Monthly Archives: April 2014

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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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

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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HeartWare’s Ventricular Assist System Recall gets Highest-Risk Class I Label

HeartWare International’s recall of their Ventricular Assist System, also known as the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) has been classified as Class I by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Class I designation is the agency’s most serious … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Suspends Sale of Device Used in Fibroid Surgery Over Cancer Risk

Johnson & Johnson has suspended sales worldwide of the power morcellator, a device used in uterine fibroid surgery, amid concerns over its potential to spread undetected cancer beyond the uterus. The company is suspending the sale of these devices until … Continue reading

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Doctor Says Studies of ‘Low T’ Testosterone Treatment are Urgently Needed

Many men are being treated with testosterone when there is not enough information about its risks, says a doctor in a letter to The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal. Dr. Stephanie Page, an endocrinologist at the University of Washington and … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Safety Alert Regarding Safety of Extra Strength Acetaminophen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement regarding the safety of extra strength acetaminophen in combination prescription medications. According to the agency’s safety alert, dated January 14th, health care professionals should stop prescribing and dispensing prescription drug … Continue reading

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FDA Proposes Reclassification of Transvaginal Mesh Devices to High-Risk Category

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two proposed orders for the reclassification of transvaginal mesh devices used for repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If these orders are finalized, surgical mesh devices implanted to treat POP would … Continue reading

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Mylan wants Rights to Market Generic Celebrex, Sues FDA

Mylan Inc. is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over a ruling about rights to exclusively market a generic version of Celebrex (celecoxib). Pittsburgh Business Times reports that, according to Myland, the FDA would only permit exclusive 180-day … Continue reading

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FDA to Convene Panel on Smoking Cessation Drug, Chantix, Over Psychiatric, Behavioral Side Effect Risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it plans to review Chantix, the smoking cessation drug, to determine if its quit smoking benefits exceed its psychiatric and behavioral risks, Approved in 2006, Chantix received the U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Firms Touting Bogus Autism Cures

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) national health fraud coordinator, Gary Coody, R.Ph. says that the agency has warned various firms that they face potential legal action should they continue to issue false or misleading claims concerning products and … Continue reading

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Judge May Punish Lawyers for Misconduct in Actos Trial

Las Vegas district judge Kerry Earley is considering a request to punish lawyers for misconduct during a civil trial over the cancer risks associated with Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ diabetes drug Actos. On Thursday, Judge Earley heard arguments from an attorney representing … Continue reading

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Another Motion to Remand Granted in Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit

Another motion to remand has been granted in a Medtronic InFuse case, bringing the lawsuit back to the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. InFuse is a type of artificial bone graft that uses a genetically engineered, synthetic, … Continue reading

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