Daily Archives: July 16, 2013

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Study: Hormone Treatment for Prostate Cancer Associated with Kidney Injury

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Men who are using androgen deprivation therapy may have a higher risk of kidney injury, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This type of hormonal therapy is used to treat an advanced, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Woman Wanders Out of Nursing Home Undetected, Dies in Ambulance

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In another case of alleged nursing home neglect, a woman who wandered out of her assisted living facility was found in a pool of blood in frigid temperatures. She died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Scores Sickened, Likely Due to Cyclosporiasis-Contaminated Fruit, Vegetables

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More than 100 people have been sickened with a lingering food borne illness, cyclosporiasis, in a multi-state outbreak that is believed to be related to contaminated fruit and vegetables. The cyclosporiasis outbreak sickened at least 71 people in Iowa and … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning |

Common Antibiotics Linked to Eye Damage Risk

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A year after a Canadian research study showed a connection between commonly prescribed antibiotics and blindness-inducing eye damage, patients and physicians still aren’t reporting these reactions to Health Canada. An article in the latest Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter suggests that … Continue reading

Posted in Cipro, Health Concerns, Levaquin, Pharmaceuticals |

Study: New Blood Thinners Associated with GI Bleed Risk

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Another study revealed issues related to new anti-coagulants, such as Pradaxa, including serious bleeds. The new study revealed that, based on a pooled analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) there was an increased risk of stomach bleeding in patients … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa |

Allegations of the Mirena IUD Causing Uterine Perforation Lead to Lawsuit

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The Mirena IUD, manufactured and marketed by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, is the focus of yet another personal injury lawsuit. This time, a New Mexico woman alleges that she suffered serious injuries as a result of being implanted with the birth … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Mirena IUD |

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