Monthly Archives: December 2009

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution


The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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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, 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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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Dehumidifiers Recalled For Burn Hazard

About < "">98,000 Portable Dehumidifiers, which were manufactured by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China, have been recalled due to fire and burn hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada just announced. The power connector … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Firm Settles With DOJ Over Unapproved Medical Device

Spectranetics Corporation, a < "">medical device manufacturer, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has agreed to pay the United States $4.9 million in civil damages and a $100,000 forfeiture to resolve claims against the company, the Justice Department just announced, said … Continue reading

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

Sprint Fidelis Problems Weigh On Medtronic

We have long been writing about the dangerous, sometimes deadly, issue regarding < "">defective cardiac device leads. Now, a report out by UBS Investment Research announced that, “lead failures could accelerate over time,” said Med City News. Lead wires are … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtronic Defibrillators |

E. coli Tainted Beef Served In Restaurants Sickens 21

Earlier this week we wrote that an < "">E. coli outbreak prompted the recall of 248,000 pounds of beef products produced by National Steak and Poultry, of Owasso, Oklahoma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety & Inspection Service … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning |

Lead Paint Violation Prompts Recall Of Wooden Toys

About 300 < "">Wooden Skill Ball Toys distributed by Kendamaspot LLC, of Redmond, Washington have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The surface paint coating on the ball contains excessive levels of lead, violating the … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Safety 1st Disney, Eddie Bauer Play Yards Recalled

A large recall of about 213,000 < "">Safety 1st Disney Care Centerâ„¢ Play Yards and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards has been announced, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recalled Safety 1st Disney Care Centerâ„¢ Play … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

FDA to Study Effect Of Prescription Drugs on Pregnant Women

A new research program called the Medication Exposure in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program (MEPREP) will fund research to study the effects of < "">prescription medications used during pregnancy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The program is … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Salmonella Hazelnut Recalls Continue

Janzen Farms, Dayton, Oregon is recalling hazelnut kernels because the product has the potential to be contaminated with < "">Salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just announced. The recalled hazelnut kernels were sold in November and December 2009 … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

FDA Slammed Over Heart Device Trials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been criticized by two prominent medical journals over how it approves < "">cardiovascular medical devices, says the Wall Street Journal. The journals accused the FDA of releasing some devices to market based … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

FDA Misses BPA Deadline Again

For the third time this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will miss its own deadline on advising the public on the safety of products manufactured with the controversial chemical < "">bisphenol A—BPA—reports the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel (JSOnline). … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

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