Monthly Archives: January 2009

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy


The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Hearing Scheduled on Peanut Salmonella, Criminal Probe Urged

The investigation into the massive < "">peanut butter salmonella case continues and now a federal probe of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has been called for by government officials, reported USA Today. The probe will look into possible criminal … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

PCA Not Required to Report Salmonella Contamination at Plant

Most states do not require food producers to alert health regulators when testing reveals food borne contaminants at production plants, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.  The news is adding another element to the ongoing and massive peanut butter < … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News |

Botox Not for Pregnant Women, Australian Medical Group Warns

Doctors  in Australia are warning pregnant women to avoid < "">Botox and other  wrinkle treatments made with botulinum toxin.  The warning comes after health authorities there reported that an expectant mother treated with a Botox rival called Dysport gave birth … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Chicago Listeria Outbreak

A < "">listeria outbreak has been reported in Chicago and has stricken three pregnant women.  Medill Reports said three women who were infected with the dangerous pathogen suffered serious pregnancy complications. Dr. Rick Holley of the Department of Food Science … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

Children’s Toys Recalled for Lead

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced < "">two recalls of children’s products due to risk of lead exposure. About 8,400 Spencer Skull-And-Crossbones Necklaces have been recalled by importer Spencer Gifts, LLC of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Product Recalls |

FDA Knew of “Putrid” PCA Peanuts Weeks Before Salmonella Outbreak

The behavior of < "">Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and federal regulators in relation to this year’s massive salmonella outbreak continues to raise serious questions.   We’ve already reported that the company knowingly shipped products from its Blakely, Georgia facility that … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

Nursing Home Abuse Arrests in Rochester NY

Two nursing homes in the Rochester, NY area are embroiled in an < "">abuse scandal.  Yesterday, one certified nurse aide at the Kirkhaven Nursing Home in Rochester, and another who worked at the Edna Tina Wilson Living Center in Greece, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Chinese Drywall Fumes Linked to Corrosion in Florida Homes

It has been confirmed that fumes from defective Chinese drywall are causing air conditioning coils and other metals to corrode in some Florida homes.  While sulfur emissions from the drywall are behind the corrosion problems, a study conducted by Environ … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Zyprexa Lawsuits Continue

Following < "">Zyprexa maker Eli Lilly & Company’s $2.6 billion in payouts to settle claims of illegal sales practices, Lilly still faces lawsuits that will likely cost it an additional $2 billion, reported Bloomberg. The prior $2.6 billion covered state … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

BPA Builds Up, Stays in the Body

The toxic estrogen-mimicking chemical < "">bisphenol A—BPA—seems to stay in the body longer than previously believed, according to a new study, said WebMD.  What’s frightening is that the plastics chemical is incredibly ubiquitous and can be found virtually everywhere.  As … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

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