Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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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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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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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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