Monthly Archives: August 2011

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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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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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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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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Swing Sets Sold At Toys R Us Recalled For Fall Hazard

About 5,500 Playsafe Dartmouth Swing Sets are being recalled for fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The defective Playsafe Dartmouth Swing Sets were manufactured in China; imported by Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wisconsin, and … Continue reading

Posted in Product Recalls |

Dead in Samson Resources Wyoming Explosion Identified

Construction work at Samson Resources Co. sites in Wyoming’s Powder River Basi has halted, following Monday’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/wyoming-oil-storage-facility-explosion-lawsuit">explosion near Glenrock. Meanwhile, the names of the three men killed in that explosion have been released. According to a report from The … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Wyoming Oil Production Site Explosion |

Imprelis Lawyers File Motion to Preserve Tree Damage Evidence

A group of law firms has gone to court seeking to force DuPont to notify property owners and lawn care professionals of the steps they should take to preserve evidence of damage caused by the tree-killing herbicide, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Imprelis-DuPont-herbicide-tree-death-side-effects-lawsuit">Imprelis. A … Continue reading

Posted in Imprelis Tree Death / Damage |

Google CEO Knew About Illegal AdWords Sales, Report Claims

In the wake of Google’s agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to forfeit $500 million for selling internet ads to illegal Canadian Pharmacies through AdWords program, new information is being reported that co-founder and CEO, Larry Page, knew about … Continue reading

Posted in Google Shareholder Lawsuit |

Medical Device Industry Prepares to Defend Transvaginal Mesh

The medical device industry is gearing up to fight any suggestion that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/transvaginal_mesh_injuries">transvaginal mesh devices should be recalled. According to a report in the Minneapolis Post, trade group AdvaMed is readying a lobbying effort in advance of an FDA … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

Guatemalan Syphilis Researchers Knew Experiments Were Unethical, Panel Says

A presidential commission has determined that the U.S. scientists who conducted syphilis experiments on hundreds of Guatemalans in the 1940s were very aware that their research methods were unethical. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, which is … Continue reading

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Health Canada Warns of PAH Associated with Sprycel

Health Canada, collaborating with drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada (BMS), just issued a warning concerning serious pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) linked to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/sprycel-leukemia-drug-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-side-effects-lawsuit">Sprycel (dasatinib). Sprycel is part of the drug class of protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitors medications and has received … Continue reading

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Three Dead After Wyoming Oil Production Explosion

An < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/wyoming-oil-storage-facility-explosion-lawsuit">explosion yesterday morning at a Wyoming oil production site sparked a fire and killed three workers. According to the Associated Press, the cause of the blast is not yet known. The explosion occurred around 10:00 a.m. at an … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Wyoming Oil Production Site Explosion |

NIH Launching Traumatic Brain Injury Database

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD) are collaborating on the creation of a central database to track < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/traumatic_brain_injury">traumatic brain injuries, said the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), of the NIH. … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Pre-Birth Exposure to BPA May Affect Male Genitalia

Much has been said about the ongoing health issues linked to the polycarbonate plastics chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), and readers of this blog are well aware of the myriad health issues that affect people, from infancy on up, who are exposed … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

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