Daily Archives: August 21, 2008

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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FDA Taking a Look at Vytorin – Cancer Link

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vytorin">Vytorin  is being investigated by federal regulators for a possible link to cancer.  The investigation stems from the publication last month of the SEAS study, which found that patients taking Vytorin had a higher rate of cancer than those … Continue reading

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Vioxx Payouts to Begin This Month

Partial settlement payments will soon be in the mail to those people who claim that taking < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx caused them to suffer heart attacks, the Associated Press is reporting. Vioxx is the pain reliever that was linked to heart failure … Continue reading

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After 22-Hour Wait, Man Dies Unattended in North Carolina Hospital

The Associated Press is reporting on another sad case of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">medical malpractice.  This time, a 50-year-old mental patient, Steven Sabock, died after workers at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina left him in a chair for 22 hours without … Continue reading

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New Canadian Listeriosis Outbreak Sickens 16, Kills 1

The Associated Press is reporting that a recent outbreak of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeriosis in Canada has killed one person and sickened at least 16 others.  The Public Health Agency of Canada said it was working with officials in four provinces to … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Pressing for Answers on Vytorin Study

Two lawmakers want to know why the press release detailing a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vytorin">Vytorin study issued by drug makers Merck and Schering-Plough differed from information released by the study’s authors.  Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce … Continue reading

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Arsenic in Water May Be Tied to Diabetes

According to an Associated Press (AP) report, recent analysis of government data has linked low-level < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, with Type 2 diabetes.  Although the study’s limitations warrant additional research public water systems were moving toward meeting … Continue reading

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Mexican Peppers Still Being Sold Despite Salmonella Risks

Despite < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella risks, fresh serrano and jalepeno peppers from Mexico are still being sold in the United States.  Although federal officials say these fresh Mexican peppers pose a Salmonella risk, the pepper are selling for much less than for … Continue reading

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Hemodialysis After MRI with Gadolinium Could Prevent NSF in Some Kidney Patients

A new  study indicates that some kidney patients who undergo hemodialysis  following exposure to gadolinium contrast dyes during an MRI may be at less risk of developing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nsf">nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF). The study, conducted by researchers at Weill Medical … Continue reading

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Safety Notice says Liko Universal SlingBar Poses Fall Risk

A safety notice for the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Liko Universal SlingBar was issued by Liko AB this past June. According to the notice, various models of the Liko Universal SlingBar could become detached from the mobile lift, putting patients at risk of … Continue reading

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Gardasil, Cervarix Effectiveness and Cost Questioned

Two articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) are raising more concerns about the cervical cancer vaccines, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/gardasil_side_effects">Gardasil and Cervarix. The first, an editorial, questions the widespread use of Gardasil and Ceravix, despite a lack of evidence … Continue reading

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