Daily Archives: March 11, 2011

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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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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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 ...
System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Holiday Rattle Baby Slippers Sold at Walgreens Recalled for Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced a product recall of about 57,000 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Holiday Rattle Baby Slippers due to choking hazard. The defective slippers were manufactured in China; imported by Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, … Continue reading

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BP Texas City Refinery Named in Benzene Lawsuit

Eight contractors who worked at the BP Texas City refinery have filed a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Benzene-Exposure-Cancer-Leukemia-Lymphoma-Lawsuit-Lawyer">lawsuit over a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/benzene">benzene leak that occurred in 2009. In addition to BP Products North America Inc., the $500 million lawsuit also names Pasadena Tank … Continue reading

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Wooden Fruit Puzzles Recalled for Choking Hazard

About 1,400 Kid O Products defective Wooden Fruit Puzzles have been recalled due to choking hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The knobs attached to the puzzle fruits can come loose, posing a choking hazard to … Continue reading

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Suzuki KingQuad ATVs Recalled for Fire Hazard

About 29,000 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Suzuki KingQuad All Terrain Vehicles (ATV)s have been recalled for fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The defective ATVs were manufactured in the United States by the Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation. … Continue reading

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Tulane Medical Center Warns Patients of Hepatitis, HIV Threat

About 360 patients who visited the Tulane Medical Center for colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, and upper-endoscopies late last year received notifications that the Center did not properly sanitize the gastrointestinal scoping equipment, potentially exposing them to blood borne diseases such as < … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Facilities at Center of Tylenol, Other Drug Recalls Face Greater FDA Scrutiny

A Johnson & Johnson drug plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania that made millions of bottles of recalled medicine, including < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tylenol-Liver-Damage-Injury-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Tylenol, Benadryl and Motrin, will not be allowed to reopen until the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is assured … Continue reading

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Fracking “Halliburton Loophole” Too Broad, Former Bush EPA Official Says

The regulatory exemption granted to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has now become known as the “Halliburton Loophole” went too far, according to a former George W. Bush administration official. Benjamin Grumbles, who served as assistant administrator for water at … Continue reading

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