Daily Archives: August 22, 2008

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

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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