Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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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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