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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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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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 Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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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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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">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

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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

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Louisiana-Oil-Rig-Explosion">Deepwater Horizon oil spill – have reported severe headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty … Continue reading

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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

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Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Grilled Over Recalls

Johnson & Johnson is coming under more fire for the recent < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Childrens-Tylenol">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

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The Moroccan tea glasses contain excessive levels of … Continue reading

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Preventable Hospital Infections Kill 99,000 Every Year

An astounding 99,000 people die annually from < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hospital_infections">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

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">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

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