Daily Archives: August 22, 2008

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Third Texas Bus Accident This Month

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that Transportes Los Norteños remains in compliance with national transportation statutes, federal regulators are reviewing the carrier after a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bus_accidents">harrowing accident in Dallas late Wednesday, the second involving the company … Continue reading

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Officials Report Massive Salmonella Outbreak Waning

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the massive, nationwide < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella outbreak that was linked mainly to fresh hot serrano and jalepeno peppers imported from Mexico is ending.  This report was made amid reports that … Continue reading

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Three CPSC Recalls: Wire Splices, Bicycle Forks, and Ventilators

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in collaboration with the firms named below, has issued < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">three separate recalls. About 53,000 Electrical Wire Splices—known as Butt Splice Connectors—manufactured by Molex of Lisle, Illinois were recalled because the splice can fail … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News |

FDA Reform Planned

Federal lawmakers are looking to reform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">drugs and 80 percent of the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">food Americans eat.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the other 20 percent of food—generally meat.  … Continue reading

Posted in Botulism, Defective Medical Devices, E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria, Pharmaceuticals, Salmonella, Shigella |

FDA to Finally Plan for a National Joint Orthopedic Device Registry

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the early stages of developing a program to create a national surveillance registry for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">orthopedic device implants.  The registry would enable the FDA to look into independent public and private registries … Continue reading

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Canadian Listeriosis Cases Rising; More Feared

An investigation has revealed that the Canadian who fell ill from < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes was infected with the same strain that killed one person and left several others across Canada ill.  “We cannot confirm that the infection was the result … Continue reading

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To Fight Food Borne Illness, FDA Allows Irradiation of Spinach and Iceberg Lettuce

In the ongoing fight against the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">food borne illnesses that have been plaguing our country, effective today, spinach and iceberg lettuce can irradiated to kill certain such bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. The FDA issued the food-irradiation rule … Continue reading

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

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