Monthly Archives: March 2013

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

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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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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