Monthly Archives: February 2013

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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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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DePuy’s latest defense: Infections, not a defective implant, led to revision surgery

The complications suffered by the retired Montana prison guard who claims his DePuy Orthopaedics ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was defective were not caused by the device but from an infection he had in his hip as well as other prior … Continue reading

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Arkansas Woman Files Lawsuit Over Uterine Perforation by Mirena® IUD

An Arkansas woman who suffered serious and permanent injuries when her Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) perforated her uterus has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the device’s manufacturer. The plaintiff received her Mirena® IUD in 2007. A follow-up exam … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Mirena IUD |

Parker Waichman LLP Recounts Latest DePuy ASR Trial Developments

Although Johnson & Johnson alleges that injuries in the first of some 10,000 lawsuits brought over the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR metal-on-metal hip implant device are not related the device’s design, emerging trial evidence is presenting a different picture. After acknowledging … Continue reading

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

Lenovo IdeaPads Don’t Deliver, Say Consumers

Touted as having “the innovative features to do it all,” the Lenovo U310 and U410 IdeaPad devices have been disappointing consumers. And, now, a potential class action lawsuit is being considered on behalf of consumers who purchased the Lenovo IdeaPad … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Consumer Fraud, Defective Products |

Punitive Damages Sought in Johnson & Johnson Ethicon Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Injury Case

Jury deliberations are underway in a case brought against health care products giant, Johnson & Johnson, over one of its Ethicon units’ transvaginal mesh device products. The plaintiff, Linda Gross, 47, is a nurse from South Dakota who was just … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

FDA Halts Thyroid Drug Study After Patient Death

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has halted Amgen Inc.’s study of its thyroid drug Sensipar (cinacalcet) in children after the death of a 14-year-old patient in a clinical trial. The FDA said that, at this … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

JAMA Study: Januvia, Byetta Double Risks for Pancreatitis

Prior research revealed that Januvia (sitagliptin) and Byetta (exenatide), prescribed for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, have been associated with reports of increased risks for pancreatic and thyroid cancers. Now, a new study finds that the drugs may double … Continue reading

Posted in Byetta Cancer, Pharmaceuticals |

Some of the Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians are on Long Island

An emerging report reveals that Long Island is home to some of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians with a number of its roads linked to high numbers of pedestrian deaths. The analysis, conducted by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, found … Continue reading

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Nationwide Recall of Omontys® Following Reports of Severe Allegic Reactions, Some Fatal

Affymax, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited have announced a voluntary recall of Omontys® (peginesatide), a drug used to treat anemia in kidney dialysis patients, as a result of new reports of serious and sometimes fatal hypersensitivity reactions. The companies … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

Expert Johnson & Johnson Witness Miscalculated in Testimony Over DePuy ASR

As the first of some 10,000 lawsuits brought against Johnson & Johnson continues, the issue over the way in which the now-recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip device was implanted in patients is making headlines. An expert witness for Johnson & … Continue reading

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