Monthly Archives: April 2011

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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 Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Study Ranks Food Poisoning Pathogens

A just-released reports indicates that 14 < "">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

Posted in Food Poisoning |

PlayStation Network Breach Sparks Class Action Lawsuit

Sony Corp. now faces legal action following a < "">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

Posted in Legal News |

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

Posted in Food Poisoning |

Settlement Announced in Medtronic Spine Device Lawsuit

A unit of Medtronic Inc. just agreed to settle a product liability lawsuit over allegedly < "">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 < "">Toro Power Clear Snowblower and the Toro 20″ Recycler Mower, which were manufactured by the Toro Company of Bloomington, Minnesota. About … Continue reading

Posted in Product Recalls |

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

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Fixed Side Cribs Recalled for Entrapment, Fall Hazards

A product recall of about < "">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 < "">Nexium, and bisphosphonates, such as < "">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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