Monthly Archives: December 2008

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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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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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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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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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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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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, 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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Antioxidant Supplements Don’t Cut Cancer Risk

Antioxidant supplements do not offer any advantage in the fight against cancer according to a study conducted at Harvard Medical School and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.   This is just the latest study to question claims … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Biovail Recalls Ultram Painkiller

Some lots of < "">Ultram® ER 100mg tablets are being recalled.  Toronto-based pharmaceutical company Biovail Corporation is voluntarily recalling some lots of the painkillers—generically known as extended-release tramadol hydrochloride—from pharmacies and wholesalers after finding that certain batches were found to … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Metrolink Crash Lawsuits Filed

Following the < "">fatal Metrolink train crash that killed 25 people and injured 138, seven lawsuits have been filed.  Officials said 220 people were aboard the commuter train on September 13, which was heading from Union Station in downtown Los … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Legal News |

Evenflo Recalls Nearly 100K High Chairs

Evenflo is recalling about 95,000 Majesticâ„¢ High Chairs.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall citing fall and choking hazards to children. The Evenflo Company of Miamisburg, Ohio is recalling the nearly 100,000 < "">Majesticâ„¢ High … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

Plavix Label Changes Could be On the Way

< "">Plavix, a popular anti-clotting drug, could soon have new information added to its label detailing genetic factors that might inhibit its effectiveness.  According to The Wall Street Journal, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is considering the changes after … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

$28 Mil of Bernard Madoff’s Assets Transferred to Bankruptcy Trustee, More Lawsuits Loom

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a transfer of $28 million in assets  held by alleged Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff to the trustee overseeing the case.  The funds will be used to pay for the administrative costs related to the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

Tennessee Fly Ash Spill Lawsuit Seeks $165 Mil From TVA

A developer is the first Tennessee landowner to file a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for last week’s devastating < "">fly ash spill.  The lawsuit is seeking $165 million in damages from the TVA. The Tennessee fly ash … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Group Urges Study of Phthalates

A report by the National Research Council is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to look at < "">phthalates and their effects on human health, reports Science Daily.  A National Research Council panel said that there is now … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

China Honey Latest Food Safety Worry

Honey is the latest < "">Chinese food import to raise safety worries in the United States, reports the San Francisco Gate.  According to the report, the United States has imported the majority of its honey from China for years, despite … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News |

ER Workers Often Infected with MRSA

Two new reports released by the Annals of Emergency Medicine have concluded that health care workers in emergency departments—so called ERs or EDs—of hospitals are often found to carry a dangerous infectious bacteria, said Reuters.  < "">MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

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