Daily Archives: April 21, 2011

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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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