Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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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Vega Helmet Corp. Recalls More than 30,000 Motorcycle Helmets

Vega Helmet Corporation has announced that it is recalling more than 30,546 motorcycle helmets that may not meet federal safety standards for impact protection. The recalled helmets, Vega model XTS in sizes L, XL, and XXL, were manufactured between May … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Study: Elevated Cobalt and Chromium Levels Seen Following Metal Disc Arthroplasty

A recent study revealed that patients tested with higher serum cobalt and chromium levels following surgery for all metal total lumbar disc arthroplasty. The levels, said Helio, were similar to those seen in the same time frame in patients with … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News, Metal Hip Implants |

Oregon bus crash kills 9 on icy I-84

A coach bus carrying Canadian tourists at the end of a nine-day tour crashed over a guard rail on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Ore., killing nine on board and injuring dozens more. According to an AP report with help from … Continue reading

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Increased Complaints of Serious Injuries in Children Leads to Buckyball Makers Liquidation

Parker Waichman LLP® reports that Buckyball maker, Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, LLC, is being liquidated following mounting complaints of serious injuries in children. Now, Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, LLC is in liquidation, has ceased to exist under Delaware law, and … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Defective Products |

HGH use on the rise, most sales generated through improper diagnosis

Sales of human growth hormone (HGH) and anabolic steroids have reached all-time highs and some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are finding where there’s muck, there’s brass, profiting mostly off questionable sales of the drugs. According to a recent … Continue reading

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Georgia Nursing Home Accident Leaves One Woman Dead

Another nursing home death has been reported; this time in a Decatur, Georgia facility. A 94-year-old wheelchair-bound woman was sitting outside of the Country Cottage Assisted Living facility during a routine fire drill when her chair brakes failed and her … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Patients Advised to Consider Imaging and Symptoms Before Metal-on-Metal Hip Arthroplasty Revision Surgery

British researchers recommend that both imaging results and patient symptoms be reviewed when considering revision surgery to remove faulty metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty systems. While surgeons can use MRI and ultrasound equipment to detect metallosis in potential revision patients, the researchers … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Metal Hip Implants |

Class I recall issued on PEEK Ardis Inserter device used in spinal surgery; sales of accompanying system halted

Federal health regulators have issued their most serious warning about a medical device used during spinal surgery, the PEEK Ardis Inserter. According to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency has deemed a callback on the Zimmer … Continue reading

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Victory Pharma, Inc., Agrees to Pay $11.4 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations

Victory Pharma, Inc., has agreed to pay $11,420,743 to resolve federal civil and criminal liability arising from its marketing of Naprelan, Xodol, Fexmid, and Dolgic, the Justice Department just announced, citing a whistleblower case. The settlement resolves allegations that Victory, … Continue reading

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Toyota To Settle Unintended Acceleration Lawsuits

Toyota Motors just agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit concerning problems with unintended acceleration. The proposed settlement—one of the largest of its kind at $1 billion—was filed in a Federal District Court in California. The agreement is pending approval by … Continue reading

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