Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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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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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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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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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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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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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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