Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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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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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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

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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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