Monthly Archives: April 2013

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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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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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Cause Still Unknown Two Weeks Later

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A recent fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas killed 14 people, destroyed a nursing home and two schools, and left a 93-foot wide by 10-food deep crater. Some 200 people were injured and nearby residents were forced … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Widow’s Lawsuit Alleges da Vinci Robotic Surgery Quickened Husband’s Death

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A lawsuit alleges that a patient’s death was quickened due to a robotic-assisted prostate operation. The surgical robot—the da Vinci—is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. According to physician testimony, the complications and stress from the long surgery, brought about the … Continue reading

Posted in da Vinci Surgical Robot, Defective Medical Devices |

Norovirus Likely Cause of Growing Hilton Westchester Outbreak

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The number of those sickened with a gastrointestinal illness at New York’s Hilton Westchester last week has risen into the hundreds. The Westchester County Department of Health said that early indications point to norovirus, according to LoHud.com. The cause of … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Norovirus |

Florida Legislation to Limit Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes Draws Criticism

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Families of Florida nursing home patients and advocates for the elderly are fighting legislation that would make it harder to sue nursing homes for abuse and neglect. The bill cleared its last stop on Monday, the Miami Herald reported, approved … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Actos Bladder Cancer Risks Center of Studies, Thousands of Injury Lawsuits

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According to The American Cancer Society, some 72,570 new cases of bladder cancer will be seen in the United States this year and 15,210 people will die from bladder cancer this year. Most of these patients will be Caucasian, male, … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Pharmaceuticals |

Drug Maker, Novartis, Accused Again of Kickback Schemes

We have long noted that the financial relationships between the drug and the health care industries have led to enormous controversy. Critics maintain that such relationships create conflicts of interest and could unduly influence everything from research findings to prescribing … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals, Tekturna |

Charter Bus Accident Injures Queens Students in Ohio

A charter bus that crashed in Columbus, Ohio this weekend was filled with a school group traveling from St. Louis to Queens, New York. The bus was carrying 16 students and three adult supervisors from the William Cullen Bryant High … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Legal News |

FDA: Seizure Drug, Potiga, Associated with Vision Loss, Blue Skin

Anti-seizure medication, Potiga, co-marketed by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, may lead to optical and skin problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said. Potiga, which was developed by Valeant, may cause skin to turn blue around the … Continue reading

Posted in Depakote, Pharmaceuticals |

Study: Just One Daily Soda Increases Risks for Diabetes

A new study has found that just one regular soda consumed daily presents significant risks for developing diabetes. The study was conducted by researchers at Imperial College London and involved a review of data from 350,000 adults in 18 European … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Takeda Pharmaceutical Loses First Actos Trial

A California jury has found that Takeda Pharmaceutical should pay $6.5 million to a California man for failing to warn doctors and consumers that Actos (pioglitazone), a diabetes drug, could cause bladder cancer. This case is the first of more … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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