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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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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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