Monthly Archives: January 2012

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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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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Luxor Las Vegas Guests Stricken With Legionnaires’ Disease

Several guests of the Luxor resort in Las Vegas have been sickened with Legionnaires’ disease. Although two of three sickened patients have recovered, one died. The initial two cases were reported early last year; collected samples and assessment did not … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Keppra, Lamictal May Birth Defect Risks Possibly Higher Than Thought

A non-profit group believes two epilepsy drugs should be reclassified by federal regulators to indicate their risk of birth defects if they’re taken by pregnant women. According to a statement from AdverseEvents Inc., the epilepsy drugs Keppra and Lamictal should … Continue reading

Posted in Keppra, Lamictal, Legal News |

HIV Drugs May Increase Risk Of Some Birth Defects

Although HIV drugs can help expectant mothers from passing HIV—the virus that causes AIDs—to their unborn babies, HIV drugs may increase risks for some birth defects, according to emerging research. The drugs studied included Epivir (lamivudine); Sustiva (efavirenz); Viracept (nelfinavir); … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Maytag Centennial Washing Machines Fall Short of ENERGY STAR Standards

A class-action lawsuit filed in a New Jersey federal courtroom accuses Whirlpool Corp. and two major retailers with misrepresenting select Maytag Centennial washing machines as being ENERGY STAR efficient appliances. ENERGY STAR has become a mark which consumers look for … Continue reading

Posted in Maytag Centennial Washer Lawsuit |

Costa Concordia Passengers File $100 Million Class Action Lawsuit

Passengers from the crashed Costa Concordia have filed a $100 million class action lawsuit following the historic collision that has left at least 16 people dead and the luxury liner grounded off the Tuscan coast. The Costa Concordia struck a … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Costa Concordia Disaster |

FDA Detains More Orange Juice Imports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detained more orange juice imports being shipped in from Brazil and Canada to the United States because of concerns they may be tainted with an unapproved fungicide. As we’ve mentioned, PepsiCo recently … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Julienne Salads Recalled For Listeria Contamination

Salads are being recalled for Listeria contamination in what has been described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as a Class I recall, its most serious. Class I recalls represent a health hazard … Continue reading

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

Imprelis Victims Wait for DuPont to Respond to Claims

Home and property owners claiming Dupont’s herbicide Imprelis is responsible for widespread damage and death of certain tree species continue to wait for compensation from the manufacturer. According to a Detroit Free Press report, class-action lawsuits filed in eight states … Continue reading

Posted in Imprelis Tree Death / Damage |

Baby Lotion Recalled For Bacterial Contamination

Johnson & Johnson just announced that it is recalling one lot of its Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion for bacterial contamination. The contamination was discovered following a test by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed the baby … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Dimock, PA Fracking Controversy Heats Up Again

Sixty-one homes in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania will have their well water tested to determine if they were contaminated by natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). According to a report from the Reading Eagle, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

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