Monthly Archives: November 2009

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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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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and 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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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 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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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Salmonella, Campylobacter Found In 2/3rds Of Chicken

Consumer Reports is reporting that a new test of fresh, whole broiler chickens revealed most contained either < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella and/or Campylobacter, dangerous and sometimes deadly food borne pathogens. The poultry was purchased in 22 states and two-thirds tested positive for … Continue reading

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Food Poisoning Can Lead To Paralysis, Other Long Term Health Problems

We’ve been following the issue of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">food poisoning and related illnesses—often long-term—associated with contamination with these toxins. Now, the LATimes is citing two new reports on this growing problem that were released by the Center for Foodborne Illness Research … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning |

MRGO Katrina Flooding Decision Could Benefit Thousands

Some Hurricane Katrina flooding victims in Louisiana could be eligible for compensation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, thanks to a recent decision by a federal judge in New Orleans. On November 18, 2009, Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Chinese Drywall Lawsuit Deadline Set for Wednesday

An important Chinese drywall lawsuit deadline is now only two days away. By Wednesday, December 2, Chinese drywall claimants whose homes were built with wallboard made by Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. must sign on to an omnibus class action … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News |

FDA Reportedly To Delay BPA Decision

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long said it is announcing its ruling on the safety of the plastic-hardening chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">bisphenol A—BPA—today, it appears the agency is delaying its self-imposed deadline, reports the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Another Infuse Bone Graft Study Conducted At Walter Reed Draws Scrutiny

Another study of Medtronic Inc.’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Medtronic_Infuse_Bone_Graft">Infuse Bone Graft product that involved soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is coming under fire. According to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dr. Charles Rosen, president of the Association for … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

TVA Faces Over A Dozen Suits Over Fly Ash Spill

Legal filings made just prior to the holiday almost doubled lawsuits now pending against the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tennessee_Fly_Ash_Spill">Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) over the December 22nd Kingston fly ash spill. The massive and catastrophic spill—the largest of its kind—dumped an incomprehensible 5.4 … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Team Work Trading Expands Children’s Pendant Recall

A recall of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">children’s metal pendants has been expanded by Team Work Trading, of Los Angeles, Calif. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled metal pendants contain excessive amounts of lead. The expanded recall includes eleven … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Community-Acquired MRSA in Hospital Outpatients A Growing Problem

The community-acquired strain of the deadly < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/mrsa_infections">Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pathogen is presenting larger health issues than first believed, reports Science Daily. MRSA is a bacteria that can cause serious infection and is resistant to most antibiotics, noted … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Stryker Corp. Recalls Operating Room System II Surgical Navigation Systems

Stryker Corporation’s Instruments division has initiated a worldwide, Class 1 recall of 23 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Operating Room System II Surgical Navigation Systems. A Class 1 recall is the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) most serious type of recall, and involves … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

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