Monthly Archives: December 2010

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Toyota Woes Make 2010 Big Year For Auto Recall

Vehicle recalls certainly made headlines more than just a few times this year, with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/toyota-recall">Toyota Motor Corporation leading in numbers and scandals. According to Detroit News, over 19 million vehicles were recalled in some 600 U.S. recall campaigns, the … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

PCBs May Pose Risk In Schools

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released guidance recommending that schools take steps to reduce potential exposures to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/pcbs_nyc_schools">PCBs from older fluorescent lighting fixtures. The guidance, part of EPA’s ongoing efforts to address potential PCB exposures in schools, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

94 Cases of Salmonella Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts; Cilantro, Parsley Recall Expanded

It seems two concurrent, but unrelated cases of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella contamination have resulted in widespread recalls. About 100 people have fallen ill across the United States and Canada, said CNN. No illness has been associated with the precautionary, voluntary recall … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products, Salmonella |

Arrow Recalls Defective Balloon Catheters

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Arrow Ultra 8 Intra-Aortic Balloon Catheters (IABS) 8 FR 30CC and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">40CC Universal and Arrow Intra-Aortic Balloon (IAB) Catheter with a Fiber Optic Sensor and Measurement System have been recalled, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

American Honda Recalls Snow Blowers

About 18,500 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">American Honda Snowblowers have been recalled due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), announced. The agencies advise consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and note that it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products |

FDA Ends Pain Drug Trials Over Bone Damage Concerns

Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca Plc stopped their studies of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">experimental painkillers—anti-nerve growth factors (NGF inhibitors)—due to issues that the drug class involved might raise the risk of joint damage, wrote Bloomberg.com. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Mercury Warning for Skin Lightening Creams

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just issued a warning against using skin-lightening creams that could contain dangerous levels of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">mercury, said Healthland. The EPA pointed to recent investigations of some imported cosmetics. The investigations were conducted by the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Thousands of Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuits Expected

Personal injury attorneys are preparing Darvocet and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/darvon">Darvon litigation against the makers of propoxyphene-based painkillers. It seems that the alleged cardiac response to the drugs could be fatal with erratic origins that provide no symptoms, noted the Daily Mail. Attorneys … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

FDA Asked for Triclosan Answers

Representative Edward Markey (Democrat-Massachusetts) asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an update on its review of the chemical,< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/triclosan"> triclosan, which is found in many consumer products, said The Washington Post. The review has been “long delayed,” … Continue reading

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ev3 NanoCross 0.014” OTW PTA Dilatation Catheter Named in Class 1 Recall

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">ev3 NanoCross .014″ OTW PTA Dilatation Catheter has been named in a Class I recall because the medical device has the potential to crack or break, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Class I recalls … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

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