Monthly Archives: August 2008

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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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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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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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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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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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First Class Action Lawsuit Over Maple Leaf Listeria Outbreak

Over 1,100 people have initiated a class action lawsuit against Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods in response to a growing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeriosis outbreak associated with Maple Leaf’s Toronto meat plant.  To date, the meat contamination has resulted in 29 cases of … Continue reading

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