Monthly Archives: July 2013

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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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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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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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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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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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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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