Monthly Archives: August 2013

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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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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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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