Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

Dozens-Receive-Nonsterile-Simulated-Saline-Solution

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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Consumer Group to FDA: Re-Inspect Compounding Pharmacies with Prior Violations

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is being urged to re-inspect a number of compounding pharmacies that had been previously cited with violations. Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group is asking the agency to re-inspect 16 compounding pharmacies in … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

CPSC, CBP Collaborate at U.S. Ports to Protect Families This Holiday Season

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner, David Aguilar, jointly announced that more than 2 million units of dangerous or violative toys and children’s products were seized in 2012. … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products |

UK health officials issue advisory on transvaginal mesh injury treatments

Health officials in the U.K. are advising surgeons and the public on ways to potentially avoid complications caused by transvaginal mesh surgery devices used to treat women suffering from two serious and common conditions. According to an update at Public … Continue reading

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Woman Sues Bayer Over Mirena® IUD, Alleges Device Caused Organ Perforation

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was implanted with a Mirena® IUD. The lawsuit alleges that the Mirena® IUD caused substantial injuries in the Florida woman, that the Mirena® IUD … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Mirena IUD |

“Melrose Place” Manslaughter Trial Juror: “Sad end to a tragic story”

Actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer, best known for her “Melrose Place” role, has been accused of being intoxicated at the time of two crashes, one deadly, and was facing up to 30 years in prison. Locane-Bovenizer was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Professor replies to New York’s impending approval of fracking drilling expansion

New York mustn’t contribute to the problems caused and posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling by opening the state to drillers next year. That is the feeling of one Cornell University ecology and biology professor who wrote an editorial in … Continue reading

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Study: Flame Retardant Chemicals Found in House Dust, Sofas

A new study has found that people may be breathing dangerous toxins from common household items, such as their electronics and upholstered furniture, to name just two. Researchers from Silent Spring Institute, an environmental research group, discovered possibly dangerous levels … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Tobacco Companies Must Advertise Smoking Risks

A federal judge just issued an order mandating that major US tobacco companies remove ads discussing the health risks of smoking. The decision followed a federal lawsuit filed in 1999 that alleged that the tobacco companies violated racketeering statutes that … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Financial ties between researchers, drug companies taint clinical data

Much of the so-called clinical data gathered to approve new prescription drugs or used to back marketing claims a company wishes to make about its products is likely soiled by financial ties between the person who wrote the research and … Continue reading

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FDA forces closure of Sunland Inc. after Salmonella outbreak, repeated violations

The Food and Drug Administration has shut the doors on a New Mexico purveyor of peanut butter products that were contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, leading to a nationwide outbreak of the illness. The agency believes conditions inside Sunland Inc. were … Continue reading

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