Monthly Archives: November 2013

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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

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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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