Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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