Monthly Archives: November 2013

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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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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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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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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Be Careful When Shopping for Toys This Holiday Season

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Consumer experts warn shoppers to be aware this holiday season of dangerous toys that are still on store shelves and which are putting children at risk of injury. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found that hazardous toys are … Continue reading

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

FDA Deems Hospira Recall of its GemStar Infusion System a Class I

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a Class I recall of Hospira Inc.’s GemStar Infusion System, over a pressure sensor calibration drift. The FDA’s Class I recall designation means that the situation is one in which there … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products |

FDA Reviewing Efficacy of “Morning After Pill” in Women Weighing Over 165 Pounds

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United States health regulators just announced that they are reviewing the efficacy of Plan B emergency contraceptive pills as they may not offer the same benefits in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. In the U.S., the Plan B … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

LG TVs Spying on Consumers

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Recently, the maker of LG Electronics’ Smart TV admitted to collecting information on consumers’ viewing habits, apparently without consumer knowledge. LG’s new line of Smart TVs collect viewer data to customize the advertising seen on their screens, according to Law … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

Mental Health Risks Tied to Steroid Injections Meant to Stop Premature Birth

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A new study reveals that steroid injections used to prevent premature birth might increase future risks of behavioral and emotional problems in the developing children. Expectant mothers who might give birth prematurely are often treated with an infusion of glucocorticoids. … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Orders Genetic Testing Firm to Cease DNA Analysis Service Sales

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has demanded 23andMe, a DNA testing service, to immediately stop selling and marketing its services until the agency gives the firm clearance to do so. The FDA is seeking to stop the sales … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Issues Drug Safety Statement Over Meridian Medical Technologies Auto-Injectors

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that it has been made aware of a supply disruption of auto injectors for Atropen (atropine),
DuoDote (atropine/pralidoxime chloride),
morphine sulfate,
pralidoxime chloride, and 
diazepam. The auto injectors involved are manufactured by Meridian Medical … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Diabetes Drug-Pancreatitis Link Supported in Another Study

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Another study has made a connection between Type 2 diabetes drugs known as incretin mimetics and increased rates of developing pancreatitis, a known precursor to pancreatic cancer. Incretin mimetics, are GLP-1-based diabetes therapies and include Byetta and Bydureon (exenatide); Victoza … Continue reading

Posted in Byetta Cancer, Pharmaceuticals |

Amgen’s Aranesp Claims Get FDA Attention for Overstating Benefits, Minimizing Risks

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just wrote to drug maker, Amgen Inc., about misleading marketing claims concerning its anemia drug, Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa). The letter, not quite as serious as an agency warning letter, scolded the drug maker … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Cameras Catching Nursing Home Abuse Lead to Controversy

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Nursing home abuse is among the most devastating of horrors targeting our older, vulnerable loved ones. Recently, a case in which a small camera—meant to catch a petty thief—caught a loved one being abused and taunted, increasing awareness of both … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

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