Monthly Archives: September 2013

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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FDA Warns About Increased Death Risk With Tygacil By Pfizer

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Tygacil (tigecycline), an antibacterial manufactured by the drug maker Pfizer, increases the risk of death, whether used for approved uses or for purposes that are off-label, according to a warning just issued by the U.S. food and Drug Administration (FDA). … Continue reading

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Medtronic Issued Warning Letter Over Its Diabetes Facility

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Device maker, Medtronic Inc., was just issued a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning its Northridge, California diabetes facility. The letter was received on September 19 and discussed procedures involving “corrective and preventative action, complaint … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse |

Hawaii Liver Failure Cluster may be Tied to Weight Loss/Body Building Supplement

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The state of Hawaii is looking into a number of liver failure cases that have occurred in young, healthy adults who all took dietary or nutritional supplements. The state is issuing a public medical alert, according to KHON.com. “A cluster … Continue reading

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Sulfonylurea Use Increases Mortality Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

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New study results show that first-line therapy with sulfonylureas significantly increases the risk for death in patients with Type 2 diabetes compared to treatment with metformin. The combination of metformin and a sulfonylurea was also associated with a significantly increased … Continue reading

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Cardiac Stent Overuse Tied to Increased Deaths

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The issue of cardiac stenting has highlighted potential overuse of the devices that may lead to cardiac complications. Cardiac stenting involves propping open a narrowed coronary artery with a small, metal mesh tube. During emergency surgery, for instance, when a … Continue reading

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Baby Sunscreen Recalled Over Contamination Concerns

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W.S. Badger Co. Inc. just issued a recall of all lots of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion, over concerns the products have been contaminated with microbials, according … Continue reading

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Actos Maker, Takeda, Hid Drug’s Risks from Patients, Doctors

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Another Actos lawsuit alleges that Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., the maker of the Type 2 diabetes drug, put profits before patient safety and “duped” patients. The lawsuit states that Takeda should be held liable in the cancer death of a former … Continue reading

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Study Finds Pradaxa Risky for Patients Implanted with Artificial Heart Valves

Pradaxa has been tied to more serious adverse reactions, according to a new study on Behringer Ingelheim’s blood thinner. The research revealed that when Pradaxa (dabigatran) is taken by patients with mechanical heart valves, there is an increase in risks … Continue reading

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Stryker, Medtronic Lose Preemption Bid in Lawsuit Involving Alleged Off-Label Bone Product Use

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A preemption bid made by device makers Medtronic and Stryker to dismiss a lawsuit filed over their bone protein products has been rejected. A California state court ruled that federal law does not preempt the case from proceeding, according to … Continue reading

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Heart Medicine Digoxin Leads to Higher Death Rates in Patients

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An article published online recently in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found a 72 percent increase in death in heart failure patients treated with Lanoxin (digoxin) compared to those who had never taken the drug. Digoxin is used … Continue reading

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