Monthly Archives: June 2010

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Power Adapters Sold With Heated Pet Beds Recalled

About 20,000 < "">Power Adapters for Heated Pet Beds Sold with PetSafe® Heated Wellness Sleepers have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The recalled Power Adapters for Heated Pet Beds Sold with PetSafe® Heated Wellness … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Super Lightning Rocket Fireworks Recalled for Burn Risk

About 4,700 < "">Super Lightning Rocket Fireworks have been recalled by Big Fireworks, of Lansing, Michigan, due to risk of burn, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The rockets are overloaded with pyrotechnic composition, violating the federal … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Product Recalls |

PA List of Fracking Chemicals Includes Possible Carcinogens, Other Toxins

A list of chemicals used in Pennsylvania natural gas drilling operations has been assembled by the state’s environmental regulator. According to the Associated Press, the list is believed to be the first complete inventory of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Toxic Substances |

CPSC Issues Annual Warning for Fireworks, Sparkler Injuries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants consumers to put safety into play if fireworks are part of their upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. Thousands of injuries occur with < "">sparklers, firecrackers, and aerials, and some 200 fireworks injuries … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

200 Habitat for Humanity Homes in New Orleans Built with Chinese Drywall

Habitat for Humanity has begun investigating around 50 New Orleans homes it built following Hurricane Katrina amid concerns that they contain potentially defective Chinese drywall. According to a report by ProPublica, the organization has already confirmed that five houses have … Continue reading

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Ban Urged On Artificial Food Dyes

The consumer group The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling for a ban on < "">artificial food dyes saying, said WebMD, that none of the food dyes—there are nine out there—that have been approved for use … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

High Court Refuses to Hear Pfizer’s Appeal of Nigerian Trovan Lawsuit

A U.S. lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. on behalf of Nigerian families who claim their children were subjected to non-consensual drug testing will be allowed to go forward. According to a report in The Christian Science Monitor, the U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA’s Failure to Regulate BPA Draws Lawsuit

The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit yesterday against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the agency’s failure to regulate < "">bisphenol A—BPA—said the SFGate. BPA is a highly ubiquitous polycarbonate plastics chemical that is known … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Hurricane Alex Wreaks Havoc with BP Oil Spill Clean Up

More oil is being pushed up on Gulf Coast beaches, thanks to rough seas created by Hurricane Alex. According to the Associated Press, waves as high as 6 feet and winds over 25 mph were forecast through tomorrow just offshore … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Oil Spills |

Scope Mouthwash Recalled

About 35,000 bottles of < "">Scope® Original Mint Mouthwash, 1-Liter Size, have been recalled by Procter & Gamble Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio due to failure to meet child-resistant closure requirement, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

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