Monthly Archives: July 2013

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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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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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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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

Posted in Legal News |

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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