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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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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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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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