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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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 MassDevice.com, 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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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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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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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

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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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