Daily Archives: August 13, 2008

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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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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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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