Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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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Study Links Asthma Medications to Increased Risk of Sleep Apnea

Inhaled corticosteroid medications used to treat asthma may increase the risk of sleep apnea, a new pilot study suggests. Dr. Mihaela Teodorescu, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison … Continue reading

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Jury Awards Michigan Woman $1.3 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

On February 18, Kathy Pagan, 43, of Jackson, Michigan, was awarded $1.3 million in a medical malpractice case arising from complications from her 2009 “tummy tuck” surgery. The jury found that Dr. Rouchdi Rifai, by failing to meet a standard … Continue reading

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General Motors Investigation of Ignition Defect Took Nearly 10 Years, Report Says

Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America, said Tuesday that the company’s nearly ten-year investigation of an ignition switch defect linked to 13 deaths, “was not as robust as it should have been.” About 1.4 million GM vehicles have … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

Advocacy Group Calls for Removal of Industrial Plastics Chemical from Hundreds of Foods

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The Environmental Working Group has called for the removal of  ADA, an industrial plastics chemical that is an additive in nearly 500 food products on store shelves in the United States. The chemical azodicarbonamide – ADA – is an ingredient … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Petco Sued by Family after 10-year Boy Dies from Infected Rat

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A California family is suing Petco after their 10-year old son Aidan Pankey died from an infection contracted through his pet rat. The family’s lawsuit alleges that Petco was negligent in failing to test the rat, and also says that … Continue reading

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Study: Camp Lejeune Military Personnel have Higher Risk of Death from Certain Cancers, Other Conditions

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Marines and Navy personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune had a higher risk of death from cancer and other serious conditions, according to a new retrospective study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances … Continue reading

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Pro-Fracking Exxon CEO Sues to Stop Fracking Near His $5M Ranch

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Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil Corp.’s chief executive office (CEO) is one of a group of people suing to block hydraulic fracturing—known as fracking—activities in their neighborhoods. The group also includes House Majority Leader, Dick Armey. Given that both men have long touted fracking, the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Toxic Substances |

Deadly Toll for Texas Onshore Oil- and Gas-Drilling Workers

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For many of the 100,000-plus workers in oil and gas exploration jobs, the Texas drilling boom has left a toll of death and devastating injuries. Between 2007 and 2012, 664 U.S. workers were killed in oil and gas fields, with … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Lawsuits Over Severe Diarrhea Filed Against Maker of Blood Pressure Drug Benicar

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Earlier this month, three lawsuits were filed against drug maker Daiichi Sankyo alleging that the company’s blood pressure drug Benicar (olmesartan) caused severe diarrhea and other  serious injuries to those taking the drug. Additional suits are expected to be filed … Continue reading

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Cheese Recall Issued Following Listeria-Linked Death

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A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has caused Delaware-based Roos Foods to recall sixteen varieties of cheese. According to Law360, seven people became ill in Maryland and one person died in California because of the tainted products. Roos Foods, a company that … Continue reading

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