Monthly Archives: August 2014

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Putting Cell Phone in Your Bra could Lead to Breast Cancer, Dr. Oz Warns

Dr. Mehmet Oz is warning against placing your cell phone in your bra, a habit that many women do out of convenience. “When it comes to cell phones, the bra has become the new purse,” Dr. Oz said on an episode … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Supreme Court Rejection of Pfizer RICO Case Appeal Could Unleash Cases

The US Supreme Court’s rejection of  an appeal from drug maker Pfizer, letting stand a First Circuit ruling that the drug company improperly marketed the epilepsy drug Neurontin to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, could unleash a flood of cases Pfizer … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Drug Maker, Teva, Recalls Parkinson’s Disease Medication as it may be “Super Potent”

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries just issued a recall of one lot of its generic Parkinson’s disease combination medication, carbidopa/levodopa, over it potentially containing too much of an active pharmaceutical ingredient. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries indicated that the recall, which has been deemed … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls |

Researchers Study Whether Chemicals in the Environment Increase the Risk of Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Buffalo will be studying how chemicals in the environment affect the risk of diabetes and metabolic conditions.  According to an article posted on the university’s website, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has awarded … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

FDA Issues Injunction Against BioAnue Laboratories

A federal court order demands that BioAnue Laboratories of Rochelle, Georgia stops illegally marketing its products as treatments for disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on its website. The court order, which was signed on July 23, … Continue reading

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Government Will Withhold Up to One Third of Payment Records in Launch of Physician Payment Database

For next month’s launch of the Open Payment database showing payments to physicians from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers, about one-third of the records will be withheld because of data inconsistencies. The release of payment information – intended to … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Court’s Discovery Order in C.R. Bard Litigation Expected to Streamline Litigation Process

The court overseeing the C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh litigation has put new discovery rules in place that are expected to streamline the discovery process in this litigation. The discovery procedures will specifically impact Collection and Preservation of Evidence in a … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

DEA Announces Stricter Classification for Hydrocodone Combination Painkillers

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced the reclassification of hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II under federal law. Schedule II drugs are substances known to be dangerous, prone to abuse, or could lead to severe psychological … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

CDC Whistleblower Exposes Data Manipulation in Vaccine and Autism Study

According to a study by Focus Autism Foundation, a whistleblower revealed the manipulation of scientific data in a 2004 study on autism and age of vaccination with  the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. A research scientist working for the Centers … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Cymbalta Plaintiffs Seek to Have 28 Suits Centralized in a Multidistrict Litigation

The plaintiffs in 28 lawsuits over the antidepressant drug Cymbalta have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize the actions in California (In Re: Cymbalta Products Liability Litigation). The plaintiffs allege that drug maker Eli Lilly … Continue reading

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