Monthly Archives: April 2011

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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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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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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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Study Ranks Food Poisoning Pathogens

A just-released reports indicates that 14 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">foodborne pathogens cost the United States a staggering $14 billion in human disease alone. The report, said the LA Times, was released by the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute. The study determined … Continue reading

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PlayStation Network Breach Sparks Class Action Lawsuit

Sony Corp. now faces legal action following a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Sony-PlayStation-Network-Security-Data-Breach-Class-Action-Lawsuit">breach of its online PlayStation gaming network that compromised millions of its users’ personal data, said the Wall Street Journal. One such lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court’s Northern … Continue reading

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Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Labs

Following one death and 10 hospitalizations, a Salmonella poisoning outbreak appears to have originated at a laboratory and has been linked to 73 more illnesses in 35 states. The outbreak goes back to August and is expected to be linked … Continue reading

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Settlement Announced in Medtronic Spine Device Lawsuit

A unit of Medtronic Inc. just agreed to settle a product liability lawsuit over allegedly < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective spinal implants. Law 360 said that the defective surgical implant lawsuit was brought about by a family in Puerto Rico who was seeking … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Botox Victim Awarded $212 Million

Considered to be one of the largest Botox litigation awards yet, a Virginia man was awarded $212 million this week by a U.S. District Court jury. The lawsuit, said the Richmond-Times Dispatch, was filed against Allergan Inc., the maker of … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Chesapeake Appalachia Faces Lawsuit in Pennsylvania Natural Gas Well Fire

Two workers who sustained severe injuries during a fire at a natural gas well earlier this year in Washington, Pennsylvania have filed suit against Chesapeake Appalachia. The lawsuit claims Chesapeake and other defendants were negligent by failing to take steps … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Toro Snowblowers, Recycler Mowers Recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced a product recall of the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Toro Power Clear Snowblower and the Toro 20″ Recycler Mower, which were manufactured by the Toro Company of Bloomington, Minnesota. About … Continue reading

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PA Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Members Tied to Drilling Violations

Some members of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission are employed by energy companies that racked up nearly half of the natural gas drilling violations in the state last year. A report from the group Clean Water Action … Continue reading

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Fixed Side Cribs Recalled for Entrapment, Fall Hazards

A product recall of about < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">330 Fixed-Side Cribs has been implemented by ducduc llc, of New York, New York, due to fall and entrapment hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The bottom rails on the … Continue reading

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Nexium, Fosamax Lawsuits Claim Drugs Caused Fractures

We’ve long been writing about links with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nexium">Nexium, and bisphosphonates, such as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/14517">Fosamax, to increased risks of bone fractures. PPIs reduce stomach acid and are typically taken for heartburn and acid reflux. … Continue reading

Posted in Bisphosphonates, Pharmaceuticals, Proton Pump Inhibitors |

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