Monthly Archives: June 2011

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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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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Club Car Issues Vehicle Recall for Faulty Brakes

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced a recall of about 800 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Golf Cars and Hospitality, Utility, and Transport Vehicles. The defective Golf Cars and Hospitality, Utility, and Transport Vehicles were manufactured in the United States by Club … Continue reading

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Adventure Playsets Recalls Wooden Swing Sets

A large recall of 240,000 Adventure Playsets Wooden Swing Sets are being recalled, expanding on a prior, similar recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. The prior recall (the notice can be accessed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10029.html) was announced … Continue reading

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Toyota to Recall Hybrid SUVs for Faulty Wiring

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/toyota-recall">Toyota, still recovering from headline-making safety problems that plagued the company the past two years, has announced another vehicle recall. This time, the auto giant is recalling about 82,200 hybrid SUVs in the United States over computer boards with … Continue reading

Posted in Product Recalls |

Pollution may Raise Diabetes Risks

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">Increased pollutant levels in one’s blood could point to increased risks for Type 2 diabetes diagnoses, according to a new study conducted on seniors in Sweden, says Reuters. The findings are published in the journal, Diabetes Care. This is … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Hawaiian Woman Claims Using Fosamax Led to Thigh Fracture

A woman in Hawaii has filed suit against Merck & Co. for an injury she claims was the result of taking < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/fosamax">Fosamax. Lois Takamori, who began taking Fosamax in her 50s to prevent bone loss from osteoporosis, claims the … Continue reading

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Paxil, Prozac Linked to Birth Defects in Study

Another study has linked antidepressants such as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/prozac">Prozac and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/paxil">Paxil to birth defects. This study, said Reuters, involves two antidepressants and a risk of birth defects based on a review of national data from Finland. The research team … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Panel Rejects Avastin for Breast Cancer a Second Time

A panel of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisors has again rejected < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Avastin-Side-Effects-Lawyers-Lawsuit-Attorney">Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer. In a 6-0 vote, the FDA oncology panel ruled for a second time that Avastin is not clinically beneficial, effective … Continue reading

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New Jersey Closer to Fracking Ban

The New Jersey state legislature has approved a bill that could impose the nation’s first state-wide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The fracking ban passed both the Assembly (58 to 11) and the Senate (33 to 1) yesterday. The … Continue reading

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Qualitest Recalls Incorrectly Labeled Tablets

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals just issued a nationwide, retail-level < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">drug recall of Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just announced. A bottle of Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets (USP, 50mg/325mg/40mg, 500 count) was found incorrectly … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Finds Drug Safety Information Lacking

Drug labels and medication guides are necessary for patients, caretakers, and physicians and are meant to contain important information on drug safety, efficacy, side effects, and dosing. WebMD noted that in a recent Consumer Reports investigation, some drug labels are … Continue reading

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