Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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National Law Firm, Parker Waichman LLP, Seeks Increased Transparency and Ethics from Medical Device Makers This Year

In 2015, Parker Waichman LLP hopes for increased testing, safety, and efficacy in the processes and marketing used by the medical device industry so consumers may be assured of receiving safe, effective devices that underwent upright development, research, and promotion. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

National Law Firm, Parker Waichman LLP, Seeks Increased Transparency and Ethics from the Pharmaceutical Industry in the New Year

In the new year, Parker Waichman LLP, hopes for increased testing, safety, and efficacy in the processes and promotions used by Big Pharma so that consumers may be confident that they are receiving safe and effective medications that were ethically … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Increased Risk of Lymphopenia with MS Drug Gilenya, Studies Suggest

Research suggests that taking Gilenya (fingolimod), a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis, can increase the risk of lymphopenia in underweight women. According to EmaxHealth, this increased risk is also observed in individuals who have low lymphocyte levels before beginning … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Driver Killed in Wrong-Way Crash in Upstate New York

A driver was fatally injured after crashing into a vehicle while driving the wrong way on an upstate New York road, state police say. Police say the accident happened when 24-year-old Nicholas Kay of Montgomery drove east in the westbound … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Bus Manufacturer Navistar Hit with $7.7 Million Asbestos Verdict

A Syracuse, New York, jury has returned a $7.7 million verdict in a wrongful death suit brought against bus manufacturer Navistar International Corp. by the widow of a school bus driver who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos … Continue reading

Posted in Asbestos, Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Stryker Bone Medical Devices Can Go Forward

Last week, a Louisiana federal judge on Monday kept alive most of a suit claiming that Stryker Corp. promoted the off-label combined use of two medical devices despite knowing the high risk of side effects. U.S. District Judge Brian A. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Probe into Alleged Foreign Bribes at Biomet May Impact $13 Billion Merger‏ Deal

In one of the largest mergers this year, Goldman Sachs, along with some large private equity firms, agreed to sell one medical device manufacturer for another. Medical device company Biomet is being sold to rival Zimmer Holdings; however, Biomet is … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Legal News |

Keurig Recalls Millions of Coffee Makers in the U.S. and Canada

Coffee and coffee device maker, Keurig Green Mountain, just issued a massive recall of its Mini Plus Brewing systems in the United States and Canada. The recall involves approximately 6.6 million of the Mini Plus Brewing systems in the United … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Product Recalls |

Four Deaths, Two Dozen Illnesses Linked to Prepackaged Caramel Apples

Four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses have prompted health officials to warn consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples, which may be contaminated with listeria. Caramel apples are most widely available around Halloween, and the outbreak started in mid-October. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Health Concerns, Listeria |

Judge Refuses to Throw Out Graco Car Seat Class Action Suit

A California federal judge refused to throw out a proposed class action over allegedly defective buckles in Graco car seats. In the ruling, the judge said the company’s recall and offer of a refund do not prevent plaintiffs from pursuing … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Defective Products, Product Recalls |

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