ Drs. William E. Encinosa and Fred … Continue reading

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Another Children’s Product Recalled Over Excessive Lead Levels

Another < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective children’s product that was manufactured in China has been recalled because of excessive lead level.  In cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Chelsea & Scott Limited of Lake Bluff, Illinois are recalling about 600 Sun … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Product Recalls |

Report Says Auction Rate Securities Concerns Raised in 2005

A prominent accounting firm raised questions about < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities in 2005, years before the market went bust.  According to a report on thestreet.com, in May of that year, PricewaterhouseCoopers  issued an opinion that said  auction rate securities should … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

Lawsuit Alleges Medical Device Makers Paid Illegal Kickbacks to Doctors

A Pennsylvania medical supply company is suing six joint implant manufacturers over alleged illegal kickbacks to doctors.  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on Monday, alleges that the defendants blocked Intermedics-McCullough out of the market despite selling  … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Legal Loophole Cited in Texas Bus Accident Probe

Last week’s fatal Texas < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bus_accidents">bus crash has prompted federal authorities to temporarily cease all approvals for new bus companies. That’s because a loophole in federal regulations allowed banned bus companies to re-open under new names. Friday’s crash claimed the … Continue reading

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Postponed Mississippi River Oil Spill Hearing Scheduled to Begin Again Today

Yesterday’s hearing into the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">Mississippi River oil spill was postponed shortly after it began. The Coast Guard stopped the proceeding after lawyers for DRD Towing, the owner of a tugboat involved in the incident, asked for more time to … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

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