Daily Archives: April 14, 2011

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Azathioprine, Mercaptopurin and TNF Blockers Tied to Rare Blood Cancer

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it had received more reports about the occurrence of a rare blood cancer – Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma (HSTCL) – in people treated with TNF blockers, a class of drugs that … Continue reading

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Cub Cadet Recalls Defective Riding Mowers

Some 4,300 defective < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mowers have been recalled due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The recalled Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mowers, were manufactured in the United States by MTD … Continue reading

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PCB Light Ballasts in NY Schools Also Tainted by Asbestos

Lighting fixtures in New York City schools, long known to be contaminated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/PCBs_health_concerns">PCBs—polychlorinated biphenyls—have also been found to contain asbestos. We’ve been following the threat from PCBs in light ballasts found in schools built prior to 1979. Tests … Continue reading

Posted in PCBs |

DePuy ASR Hip Implant Victim Testifies at Senate Hearing

A Victim of the recalled < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Johnson-and-Johnson-DePuy-Hip-Implant">DePuy ASR hip implant described her painful ordeal yesterday during a hearing before the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging. The hearing, entitled “A Delicate Balance: FDA and the Reform of the Medical Device … Continue reading

Posted in Depuy, Legal News |

Minnesota Law Would Deem Elder Abusers Predatory Offenders

An emerging bill meant to deem < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">elder abusers as predatory offenders has made it to the Senate. Bill sponsor, Senator Warren Limmer—Republican-Maple Grove—says that nursing home facility employees found to be harming vulnerable residents will be added to the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Wellsburg, West Virginia Rejects Fracking

The city of Wellsburg, West Virginia has let it be known that fracking is not welcome there. According to a report in the Wheeling Intelligencer, Wellsburg City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would bar natural gas … Continue reading

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New E. coli Strains Being Studied

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">E. coli is a potentially deadly pathogen, and deadly strain 0157:H7 is certainly the most popular, making headlines regularly for its part in foodborne illness outbreaks; however, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) points out what we’ve often said, … Continue reading

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iCad Recall for Xoft Axxent Flexishield Mini Deemed Class 1

iCad has recalled the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Xoft Axxent Flexishield Mini product, Model 5300, which is intended to protect parts of the body from unwanted radiation during cancer treatment. According to the recall notice, the Axxent Flexishield Mini may shed particles of … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Class I Recall Issued for Penumbra Coil 400 Systems

A Class I medical device recall has been issued for the< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices"> Penumbra Coil 400 system, which is used to treat brain aneurysms, because of defective delivery tool. Class 1 recalls are the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) most … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

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