Monthly Archives: November 2008

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution


The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Chantix Problems in Britain

The controversial smoking cessation drug known as < "">Chantix in the U.S., was introduced by Pfizer as Champix nearly two years ago in Great Britain.  The drug is known generically as varenicline in both countries and, in Great Britain, about … Continue reading

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Drug Clinical Trials Biased

A quarter of all trials submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for < "">new drug applications are still unpublished five years after completion.  What’s more, discrepancies exist between what drug trials are reviewed by the FDA, and … Continue reading

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Following Melamine Revelations, Calls Come for Baby Formula Recall

The revelation earlier this week that some U.S.-made baby formula had tested positive for the industrial chemical < "">melamine has some consumer advocates calling for a product recall, according to a report in the Associated Press.  Meanwhile, the Food and … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Worries Surround Camel Snus Smokeless Tobacco

R.J. Reynolds is getting ready for the national debut of Camel Snus, a new type of smokeless chewing tobacco.  According to a report in The New York Times, R.J. Reynolds is hoping Camel Snus catches on with consumers as a … Continue reading

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Salmonella in ConAgra Pot Pies Sickened 401

A salmonella outbreak linked to < "">ConAgra’s Banquet Pot Pies sickened 401 people last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  According to a new report on the ConAgra salmonella pot pie outbreak, confusing microwave cooking instructions contributed … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products, Salmonella |

CPSC Recalls: JCPenny Baby Pants, Dupont Cleaner

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in collaboration with the firms named below, announced the two following < "">recalls. In the first, JCPenney is recalling about 24,000 of its Arizona® Newborn and Infant Denim Pants due to a choking … Continue reading

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FDA Mulling Side Effects Hotline

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be interviewing over 1,500 consumers, says the Associated Press (AP), in order to determine if television drug advertisements should be required to include a toll-free number consumers can use to report < "">side … Continue reading

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Mars Petcare Recalls More Pet Food

Mars Petcare has issued yet another recall of pet food, extending a prior recall issued on October 27, 2008 that involved dry dog and cat food made at its Allentown, Pennsylvania facility.  The recall was issued because the pet food … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

FDA Recalls Two Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two immediately effective recalls involving < "">potentially dangerous nutritional supplements.  Both recalls have been implemented over undeclared, prescription-level ingredients, which classifies them as unapproved drugs. In the first recall, Balanced Health … Continue reading

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Facing Abuse Lawsuits, All Kinds of Minds Founder Resigns

The doctor who founded All Kinds of Minds, a Durham, North Carolina institute dedicated to teaching children with learning disabilities, has resigned amid < "">allegations of child molestation.  According to the Durham News & Observer, Dr. Mel Levine announced Tuesday … Continue reading

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