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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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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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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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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">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

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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

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More People Ill in Growing Michigin Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">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

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/heparin">heparin.  The AP says that mistakes “have … Continue reading

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">cell phones needs to be carried out, especially in children.  During a hearing before the House subcommittee on domestic … Continue reading

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Majority of Nursing Homes Cited For Safety and Health Violations

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">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

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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, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/provigil_sjs">Provigil and Gabitril.  In addition to paying a fine of $425 million, … Continue reading

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">food poisoning in humans.  The research was published in … Continue reading

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">milk scandal originating out of China.  Taiwan also reported three babies with kidney … Continue reading

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/mrsa_infections">MRSA.  Students in Commack and Westhampton Beach have been diagnosed with MRSA, bringing the total of children who have contracted the … Continue reading

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