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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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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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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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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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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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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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PSEG Taking Over for LIPA Following Superstorm Sandy

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Following the Superstorm Sandy debacle, in which tens of thousands of Long Islanders were stranded without power, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has been replaced by Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law … Continue reading

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Bagged Salads Culprit in Multi-State Cyclospora Food Poisoning Outbreak

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The ongoing multi-state cyclospora outbreak that has sickened hundreds is being blamed, in part, on bagged salads, officials say. A pre-packaged salad mix comprised of iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as red cabbage and carrots, appears to be contaminated … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning |

Research: Salmonella Resistant to Different Antibiotic Classes, Antibacterial Soaps

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The Salmonella pathogen is typically transferred to humans through contaminated food. In the United States, some 42,000 cases of salmonellosis—the infection caused by the Salmonella pathogen—are reported annually, with about 400 people dying from the contamination, according to the U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Salmonella |

Plaintiffs Involved in DePuy ASR Litigation Permitted to Add DePuy Pinnacle Claims

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Plaintiffs who have brought lawsuits over DePuy Orthopaedics’ ASR metal-on-metal hip implant may now also file claims over DePuy’s Pinnacle hip device, according to a recent judicial order. DePuy Orthopaedics is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The plaintiffs impacted … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Woman Alleges Bisphosphonates Led to “Dead Jaw”

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We’ve long been following risks associated with bisphosphonate (BP) drugs like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, which are approved to treat bone-weakening diseases like osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. Cancer patients also often undergo therapy with Aredia, Zometa, and other bisphosphonate drugs … Continue reading

Posted in Bisphosphonates, Pharmaceuticals |

Study: Children Choking on Food Not Uncommon

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A new study reveals that children choking on food is not that uncommon. Candy was the most common culprit; however, a wide array of foods present choking problems for kids. Every day for the past ten years, some 34 children … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products |

Texas Study: Water Pollution Near Fracking Sites

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A new study reveals water pollution near sites where natural gas production is taking place. The study, which was conducted by a research team from the University of Texas at Arlington, found high metal levels in drinking water supplies near … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Toxic Substances |

Rare Salmonella Strain Tied to Outbreak in Iowa

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A rare Salmonella strain has been detected in Iowa. The total reported cases of this particular strain of Salmonella has reached 26. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the 26 reported cases of salmonellosis—Salmonella poisoning—are fairly widespread and … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Ramen Noodle Price-Fixing Scam Went on for Years

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For ten years, four South Korean companies allegedly fixed the price of instant ramen and ramen-style noodles. According to the Plaza Company, a Koreatown market that runs the Plaza Market, the four defendants in a federal antitrust class action conspired … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Consumer Fraud |

Sports Supplement Designer has History of Producing Risky Products

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Sports supplement designer Matt Cahill, who has served a prison sentence for selling dangerous weight-loss pills, is now being investigated over the pre-workout supplement Craze, which contains a powerful and untested steroid. Cahill, through a series of different Internet companies, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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