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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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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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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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 DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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Listeria Risk Prompts Smoked Salmon Recall

Woodsmoke Provisions, LLC is recalling 160 package of its The Fresh Market Signature Collection Atlantic Smoked Salmon in 4-ounce retail packages with lot code 1459/2 over concerns that the recalled salmon has the potential to be contaminated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Jonathan’s Sprouts Recall Expanded

Last week, we wrote that Jonathans Sprouts of Rochester, Massachusetts issued a recall over is conventional alfalfa sprout products because of potential < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella contamination. Now, the firm is reporting that it is upgrading its recall of conventional alfalfa sprout … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Cucumbers Recalled for Potential Salmonella

L&M Companies, Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina just issued a recall of one lot—1590 cartons—of whole cucumbers over concern the produce is contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Discharges of Fracking Waste Into Pennsylvania Waterways Will End Next Month

Pennsylvania environmental regulators have announced that natural gas drillers are close to ending one of the most controversial practices associated with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. According to a report from the Associated Press, the state’s Marcellus shale natural gas drillers … Continue reading

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Propecia Lawsuit Claims Hair Loss Drug Caused Sexual Dysfunction

Hair growth medication finasteride, marketed by Merck as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Propecia, for male pattern baldness is being blamed for persistent sexual dysfunction, according to nine men, who say that the dysfunction remained even after they stopped taking the drug, wrote Courthouse … Continue reading

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FDA Announces Tysabri Label Update

Last week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was updating the label of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/tysabri">Tysabri (natalizumab) to include additional information about the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare but serious brain infection. According to a … Continue reading

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Pfizer Says One Clinical Trial Death Associated with Experimental RA Drug

During a clinical trial for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">tofacitinib, an experimental rheumatoid arthritis (RA) medication, one death has been reportedly linked to the drug, said Bloomberg News. The experimental RA drug is under trial by Pfizer Inc. and this death represents one … Continue reading

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Kaba Group Slammed For Downplaying Pushbutton Lock Defects

In a statement issued last week, Kaba Group acknowledged that several of its entities are facing lawsuits over specific models of pushbutton locks sold and distributed by Kaba Access Control. The Kaba Group statement strongly implied that claims that the … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Industry Looks to Kill San Francisco Radiation Disclosure Ordinance

The cell phone industry is pushing hard against a San Francisco, California ordinance that requires important information about < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Cell-Phones-Cause-Cancer-Radiation-Exposure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">cell phone radiation be disclosed to consumers. CTIA-The Wireless Association, an industry group, recently filed suit against the city of San … Continue reading

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