Monthly Archives: June 2014

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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