Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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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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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Migraine Surgery May Not Be An Effective Migraine Reliever

Surgery to cure migraines has been popularly touted as a possible, so-called, “cure,” for the incapacitating headaches; however, researchers say that there is insufficient evidence to support the claims. A review of two studies conducted on migraine trigger “deactivation” surgery … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

One-Third of Total Knee Replacements in US are ‘Inappropriate’, Study Finds

There are more than 600,000 knee replacements performed each year in the United States, according to figures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Medical News Today reports that this surgery has become more common in the past 15 … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

GM Fund for Families of Victims of Defective Switch Will Not Be Capped

The families of people who died in crashes associated with a defective ignition switch in General Motors (GM) cars are entitled to at least $1 million each. The $1 million is in place as a starting point for every death … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

General Motors CEO Said More Recalls Possible

On Thursday, General Motors chief executive Mary Barra said her company may recall more cars as GM deals with a series of safety problems that have resulted in the recall of 20 million cars, including small cars with defective ignition … Continue reading

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

Four Indicted In Massive Nursing Home Scam

In another case involving allegations against a nursing home, including of abuse, four individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of racketeering and healthcare fraud. The four were indicted on multiple felony charges involving the operation … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Medtronic Preemption Request Denied

A recent Supreme Court decision may put an end to Medtronic, Inc., and other device makers, from using the legal strategy of preemption in their litigation. Medtronic has long sought to have courts nationwide ensure that it is not sued … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Athletes Speak Up about Traumatic Brain Injuries

In recent years, there has been increasing awareness about the risk and consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), especially in young athletes. CBS News reports that now, two former professional athletes have brought even more awareness to the issue by … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk

Rsearch published this week in Environmental Health Perspectives supports the theory that agricultural pesticide exposure during pregnancy may increase the risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at the medical records of 970 … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Defects, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

FDA: Some OTC Topical Acne Treatments May Cause Serious Reactions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a Drug Safety Communication concerning over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne treatment products that may cause rare, but very serious, even deadly, hypersensitivity reactions The products are sold under a variety of brand … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Announces Recall of Generic Versions of Heart Drug Toprol XL

Just a few months after one generic version of a popular extended-release blood pressure medication was recalled, a lot of metoprolol succinate from another manufacturer was recalled for the same reason:  the drug did not dissolve properly. The recalled drugs, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

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