Monthly Archives: March 2014

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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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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Memo Reveals Federal Regulators Knew About GM Ignition Switch Flaw But Did Not Act

On Sunday, a House subcommittee released a memo that reveals the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided not to open an inquiry into the ignition switch problem in a number of General Motors cars although their 2007 investigation showed … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Earthquakes Linked to Fracking Wastewater Disposal Push States to Collaborate

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a hotly debated process that uses large volumes of water and a slew of chemicals to extract natural gas from rock formations. This process is concerning for researchers and residents who live near drilling sites … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Vitamin Shoppe Faces Class Action Over Enzyme Claims

A recently filed class action suit against Vitamin Shoppe Inc. claims the company falsely advertises the efficacy of its dietary supplements in the absorption and digestion of protein. The case, Junior Hermida v. Vitamin Shoppe Inc., case number 2:14-cv-172, in … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Defective Products, Legal News |

Blood-Glucose Monitor Maker Dexcom Receives FDA Warning Letter

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the medical device maker Dexcom both released the text of a warning letter the FDA sent Dexcom earlier this month over incidents involving the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitoring System … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Consumer Group Wants Attorney General to Probe Destroyed Docs in J&J Pelvic Mesh Litigation

Corporate Action Network, a consumer advocacy group that is “founded to address the imbalance of power between corporations and people,” says that U.S. attorney general Eric Holder Jr. should investigate the destroyed documents in the J&J transvaginal mesh litigation. Previously, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Weight-Loss Drug Alli Over Tampering Concern

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling all supplies of its over-the-counter weight-loss drug Alli (orlistat) in the United States and Puerto Rico after customers reported finding other pills and capsules in some bottles. News of the tampering emerged on Wednesday. GSK received inquiries … Continue reading

Posted in Alli / Xenical, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

One in 25 Hospital Patients Catches Infection During Stay, CDC Reports Show

Two new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that one in 25 hospital patients catches a hospital-related infection during their stay. The CDC reports released on Wednesday point to a national crisis: more than 700,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Recalled Walmart Dolls Pose Burn Risk

Walmart is recalling its My Sweet Love and My Sweet Cuddle Care Baby Dolls due to a burn risk, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on its website. The hazard comes from the circuit board in the chest of … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Air Bag Defect Found in Nissan Vehicles, 1 Million Cars Recalled

Nearly 1 million Nissan cars were recalled due to a software issue that might prevent the passenger-side air bag from deploying in the event of a collision. USA Today reports that 989,701 Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles were affected by … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

EU Scientific Panel to Investigate Safety of Pelvic Mesh Devices

The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has been charged with investigating the safety of pelvic mesh products. In the United States, these implantable devices are the subject of tens of thousands of product … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

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