Daily Archives: April 21, 2011

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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 ...

FDA Cracks Down on MRSA Hand Sanitizer Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued four warning letters to firms that manufacture and market over-the-counter (OTC) drug products, including hand sanitizers that make MRSA claims that they prevent infection from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Labeling and … Continue reading

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Texas Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk

Three children and one adult have fallen seriously ill with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella after drinking raw milk, Texas state officials just announced, said WFAA. As we’ve noted, more and more consumers are eating organically, minimizing consumption of processed foods, purchasing foods … Continue reading

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Another Pennsylvania Community Considers Fracking Ban

A Western Pennsylvania town is considering an ordinance that would ban fracking. According to a report in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Wilkinsburg council agreed Wednesday night to have its solicitor review a sample ordinance that would ban natural gas drilling … Continue reading

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Jonathan Sprouts Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts for Salmonella

Jonathans Sprouts of Rochester, Massachusetts is recalling its conventional alfalfa sprout products with sell-by date of 4/23 over concerns that the sprouts have been < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella contaminated, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The recalled product was … Continue reading

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Calcium Supplements May Up Heart Attack Risks

Data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation Study, a seven-year trial that was conducted on 36,282 postmenopausal women, has revealed that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">calcium supplements may increase heart attack risks in women. Women taking calcium supplements experienced a … Continue reading

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Pesticide Exposure Before Birth Linked To Lower IQ

Another study has found a link between < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">pesticides and adverse health risks, this time—and not for the first time—with children. Expectant mothers exposed to high amounts of specific pesticides tend to give birth to children with lower IQs when … Continue reading

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ACE Inhibitors May Increase Chances of Breast Cancer Recurrence

A newly published study from researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center indicates that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/ace_inhibitors">ACE inhibitors may increase the risk that breast cancer survivors will suffer a recurrence. ACE inhibitors are used for controlling blood pressure, treating heart failure, … Continue reading

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Dangerous Skin Reaction, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, A Risk of Many Medications

Patient advocates maintain that the current drug allergy alert on labels of many over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen don’t adequately warn users about the risk of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/stevens_johnson_syndrome">Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a potentially fatal skin reaction. While prescription medications associated with SJS … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Natural Gas Well Blowout Reported Stabilized

A Pennsylvania natural gas well that blew out Tuesday night while hydraulic fracturing was taking place appears to be stable, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The natural gas well, operated by Chesapeake Energy and located in … Continue reading

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