Daily Archives: August 15, 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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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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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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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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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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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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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