Monthly Archives: May 2010

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Three Firms Recall Children’s Clothing Due To Strangulation, Entanglement Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reporting three separate < "">recalls of children’s clothing due to strangulation and entanglement hazards. In all three cases, the garments have a drawstring through some portion of the clothing, which can pose … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Buckyballs High Powered Magnets Sets Recalled Violating Federal Toy Standards

A large recall of about 175,000 Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets are being recalled by Maxfield and Oberton due to violation of the federal toy standard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets … Continue reading

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

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Prompts Health Worries for Cleanup Crews

Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup workers are falling ill. According to the Los Angeles Times, many of the workers – mostly fisherman left unemployed by the < "">Deepwater Horizon oil spill – have reported severe headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Oil Spills |

organicgirl Baby Spinach Recalled For Possible Salmonella

organicgirl Produce is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of 10-ounce organicgirl Baby Spinach, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The involved organicgirl Baby Spinach bears an expired Use-by Date of May 22 and Product Code … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products, Salmonella |

Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Grilled Over Recalls

Johnson & Johnson is coming under more fire for the recent < "">recall of children’s over-the-counter medicines manufactured by its McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit. At a Congressional hearing yesterday, officials from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

Lead Poisoning Risk Prompts Cost Plus To Recall Tea Glasses

About 14,000 Moroccan Tea Glasses distributed by Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland, California are being recalled due to risk of < "">lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The Moroccan tea glasses contain excessive levels of … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Product Recalls, Toxic Substances |

Preventable Hospital Infections Kill 99,000 Every Year

An astounding 99,000 people die annually from < "">preventable infections contracted in hospitals in the United States. Now, finally, state laws are catching up and are prompting hospitals to begin reporting these infections. According to WebMD, citing the U.S. Centers … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Worst in U.S. History

It has now been confirmed that BP and the federal government severely underestimated the true extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Yesterday, a U.S. government panel studying the flow said the well was gushing oil at a rate of … Continue reading

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Genzyme Signs Consent Decree, Shortage of Thyroid Cancer Medicine Expected

Massachusetts’ drug manufacturing plant, relinquishing $175 million to the federal government, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The consent degree agrees to correct < "">manufacturing quality violations at its Allston manufacturing facility; the $175 million represents unlawful profits … Continue reading

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BPA Study Suggests Possible Cancer Risk

An emerging study on the effects of < "">bisphenol A—BPA—conducted at Tufts University School of Medicine has revealed the compound’s carcinogenic effects. BPA is a known endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) that has hormone-like, often described as estrogenic, effects on the body. … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

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