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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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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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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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