Daily Archives: June 16, 2011

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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Target Expands Booster Seat Recall

A large recall of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective booster seats has just been implemented, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. This recall involves about 375,000 Circo Child Booster Seats; 43,000 additional booster seats were recalled in August 2009. That … Continue reading

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NY Issues Warning For Possible Staph In Queso Fresco

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine just issued a warning to consumers not to eat certain Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” made by Quesos CentroAmericano Corp. at 35 Hansen Avenue, Freeport, New York, due to possible < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Staphylococcus aureus contamination, … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Chantix Label After Study Links it to Heart Problems

U.S. regulators are warning of another possible < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/chantix_side_effects">Chantix side effect – heart problems in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. According to a Drug Safety Communication issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today, information detailing this possible side … Continue reading

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Norovirus Outbreaks Reported On Alaska Cruises

It seems as if this year will follow last year in < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/norovirus">norovirus cruise ship outbreaks. So far, 3 Alaskan cruises have been plagued with norovirus this year, a higher-than-normal incidence, said Mercury News, citing federal health officials. Most recently, … Continue reading

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Home Care Patients May be Victims of Antibiotic Overuse

The potential < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">overuse of antibiotics in home care patients was suggested in a recent Canadian study published in the June issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, said Science … Continue reading

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Epilepsy Drugs May Up Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Recently, we’ve done quite a bit of reporting on the link between epilepsy drugs like < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Depakote-Lawsuit-Lawyer-Birth-Defects">Depakote and birth defects. Now a new study finds that such drugs might also increase the risk that pregnant women who take them will … Continue reading

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Rotavirus Vaccine Linked To Bowel Problems

Not for the first time, a study has linked the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">rotavirus vaccination with bowel issues. The vaccine prevents the most prevalent causes of serious diarrhea and dehydration in infants, but can also lead to a possibly life threatening bowel … Continue reading

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Proposed Chinese Drywall Settlement Means Homeowners Should Act Now

The latest proposed < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Defective_Chinese_Drywall">Chinese drywall settlement has prompted one national law firm to urge homeowners to act now if they believe the tainted wallboard was used in their home. “If somebody suspects or has confirmed through their builder that … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Long-Term Actos Use May Raise Bladder Cancer Risk

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication yesterday warning that people taking < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/actos">Actos (pioglitazone) for more than a year may face an increased risk of bladder cancer. The agency said the information on the … Continue reading

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