Daily Archives: June 27, 2011

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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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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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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Endocet 325 mg Bottles May Contain Wrong Tablets, Recall Issued

Endo Pharmaceuticals has just issued a nationwide, consumer level recall of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Endocet® tablets, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced. Endocet® tablets—an oxycodone/acetaminophen formulation—(USP tablets) involved are distributed as 10 mg/325 mg 100 count bottles, NDC 60951-712-70, Lot … Continue reading

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants: Another Medical Innovation That Didn’t Deliver

Newer isn’t always better when it comes to medical products, according to a report from The New York Times. Too often, once they are on the market, it becomes clear that “innovative” drugs and devices provide no more benefits and … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Idaho Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Sprouts

Consumers are being warned by public health officials in Idaho to throw out alfalfa sprouts from Evergreen Produce of Moyie Springs, over a potential outbreak of the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the Idaho Department … Continue reading

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Food, Water Watchdog Calls for Fracking Ban

Hydraulic fracturing—popularly known as fracking—is, in fact, an environmentally threatening method of extracting shale gas that involves injecting a cocktail of fluids, including dangerous, carcinogenic chemicals, into the ground at high pressure to shake gas and oil deposits loose. With … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Cantaloupe Sold at Sams Clubs Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Another contaminated cantaloupe recall has been announced. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) repots that this cantaloupe recall involved cantaloupes produced by Eagle Produce, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona and involves a limited recall of certain cantaloupes shipped from Arizona … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Actos, Avandia Linked to Higher Incidence of Eye Disorder

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/actos">Actos and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avandia">Avandia increase the risk that users will develop diabetic macular edema, a serious eye disorder that can lead to blindness. According to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting in San Diego, people … Continue reading

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Experimental Diabetes Drug Raises Certain Cancer Risks

Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca are developing a new diabetes medication, but the experimental drug, although found to be effective in the two-year study, left participants with increased bladder and breast cancers, said Reuters. Of the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">dapagliflozin studies completed, 1.4 … Continue reading

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Promise of Fracking Falling Short, Report Claims

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has long been touted as the answer to U.S. energy woes. Boosters claim fracking provides a cheap and easy way to tap vast and previously unreachable natural gas deposits trapped in shale rock formations. But according … Continue reading

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