Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

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