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Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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