Daily Archives: August 14, 2008

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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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 ...
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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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Tysabri PML Cases Get Attention of European Drug Agency

European health regulators are taking a hard look at two cases of a potentially lethal brain infection linked to the drug < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/tysabri">Tysabri. About 31,800 people take Tysabri, which is also used to treat Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s disease, a … Continue reading

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Hearing Today in Infants’ Heparin Overdose Case

On July 6, 17 premature babies being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, Texas were overdosed with the blood thinner, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/heparin">Heparin.  The deaths of twin babies—Keith and Kaylynn Garcia—are believed … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Stent Study Questioned by Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a study used by Boston Scientific in its quest to garner U.S. approval for its Taxus Liberte < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/drug_coated_stents">stent used a flawed equation that favored the device.  According to the Journal, had Boston … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Heart Stents No Better than Drugs in the Long Run

An international team of researchers just reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that while using drugs alone may take longer than angioplasty or < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/drug_coated_stents">stent surgery to help restore blood flow in patients with clogged arteries, patients fare … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Antibiotic Side Effects Responsible for 140,000+ ER Visits Every Year

Overuse of antibiotics like < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/cipro">Cipro and amoxicillan result in serious reactions that send  more than 140,000 people to emergency rooms every year.   Those starting statistics provide yet another reason for doctors to limit their use of the drugs. The … Continue reading

Posted in Cipro, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Massachusetts Expands Listeria-Tainted Tuna Salad Recall

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) expanded this week’s tuna salad recall and is now advising consumers not to eat any deli-prepared tuna salad purchased from July 26th to August 10th.  The tuna salad was recalled over concerns of … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

Fatal Texas Bush Crash Yields Lawsuit

A man who lost two family members in last week’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bus_accidents">Texas bus crash is suing the maker of the vehicle, as well as its driver and owner. Plaintiff Lau Pham’s mother-in-law, Cham Nguyen, and sister-in-law, Catherine Tran, were among … Continue reading

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Whole Foods Expands Beef Recall

Whole Foods Market has expanded their recall of fresh ground beef to include additional states.  This announcement follows reports of many illnesses linked to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli-tainted beef purchased at the high-end natural market.  Illnesses have been reported in several … Continue reading

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

Tugboat Caused Mississippi River Oil Spill, Tanker Captain Claims

The captain of a tanker involved in last month’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">Mississippi River oil spill said that the tugboat Mel Oliver was to blame for the collision that caused the disaster.  During a hearing in New Orleans yesterday, Captain Jan Stefan … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

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