Monthly Archives: February 2013

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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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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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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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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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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

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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

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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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