Monthly Archives: August 2010

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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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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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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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 TheAge.com, 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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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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Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Victim Awarded $1.3 Million

We recently wrote that the first federal < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Composix_Kugel_Mesh_X_Large_Patch">Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch trial ended in a verdict for the defendants, Davol, Inc. and C.R. Bard, Inc. The Rhode Island jury found the defendants negligent in the design of the Kugel … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch |

E. coli Strain in Latest Outbreak not Regulated

Yesterday, we wrote that Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. recalled 8,500 lbs of ground beef after three people were sickened with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">E. coli 026. This strain, said AOL.com, is not regulated by the US government, but has been linked to … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

Toyota Recalls 1.3 Million Cars for Stalling Problem

Since last November, Toyota has recalled about 8.5 million vehicles worldwide to resolve floor-mat interference and sticking pedal problems that may lead to incidents of unintended acceleration. Some vehicles are subject to both recalls. Now, said Bloomberg News, the beleaguered … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls |

NY Lawmakers Seek Salmonella Vaccine

Britain enjoys the safest egg supply in Europe, which many believe has to do with its vaccination program that fights against the dangerous and, many times, deadly, Salmonella pathogen. Now, says the Associated Press, two New York legislators are looking … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Seroquel Used to Treat PTSD in Thousands of Soldiers

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Seroquel-And-Cardiac-Death">Seroquel, the same drug at the center of thousands of recently settled personal injury claims, is now one of the top medications on which the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) spends its money. Recently, AstraZeneca settled thousands of claims for … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Is Fracking Poisoning Our Food?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could be putting food supplies at risk. According to a report on Alternet.com, fracking fluid leaks have been blamed for injuring and killing livestock, and there are fears that the accumulation of fracking chemicals in soil … Continue reading

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

Psychologist Warns BP Oil Spill Will Have Long-Lasting Impact

A prominent social psychologist says feelings of anger, depression, and helplessness are already apparent in many people whose lives were impacted by the BP oil spill. What’s more, Deborah Du Nann Winter, PhD, told the peer-reviewed online journal Ecopsychology that … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Oil Spills |

Salmonella Egg Farms Harbored Filth, FDA Inspections Find

An 8-foot-high manure pile is just some of the filth found at one of two egg producers associated with a nationwide outbreak of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/wright_county_egg_salmonella_outbreak">Salmonella. Other unappetizing discoveries found by Food & Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors at Iowa’s Wright County … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices, Salmonella |

Ohio Fracking Boom Comes at a Cost

Natural gas drillers have set their sights on Ohio. According to the Web site FrackAction.com, Ohio is home to 3,400 producing natural gas wells, and the current economic downturn has made Ohio residents particularly vulnerable to the overtures of natural … Continue reading

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

FDA Says Foot Tanner Poses Radiation Risk

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Tootsie Tanner Portable Foot Tanning Device could increase the risk of ultraviolet radiation overdose, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It seems that incorrect exposure information could lead to overdose of ultraviolet radiation with the … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

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