Monthly Archives: May 2014

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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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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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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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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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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

DeflateGate’s-Effects-Impact-Legal-Gambling-and-the-Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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Consumer Advocates Seek Mandatory Safety Standards for Portable Bed Rails

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) has again called for mandatory standards for adult portable bed rails in long-term care settings. Last week the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 113,000 sets … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Possible Listeria Contamination Prompts Minced Crab Meat Recall

Rome Packing Co., Inc has issued a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand minced crab meat due to a possible Listeria contamination. The East Providence, RI-based company issued a news release on Wednesday stating that Listeria monocytogenes bacteria may be … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

MHRA Medical Device Alert: Medtronic Insulin Infusion Pump

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) just issued a Medical Device Alert on Medtronic Inc.’s Paradigm ambulatory insulin infusion pumps. The MHRA is a government agency in the United Kingdom that is responsible to ensure drugs and medical … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Medtronic Agrees to $9.9 Million Settlement in Physician Kickback Case

The Justice Department announced yesterday that Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $9.9 million to resolve allegations that the company made illegal payments to physicians to induce them to implant Medtronic pacemakers and defibrillators. Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Medtronic Defibrillators, Press Releases, Whistleblower |

St. Louis Jury Awards $175,000 to Former Police Crime Lab Scientist to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

A St. Louis jury just awarded a former police chemist $175,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought in 2011. The former police chemist alleged that she was terminated after she complained about drug testing errors at the city’s crime lab, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Whistleblower |

Pradaxa Maker Reaches $650 Million Settlement in State and Federal Litigation

Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that it had reached a $650 million settlement of state and federal cases involving the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran). Though the company says it “stands resolutely behind” Pradaxa and believes the claims in the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa |

Jury Orders Millburn, New Jersey, to Pay $455,000 to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Millburn, New Jersey, was just ordered by an Essex County jury to pay $455,000 to settle whistleblower retaliation claims that were brought by a former, now-retired, police sergeant. The former sergeant’s allegations include that township officials retaliated against him for … Continue reading

Posted in Employment Lawsuits, Legal News, Whistleblower |

Nursing Home Abuse Suspected in Michigan

Nursing home residents at Providence Christian Healthcare & Rehab in Zeeland, Michigan say that some staff members have been verbally and physically abusive. According to Wood TV8, state investigators said that nurse aides at the facility caused either “actual harm” … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Senator Raises Questions about Tire Safety, Recall System to DOT

A recent ABC News investigation showed that the federal government does not provide any way to search for tire’s safety history through its Tire Identification Number (TIN). Now, ABC reports that United States Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has followed up … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Cell Phone Use Linked to Brain Tumors, Study Suggests

A new study suggests growing evidence to support a suspected link between cell phone use and brain tumors. According to a study published this month, French researchers found that people who spend a lot of time on their cell phones … Continue reading

Posted in Cell Phones & Cancer, Cellular Phone, Health Concerns |

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