Daily Archives: June 9, 2011

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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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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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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People Taking Bisphosphonates Need More Vitamin D

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Bisphosphonates">Bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, have long been linked to potential risks for increased thigh fractures. Now, said the LA Times, it seems that Vitamin D, which collaborates with calcium to strengthen bones, might help increase the … Continue reading

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Senators Want Probe of Surgeons’ Medical Device Profits from PODs

With physician-owned distributorship, or PODS, established in about 20 states—20 in California, alone—five United States senators reached out to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, seeking an investigation into these entities, said The Wall Street … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Bike Carrier Rack Recalled Over Fall Hazard

About 100 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Civia Loring Carrier Racks for Mounting Over Front Bicycle Wheels have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. The defective Bicycle Carrier Racks were manufactured in Taiwan; imported by Quality Bicycle Products of … Continue reading

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FDA Finds Arsenic in Chicken, Poultry Drug Withdrawn

Government testing reveals that chicken produced and consumed in the United States might contain arsenic. US News reports that one drug maker is suspending sale of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">3-Nitro, an animal drug, because the drug contains organic arsenic. Organic arsenic can … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

More Rare E. coli Strains Causing Illness in U.S

Following the start of the ongoing and historic Germany < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">E. coli outbreak that has sickened 2,400—700 very seriously with significant kidney problems—and killed 23, federal officials have revealed that rare E. coli has been sickening more and more people … Continue reading

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AlloDerm Plaintiff Requests Mass Tort for New Jersey Lawsuits

At least 25 lawsuits involving AlloDerm surgical mesh are pending in New Jersey State Courts. Recently, a motion was filed requesting that all New Jersey < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Alloderm-Hernia-Recurrence-Recurring-Lawyer-Lawsuit-Attorney">AlloDerm lawsuits be consolidated in a mass tort before one judge for pretrial proceedings. … Continue reading

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Vanilla Bean Paste Recall Prompted by Test Error, Product Poses No Listeria Risk

Last month, we reported that, according to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. of Waukegan, Illinois, it had recalled one lot of its Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. The recall was issued over concerns that the vanilla bean paste was potentially … Continue reading

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FDA Restricts Zocor Over Muscle Injury Risk

The cholesterol-lowering drug

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