Monthly Archives: August 2013

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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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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