Monthly Archives: August 2008

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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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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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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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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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

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

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

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

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