Monthly Archives: December 2009

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the 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, 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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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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