Daily Archives: July 8, 2013

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below 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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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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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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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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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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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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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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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Increased Transparency in Medicine Coming

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When approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration in 2002, Medtronic’s bone graft product, InFuse, was seen as a medical breakthrough. InFuse eliminated the need to remove patient bone from the hip in spinal fusions and could, instead, use … Continue reading

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

Injured InFuse Users Working Toward Their Day in Court

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Hundreds of people allegedly injured following procedures involving Medtronic’s InFuse are utilizing a different legal approach. The arguments planned include that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in 2008 to physicians concerning “life-threatening complications” from unapproved … Continue reading

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

Female California Inmates Sterilized

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Hundreds of female inmates have been sterilized in California prisons, all without mandated state approval and despite that forced sterilizations have been banned since the 1970s. Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation apparently conducted tubal … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Malpractice |

Colorado Woman Files Lawsuit Alleging Severe Injuries from Bayer’s Mirena IUD

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A Colorado woman who claims she was seriously injured by a Bayer Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) that perforated her uterus has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. As described in the complaint, the plaintiff had a Mirena IUD inserted … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News, Mirena IUD |

Multi-state Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cheese

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On July 3, 2013, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company of Waterloo, Wisconsin voluntarily recalled its Les Frères, Petit Frère, and Petit Frère with Truffles cheeses due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The outbreak has so far caused five illnesses in … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Health Concerns, Listeria |

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