Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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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