Monthly Archives: October 2011

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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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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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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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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Rite Aid Recalls Butter Cookie Tins for Possible Bacterial Contamination

Rite Aid, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just implemented a chain-wide recall of about 85,000 tins of butter cookies, the agency just announced. The Rite Aid butter cookies were distributed by the drug store chain … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

FDA Issues Salmonella Warning for Wegmans Pine Nuts

Last week, we wrote that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of 5,000 pounds of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Turkish Pine Nuts over concerns about potential Salmonella contamination. The FDA is now warning consumers not to … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Certain Asthma Drugs Risky for Kids

Some asthma medications are proving risky for children, according to emerging research. So-called long-acting beta-agonists—LABAs—have been linked with increased risks for significant complications, notes USA Today. These complications include hospitalization, intubation, and death, known as so-called asthma composite outcome, said … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Topamax Birth Defect Lawsuits Centralized in Philadelphia

All < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/topamax_birth_defects">Topamax birth defect lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania state courts have been centralized in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, failed to properly research the pregnancy risks associated with … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Topamax Oral Clefts |

Greek Debt Fix a Bad Deal for Holders of Credit Default Swaps

Holders of credit default swaps on Greek bonds may be out of luck, thanks to the European Union’s plan to resolve the euro region’s sovereign debt crisis. According to a report from Bloomberg News, because the plan is considered voluntary, … Continue reading

Posted in Stock Fraud |

Cooperstown, New York Divided by Contentious Fracking Debate

The debate over < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hydraulic_fracturing_fracking">hydraulic fracturing has turned nasty in Cooperstown, New York, according to a report from The New York Times. Some of the most vocal opponents of fracking in the upstate New York village have reportedly received threatening … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Hand Trucks Recalled Following 19 Injuries

A large recall of about 292,000 Harper Trucks Hand Trucks has been implemented, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The defective Harper Trucks Hand Trucks were manufactured in China, the United States, and Taiwan by Harper Trucks … Continue reading

Posted in Product Recalls |

FDA Panel Gives Medtronic Cardiac Ablation System a Thumbs Down

A panel of outside medical experts has recommended that federal regulators not approve a cardiac ablation system to treat atrial fibrillation being developed by Medtronic, Inc. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, members of a U.S. Food … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Trek Recalls Bicycles For Fall Hazard

About 27,000 Trek 2012 FX and District Bicycles are being recalled for fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced. The defective Trek 2012 FX and District Bicycles were manufactured in China; imported … Continue reading

Posted in Product Recalls |

Doctors in Europe Advised that Pradaxa Patients Need Kidney Tests

Doctors in Europe will be informed that certain patients should undergo kidney testing before they begin taking the anti-clotting medication, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Pradaxa-Internal-Bleeding-Hemorrhaging-Side-Effects-Lawsuit">Pradaxa. Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Pradaxa, will also notify European doctors that patients older than 75 and those … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa |

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