Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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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

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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

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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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