Monthly Archives: August 2010

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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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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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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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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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