Monthly Archives: August 2013

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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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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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Pesticides Levels Threaten California Neighborhoods

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Very toxic pesticides have been detected in three high-risk communities in California by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The DPR detected high levels of the very toxic chlorpyrifos in about 30 percent of the air tests conducted at … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Paraquat, Toxic Substances |

First Federal Trial for DePuy Hip Implant Set for September

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The first federal trial over DePuy Orthopaedics’ metal-on-metal hip replacement device is scheduled to begin on September 9 in Cleveland. The DePuy ASR XL device is the subject of some 10,000 lawsuits nationwide. The case, brought by a Rochester, New … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy |

Source of Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Has Been the Subject of Multiple Outbreaks

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Taylor Farms, the vegetable producer under investigation for a salad mix tied to hundreds of illnesses in a 22-state food poisoning outbreak has also implemented a number of recalls over potentially tainted products. Just this year, Taylor Farms has implemented … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

New Tylenol Cap Meant to Minimize Fatal Tylenol Overdoses

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U.S. Tylenol bottles will soon bear a unique warning intended to alert people of the possibly deadly risks of taking too much of the drug’s main ingredient, acetaminophen. The red warnings will soon be found on the cap of every … Continue reading

Posted in Acetaminophen / Tylenol, Pharmaceuticals |

Kids Swallowing Multiple Magnets, Related Injury Reports, on the Rise

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Magnets and children have long been a dangerous combination with a growing number of kids ending up in emergency rooms (ER) after swallowing two or more of the dangerous products. New data reveals a sharp rise in ER visits associated … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Health Concerns |

da Vinci Uses Expanding Despite Mounting Controversy

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In the midst of growing controversy over its robotic surgical system, Intuitive Surgical continues to add functionality to its da Vinci robot. Ho-Sheng Lin, M.D., a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery … Continue reading

Posted in da Vinci Surgical Robot, Defective Medical Devices |

Another Lawsuit Filed Over Allegations that Actos is Tied to Bladder Cancer

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Another lawsuit has been filed against the makers of the Type 2 diabetes drug, Actos, over allegations that the medication caused the Oregon man to develop bladder cancer. The lawsuit also alleges that the drug makers were aware of the … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Medtronic’s InFuse Sales Soft for Second Quarter Over Safety Issues

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Revenues for the bone graft product, InFuse, were down for the second quarter, due to ongoing safety issues. Medtronic’s InFuse, has long been steeped in controversy, including a Senate probe, a warning issued by a federal regulator, accusations that Medtronic … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtronic Infuse |

New York Attorney General Files Fraud Charges Against Trump University

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has recently filed a civil lawsuit accusing Donald Trump and his profit-making investment “university” of engaging in “persistent fraudulent, illegal and deceptive conduct.” The civil lawsuit seeks restitution for people across the country who … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News |

Reports of Nursing Home Abuse, Neglect Continue to Rise

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Workers responsible for the care of the elderly say that their industry faces staffing challenges amid nursing home abuse and neglect claims. A new report, released by ABC’s Lateline, revealed a pattern of failure in a number of facilities, following … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse |

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