Monthly Archives: November 2012

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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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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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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh | Tagged |

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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