Monthly Archives: November 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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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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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Forgotten World Trade Center Rescue Workers Pin Last Hopes on Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/world_trade_center_emergency_workers">World Trade Center emergency worker settlement that was approved last week has left out hundreds of people who assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now, the only chance these … Continue reading

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L.L. Bean Folding Camp Rockers Recalled for Fall Hazard

About 2,300 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Folding Camp Rockers have been recalled for fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC also I advising consumers to stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed and notes that it … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Meijer Recalls Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters

About 6,700 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC also noted that consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Alcohol Energy Drink Makers Agree to Pull Products, FDA Says

Following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter issued to four companies concerning the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">caffeine added to their malt alcoholic drinks, the agency announced that some major brands of these drinks should be removed from sale by … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Antibacterial Soaps With Triclosan, BPA Pose Risks

An emerging study out of the University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M) suggests that young people overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/triclosan">triclosan may be at increased allergy risks and that those exposed to increased levels of Bisphenol … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Avodart as Prostate Cancer Preventer Prompts Skepticism at FDA

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Avodart wants to market the drug as a way to reduce prostate cancer risks in certain men, but according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning the … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Plan to Disable Cell Phones in Cars Under Consideration

On the heels of the launch of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s online video series, “Faces of Distracted Driving,” the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking into technology to disable c< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Accident-Due-Caused-by-Cell-Phone-Texting-Use-Injuries-Lawyer-Lawsuit-Attorney">ell phone operations in automobiles. The “Faces of … Continue reading

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Scientist Studying BP Oil Spill Finds Crude on Gulf of Mexico Floor

Since the BP oil spill was capped in mid-July, many have wondered where all the oil went. In mid-August, the federal government even optimistically declared that as much as three-quarters of the oil had dispersed, evaporated or otherwise disappeared. But … Continue reading

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Illinois Norovirus Outbreak Grows

A < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/norovirus">norovirus that we have been following and that has been reported at three Illinois nursing homes is spreading. Some good news, the names of the three involved facilities has finally been released. According to the Northwest Herald, the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Nursing Home Abuse |

Fracking Moratorium Approved by New York Assembly

The New York State Assembly has finally approved a bill that would put a hold on < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hydraulic_fracturing_fracking">hydraulic fracturing in the state until May 15, 2011. The New York hydraulic fracturing moratorium bill is now on the desk of Governor … Continue reading

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