Monthly Archives: May 2014

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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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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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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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