Monthly Archives: January 2009

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Hearing Scheduled on Peanut Salmonella, Criminal Probe Urged

The investigation into the massive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Peanut_Corp_of_America_Salmonella_Outbreak">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

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Botox Not for Pregnant Women, Australian Medical Group Warns

Doctors  in Australia are warning pregnant women to avoid < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/15758">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">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

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Children’s Toys Recalled for Lead

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Peanut_Corp_of_America_Salmonella_Outbreak">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

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Nursing Home Abuse Arrests in Rochester NY

Two nursing homes in the Rochester, NY area are embroiled in an < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/zyprexa">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

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BPA Builds Up, Stays in the Body

The toxic estrogen-mimicking chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">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

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