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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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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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BPA Study Highlights Pregnancy Dangers

Emerging research reveals new links with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and adverse reactions. According to EMaxHealth, “increased muscle tone, tremors, and abnormal movements” appeared in the baby of a woman who tested with very high BPA urine levels. The … Continue reading

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Children’s, Infant’s Acetaminophen To Be Standardized

Existing formulations of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Acetaminophen-Liver-Damage-Injury-Failure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">liquid acetaminophen for infants are being removed from shelves and will be replaced the same drug concentration as the current version for children, said The LA Times, citing over-the-counter (OTC) drugs makers. The change will occur … Continue reading

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Sony Faces Criticism for Failure to Prevent PlayStation Network Hack

A new report from PC World asserts that Sony could have done more to prevent the< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Sony-PlayStation-Network-Security-Data-Breach-Class-Action-Lawsuit"> PlayStation Network breach. Some also criticized Sony for the way it handled the aftermath of the PlayStation Network hack. The security breaches have … Continue reading

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Widespread Use of Triclosan Raises Health, Environmental Concerns

The antimicrobial < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/triclosan">triclosan, used to kill dangerous microorganisms, has become so commonplace that it can be found in an enormous array of personal car products, is infiltrating our environment, and is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. … Continue reading

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NYC Council Members Introduce PCB Bill

Lawmakers just introduced three bills mandating increased oversight of New York City’s $708 million program to remove < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/pcbs_nyc_schools">PCBs from city schools, said Staten Island Live. Lighting fixtures in New York City schools, long known to be contaminated with PCBs—polychlorinated … Continue reading

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Fracture Risk Prompts Experts to Recommend Bisphosphonate Changes

Experts are recommending that doctors change the way they prescribe < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Bisphosphonates">bisphosphonates like Fosamax, in light of recent research indicating the osteoporosis drugs may be associated with serious thigh fractures. The changes impact not only who may be treated with … Continue reading

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Maclaren Strollers Still Pose Amputation Risk, Recall Reissued

At least five more children have had fingers amputated by defective < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Maclaren strollers, prompting the company to reissue a recall it announced in November 2009. According to the newly issued Maclaren stroller recall notice, the hinge mechanism poses a … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Risperdal Settlement Could Cost $1 Billion

We recently wrote that beleaguered drug giant, Johnson & Johnson earmarked an unknown sum of money to resolve its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/risperdal">Risperdal woes with the federal government. Good thing. The Wall Street Journal reports that federal prosecutors are looking for about … Continue reading

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Louisiana Oil and Gas Companies Push Law that Robs Property Owners of Their Rights

It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. Lawmakers in Louisiana – a state still trying to recover from last year’s catastrophic BP oil spill – are seriously considering legislation that would let BP and other energy companies escape < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Legacy-Oil-Field-Remediation-Environmental-Contamination-Lawsuit-Lawyer">liability for … Continue reading

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