Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Yale’s Infuse® Bone Graft Study Expected in June

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A Yale University report concerning the bone graft product Infuse® is expected out next month. Device maker, Medtronic, commissioned Yale University researchers to conduct independent studies of its Infuse® bone graft products, allegedly in response to a June 2011 report … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse, Medtronic Infuse |

Blood Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug, MabThera, Linked to Severe Skin Reactions

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Roche Products Limited just issued a letter to healthcare providers in cooperation with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concerning the use of MabThera (rituximab) and severe skin reactions. According to Roche, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Januvia, Byetta, Other Diabetes Drugs Focus of Controversy

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Some popular and money making diabetes drugs are at the center of a conflict over disturbing research findings. Although Dr. Peter C. Butler declined to test its then-new diabetes medication, Januvia, he ultimately relented and, in 2008, observed that the … Continue reading

Posted in Byetta Cancer, Pharmaceuticals |

Supreme Court of New Jersey Centralizes Mirena® IUD Litigation

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The Supreme Court of New Jersey just reconsidered a prior decision and is centralizing all Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) litigation in Bergen County, New Jersey. This will enable the process to move more efficiently given that many of the plaintiffs … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Mirena IUD |

Study: Zyprexa, Other Antipsychotics, Associated with Increased Risks for Torsade de Pointes

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A recent study has found that some antipsychotic drugs were associated with increased risks for developing torsade de pointes (TdP), a type of abnormal heart rhythm, and other adverse events. Zyprexa was among the drugs studied. For their research, the … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

EPA Proposes Stricter Rules over Formaldehyde Exposure

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just proposed two rules to protect Americans from exposure to the harmful chemical, formaldehyde. The rules are consistent with a 2010 Federal law unanimously passed by Congress. The rules ensure that domestically produced or … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty to Federal Environmental Crimes, Civil Violations, to Pay More Than $81 Million

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Wal-Mart has admitted to violating criminal and civil laws meant to protect water quality and ensure proper handling of hazardous wastes and pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The retailer pleaded guilty to six counts of violating the Clean … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Experts Question Drugmakers’ Push to Treat Low Testosterone

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Drugmakers are lavishing millions of dollars on ads promoting the wonders of testosterone treatment, but they overhype the benefits and underplay the risks, according to Consumer Reports magazine. The print and television ads, primarily for two products, AndroGel and Axiron, … Continue reading

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Study: Pesticide Exposure Increases Risks for Parkinson’s Disease

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For not the first time, a study suggests a link between Parkinson’s disease and pesticide exposure. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative central nervous system disorder that typically affects motor skills and speech, among other functions and, while not fatal, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Paraquat, PCBs, Perchlorate, Toxic Substances |

Yale’s Medtronic Reporting Expected Next Month

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As the fallout from a conflict-of-interest scandal continues, drug maker Medtronic, announced in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report that the results from a long-awaited Yale review are expected to be published next month. Medtronic has been the focus of a … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse, Medtronic Infuse |

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