Monthly Archives: January 2013

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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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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 Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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 Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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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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Toyota recalls a million more vehicles, Corolla and Lexus IS sport sedans included

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced its latest safety recall, including more than 750,000 of its Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix models because an air bag defect could cause injuries to motorists. According to a Los Angeles Times report, Toyota’s latest … Continue reading

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Despite Assurances that the DePuy ASR Was Performing Well, Internal Documents Tell a Different Story

Metal-on-metal hip implant devices were created for greater durability and longevity, with the intention that they would be far superior over their more traditional counterparts that are constructed with plastic or ceramic components. In recent years, the metal devices have … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Mirena® IUD Caused Ectopic Pregnancy, Other Complications, Lawsuit Charges

A Minnesota woman who received a Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) in 2006 has filed a lawsuit alleging that the device was responsible for her ectopic pregnancy and other complications. The Mirena®, a hormonal IUD, works by releasing the hormone levonorgestrel … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News, Mirena IUD |

DePuy President Deposition Released to Jurors in First of Some 10,000 Cases

Yesterday, jurors watched previously taped video from a deposition taken of the president of DePuy Orthopaedics concerning its failed ASR metal-on-metal hip device. Throughout the previously taped deposition, Andrew Ekdahl maintained that 93,000 DePuy ASR hip devices were recalled not … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

DePuy Trial Over Recalled ASR Hip Device Continues, DePuy President Questioned

Today, jurors heard from the president of beleaguered device maker, DePuy Orthopaedics, via previously taped deposition in a trial over its ASR metal-on-metal hip device. This is the first of 10,000 other cases filed against DePuy, a unit of health … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Boeing 787 Lithium-ion Batteries Replaced 10 Times Before Overheating Incidents

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just reported that it asked Boeing Co. to provide a full operating history of lithium-ion batteries used in its grounded 787 Dreamliner planes.   Japan’s All Nippon Airways revealed it had repeatedly replaced … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products |

Initial 15 Awards Paid From 9/11 Health Fund

The federal fund created to compensate those sickened by the September 11 terrorist attacks just released initial rewards to 15 first responders. Although the names of the responders were not released, The New York Times noted that 14 are firefighters … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Zadroga Act Claims |

FDA warns Florida company over bogus GermBullet flu remedy

Federal health officials are warning this week about a bogus flu remedy available to consumers and have sent notification to the company responsible for it that it is in violation of the law. According to an AP report, the Food … Continue reading

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SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Cardiac Risks

We have long written about SSRI—selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors—antidepressants, medications that block the re-absorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the brain to boost mood. Now, emerging research reveals that some SSRIs pose cardiac risks. Research conducted by UK’s Medicines … Continue reading

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Elder Abuse on the Rise

According to statistics and surveys, as many as 2 million seniors are abused, exploited, or neglected every year, in their own homes and in care facilities. Experts say there could be many more. Research indicates that one in 10 seniors … Continue reading

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