Monthly Archives: November 2008

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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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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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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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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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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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Chantix Problems in Britain

The controversial smoking cessation drug known as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/chantix_side_effects">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/banquet_pot_pies_salmonella">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">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

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FDA Recalls Two Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two immediately effective recalls involving < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">allegations of child molestation.  According to the Durham News & Observer, Dr. Mel Levine announced Tuesday … Continue reading

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