Daily Archives: August 28, 2008

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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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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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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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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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 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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California Assembly Approves PFOA Ban on Food Wraps

The Associated Press is reporting that the California Assembly has reversed itself and approved a bill  to limit the amount of the chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) that has been linked to cancer in food packaging.  The measure—by Senator Ellen … Continue reading

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Two Studies: Similar Results, No Benefits from Stroke Drugs

Two recently-released, separate studies on medications used in the prevention and treatment of stroke both question the benefit of blood pressure medicine and a popular blood thinner for use in the prevention of stroke recurrence.  In the first study, patients … Continue reading

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Maple Leaf Foods Takes Full Blame for Listeriosis Outbreak

Maple Leaf Foods Chief Executive, president Michael McCain, said in a news conference that his company is fully accountable for a massive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">listeriosis outbreak, which has been linked to deaths of 15 people in Canada.  Maple Leaf is Canada’s … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

Stryker Corp. Sues Over Federal Subpoena

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/strykerhip">Stryker Corp., the maker of hip implant components recalled earlier this year, is claiming that it is being harassed by two government agencies.  In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey on Aug. 15, the device … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Study Reveals Fertility Treatments Induce Gene Mutations in Males

Chinese researchers are reporting that the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another assisted fertility technique called that is called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to conceive appears to increase the odds of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/birth_defects">Y-chromosome defects or “microdeletions” in male … Continue reading

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Oklahoma E. Coli Outbreak is Out of Control

Oklahoma state health officials are finally able to confirm that a type of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_escherichia_coli">E. coli bacteria has been found in 10 of the patients who were sickened by a severe illness in northeastern Oklahoma.  The E. coli outbreak has … Continue reading

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Vytorin Cancer Controversy Far from Over

News earlier this summer that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vytorin">Vytorin had been tied to a higher risk of cancer by a newly published  study quickly faded from the headlines.  Merck and Schering-Plough’s reassurance that the cancer finding in the SEAS study was an … Continue reading

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Byetta Pancreatitis Concerns Could Delay Long-Acting Version

A much-anticipated long-acting form of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/byetta_pancreatitis">Byetta might have problems gaining approval now that the current form of the diabetes drug has been associated with pancreatitis.  Amylin Pharmaceuticals had hoped that once-weekly Byetta would be approved by 2010, but now … Continue reading

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Deaths Prompt Simplicity Bassinet Warning, But No Recall

A popular < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/simplicity_graco_crib_recall">Simplicity bassinet has been implicated in two infant deaths since last September, but has yet to be recalled. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned parents to stop using the Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets … Continue reading

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