Daily Archives: August 15, 2008

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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. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Suit Over Phenytoin Names 10 Defendants in Woman’s Death

According to court papers, Agnes Davis was prescribed phenytoin and then suffered a severe adverse reaction- < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/stevens_johnson_syndrome">Stevens-Johnson Syndrome – that allegedly led to her death.  Phenytoin is a generic version of Dilantin.  The lawsuit, filed by Willie Davis Jr. … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Testing Errors Rampant at Family Medical Clinics

Researchers working on a study of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">testing errors reported by family physician offices in the United States found that problems exist throughout the entire testing process.  Worse, these errors impact minority patients more than nonminority patients.  The report appears … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

It’s Official, Nebraska Beef Has Trouble Controlling E. coli

According to a recently released Associated Press report, federal investigators have just determined that Nebraska Beef Limited’s practices could not effectively control < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli bacteria on June 24.  Because of this Nebraska Beef’s latest recall has been expanded. A … Continue reading

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

Wachovia Reaches Auction Rate Securities Settlement

Wachovia Corp., one of the biggest banks to be caught up in the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities mess, has agreed to buy back billions of dollars worth of illiquid investment vehicles, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today.  Wachovia … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

Amerigroup Settles Medicaid Fraud Charges, Whistleblower Awarded $56.3 Million

Amerigroup will pay $225 million to settle charges of Medicaid fraud, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. A former Amerigroup employee, Cleveland Tyson, who filed the original lawsuit against the company, will receive $56.3 million of the settlement under … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News |

Bush Signs Consumer Product Safety Bill Into Law

Yesterday, President George W. Bush signed a much-anticipated consumer < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">product safety bill—H.R. 4040 as approved by Congress last month—into law.  The legislation reauthorizes the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for fiscal years 2010-2014 as well as expands its authority.  … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News |

BMW Recalls 150,000 Vehicles for Airbag Problem

BMW—the world’s largest premium car maker—is recalling approximately 150,000 of its vehicles in North America, it said this week.  The recall has been put in place to correct a possible < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/airbag_injuries">airbag defect.  Apparently, the defect may prevent the front … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Another HRT Drug Linked to Stroke Risk

Tibolone, a hormone replacement drug sold under the brand name Livial, has been linked to  a higher risk of stroke in older women.  The drug is sold in 90 countries, but was deemed “non-approvable” by the US Food & Drug … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Tanker Lookout Testifies at Mississippi River Oil Spill Hearing

The lookout of the tanker Tintomara gave his version of events leading up to last month’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">Mississippi River oil spill during a hearing in New Orleans yesterday. Gilberto Guevarra’s account backed up that given by the Tintomara’s captain on … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

NexStent Carotid Artery Stents Recalled by Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific said yesterday that it has recalled its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Boston_Scientific_NexStent">NexStent products because of a defective stent delivery system.  The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed the NexStent recall a Class I recall.  Such recalls are for dangerous or … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

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