Monthly Archives: August 2008

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Study Says Popular ICU Glucose Treatment Could be Dangerous

A new analysis by the Dartmouth Medical School questions the benefits of a widely accepted sepsis treatment called < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">tight glucose control.  This treatment is used for patients not only with sepsis, but also with other critical illnesses.  The Dartmouth … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

CPSC Recalls: Car Charger and Coffee Makers Pose Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the two firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of two < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective consumer products:  IMS Car Chargers and Sears Coffee Makers. International Merchandising Service Inc. (IMS), of Fullerton, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Product Recalls |

Auction Rate Securities Probe Focusing on Fidelity, Goldman Sachs Ties

A probe into < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities sold by Fidelity Investments is concentrating on the discount broker’s relationship with investment bank Goldman Sachs, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.  Investigators with the New York attorney general’s office are trying to … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

Schumer Urging EPA to Inspect Island Trees School for Lead

Newsday is reporting that Senator Charles Schumer—Democrat-New York—asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday to “perform a thorough inspection of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">lead contamination at Island Trees High School in Levittown, New York.”  According to Schumer, “Our children’s health must … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Unanswered Questions Put Moms Off Gardasil

The reluctance of some mothers to allow their young daughters to receive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/gardasil_side_effects">Gardasil has more to do with concerns over the vaccine than their attitudes toward premarital sex, a small study has found.  The study, conducted at the University … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Did iPod Cause House Fire?

A faulty < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">iPod is being cited as a possible suspect in a house fire that occurred in Canada over the weekend. Just last week, Apple offered to replace lithium batteries in some of its iPod Nano devices following reports … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News |

NuvaRing Lawsuits Consolidated

Federal lawsuits involving the contraceptive device NuvaRing have been consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.  The consolidation means that all < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nuva_ring">NuvaRing cases now pending in federal court, and those filed in the future,  will be heard in … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Oklahoma Food Poisoning Outbreak Growing, Cause Unconfirmed

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has just confirmed that the number of people hospitalized as part of that state’s growing “severe illness outbreak” has now reached 38; dozens more have reported being sick.  Yesterday we reported that one … Continue reading

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

Byetta Linked to More Deaths

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/byetta_pancreatitis">Byetta has been implicated in six deaths, four more than federal regulators reported last week.  The additional deaths were revealed late yesterday during a conference call conducted by Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co, the co-marketers of … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Canadian Listeria Death Toll Rises to 12; Many More Feared

In Canada, the death toll from < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">listeriosis has risen to 12 and there are also another 26 confirmed cases of food poisoning linked to deli meats produced at a plant owned by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.  Officials are saying … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

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