Monthly Archives: December 2009

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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

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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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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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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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 Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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