Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Build-A-Bear Recalls Teddy Bears For Choking Hazard

Build-A-Bear has issued a large recall of its Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears for choking hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), just announced. About 284,000 Build-A-Bear Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears have been recalled in the … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products |

FDA Finalizes Egg Safety Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just finalized its egg safety rules. The guidance is meant to assist egg producers in following new rules for reducing Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) contamination. The FDA issued its egg safety rule in July … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Hannaford Supermarkets Sued Over Tainted Beef

Hannaford supermarkets are being sued over tainted beef that, at last count, had sickened 16 people nationwide. The contaminated beef is linked to the dangerous drug-resistant Salmonella Typhimurium pathogen. The lawsuit was filed on December 21 in the U.S. District … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Salmonella |

U.K. Considers Registry In Wake Of French Breast Implant Scandal

In the wake of a French breast implant scandal, health ministers and other officials in the United Kingdom are considering a registry of patients who have received faulty implants and other types of cosmetic procedures. As we’ve explained, Poly Implant … Continue reading

Posted in Breast Implants, Defective Medical Devices |

Novartis’ Tekturna Under Review After Clinical Trial Halted

Novartis’ high blood pressure drug, Tekturna, is under review after a clinical trial was suddenly halted over unwanted side effects and reduced benefits. Tekturna is in a class of drugs known as direct rennin inhibitors, is known generically as aliskiren, … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Consolidated

More than 100 Actos lawsuits are being consolidated in a multidistrict litigation, which involves all federal cases that allege injury as a result of taking the Type II diabetes medication. The cases will be centralized in the Western District of … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Pharmaceuticals |

NJ Consumer Files Suit in Illinois Over Hollister Co. Gift Card Promotion

Retailer Hollister Co. has been named in an Illinois class action lawsuit over a gift card promotion it ran in December 2009. The lawsuit claims that the gift cards offered with the Hollister Co. promotion stated they had no expiration … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

Michigan Dairy Recalls Cheese For Possible Listeria

Green Cedar Dairy of Dearborn, Michigan, is recalling its All Natural Ackawi Cheese and All Natural Chives Cheese for possible Listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The recalled All Natural Ackawi Cheese and All Natural … Continue reading

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

BP Oil Spill Criminal Charges Coming Soon

BP oil spill criminal charges are expected soon. The massive spill ranks as the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, having paralyzed important segments of the Gulf Coast’s economy, including seafood and tourism. The BP oil spill began on … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill |

Despite Repeated Citations, New York Group Home Owner Keeps License

Despite a staggering amount of citations, a New York group home owner is allowed to keep its license. A New York Times analysis has revealed that the Federation of Multicultural Programs of Brooklyn, an organization that cares for developmentally disabled … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

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