Monthly Archives: September 2008

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research


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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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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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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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China Detains 22 in Melamine Tainted Milk Probe

Police in China have detained 22 people suspected of involvement in introducing the chemical < "">melamine into the supply chain, state media announced today. Melamine is used to make plastics, fertilizer, and fire retardants and is known to cause kidney … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

More Foods to Receive Country-of-Origin Labeling, But New Law Has Loopholes

According to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, effective this week, more foods will be labeled with the country of origin.  Before now, consumers typically did not know where their food originated.  The new so-called COOL law will begin to … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News |

More People Ill in Growing Michigin Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

The < "">E. coli outbreak  linked to a Michigan lettuce distributor has now sickened 30 people in the mid- and southeast regions of that state, according to Michigan health officials.  Four new cases have been reported since late last week … Continue reading

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

Regulator Issues Safety Alert Stronger Heparin Rules

According to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, the Joint Commission issued a safety alert to hospitals this week to adopt strict measures to prevent errors that involve blood thinners, such as < "">heparin.  The AP says that mistakes “have … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Cell Phones and Cancer: More Research Needed

Medical professions attending a congressional hearing this week have said that a large-scale study of the long-term health effects of < "">cell phones needs to be carried out, especially in children.  During a hearing before the House subcommittee on domestic … Continue reading

Posted in Cell Phones & Cancer, Cellular Phone, Legal News |

Majority of Nursing Homes Cited For Safety and Health Violations

< "">Nursing home abuse and neglect continues to be a serious problem in the U.S.  According to a new report conducted by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, a whopping 94 percent of all for-profit … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Cephalon to Pay $425 Million to Settle Illegal Marketing Charges Involving Actiq, Provigil and Gabitril

Cephalon Inc. has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors over charges that the drug maker illegally marketed its narcotic painkiller Actiq, as well as two other drugs, < "">Provigil and Gabitril.  In addition to paying a fine of $425 million, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Study: Livestock Main Source of Food Poisoning

According to a study conducted by a group of researchers from the United Kingdom and United States, animals that are farmed for meat and poultry are the principle source of < "">food poisoning in humans.  The research was published in … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

The China Tainted Food Scandal Continues to Expand

According to a recent Associated Press report, “cookies from a major Japanese confectioner and Chinese-made baby cereal and crackers” are now included in the ongoing tainted < "">milk scandal originating out of China.  Taiwan also reported three babies with kidney … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Legal News |

More Reported MRSA Cases in Long Island Schools

In New York, school officials are reporting that students in towns across Long Island are being diagnosed with < "">MRSA.  Students in Commack and Westhampton Beach have been diagnosed with MRSA, bringing the total of children who have contracted the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

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