Monthly Archives: March 2013

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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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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Ford Faces Class Action Over Unintended Acceleration Issues

A class action lawsuit has been brought against the Ford Motor Co. in West Virginia federal court over alleged defects that caused unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The lawsuit alleges that Ford vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2010 are equipped … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

PCBs at Whirlpool Park Prompts Legal Action

Whirlpool Corporation and the current and former owners of the Whirlpool Park in Clyde, Ohio, are accused of alleged PCB contamination. A number of people who lived in and near Clyde have fallen ill and died since the mid-1990s from … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, PCBs |

Doctor Testifies That Actos Was The “Most Substantial” in Man’s Cancer

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s Actos (pioglitazone), is being blamed for a man’s terminal bladder cancer, according to the man’s physician. In the first product liability trial of its kind, said Law360, the Type 2 diabetes drug, Actos, was found to be … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Pharmaceuticals |

Rotting House Trim Leads to Lawsuit Against Georgia-Pacific

A proposed class action was just filed in Florida federal court and brought against Georgia-Pacific LLC (GP) over its PrimeTrim home exterior trim. The lawsuit alleges marketing for the PrimeTrim home exterior trim was deceptive, said Law360. Georgia-Pacific touted its … Continue reading

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

Tainted Wells Point to Long-Standing Pesticide Issues

In one neighborhood, residents have been drinking and bathing in tainted water for years and, now, water line options are under consideration. The water lines were a consideration for 2015; however, the city of Hendersonville finds that it must move … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Class I Recall Issued for Vascular Solutions Inc. Guardian II and Guardian II NC Hemostasis Valves

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a Class I recall of Vascular Solutions Inc.’s Guardian II and Guardian II NC Hemostasis Valves. Vascular Solutions initiated the recall due to the risk that air might be introduced into … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Ruling: Intuitive Must Face Claims it Marketed Surgical Robot without Adequate Training

A Washington State court has denied Intuitive Surgical’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit involving its da Vinci surgical robot system. Intuitive Surgical now must face claims that it marketed the da Vinci to physicians without providing appropriate training, according to … Continue reading

Posted in da Vinci Surgical Robot, Defective Medical Devices |

Bugaboo Cameleon3 Strollers Recalled Over Fall Hazard

Over 10,000 Bugaboo Chameleon3 Strollers have been recalled due to a fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. According to the Commission, a carrying handle on the Bugaboo stroller can break and detach, which poses a … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News |

Key Environmental Group Scientist Praises FDA’s BPA Research

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists were in attendance at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston earlier this year to discuss a collaboration with the National Toxicology Program on bisphenol A (BPA). As we’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Regulator Warns of Potential Fraud in Physician-Owned Distributorships

Physician-Owned Distributorship, or PODS, have been established in least 20 states, and, now, a government watchdog group is alerting the public about fraud risks with these types of entities. The Office of Inspector General just issued a warning about fraud … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

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