Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

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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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

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A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy. According to Medical News Today, these complications were so worrisome that the study period was ended early by … Continue reading

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

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Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk. A Harvard Medical School study of 5,583 girls age nine to 14 found those who drank more than … Continue reading

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The sleep medication Nytol and anti-allergy drug Benadryl are among the drugs highlighted in a warning from researchers. Each of these … Continue reading

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries. The devices were marketed to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, but thousands of women … Continue reading

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

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Valparaiso, Indiana-based pet food manufacturer, J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

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Xarelto Mass Tort Organized in Philadelphia

Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ordered the creation of a mass tort, transferring roughly 75 cases involving the blood thinner Xarelto to the court’s Complex Litigation Center. The lawsuits are filed against Johnson & Johnson … Continue reading

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A single-car accident on Long Island left one person dead and two more critically injured, Associated Press reports. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. Monday in Deer Park. Suffolk County Police have not yet determined the cause of the crash, … Continue reading

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Oil Spill into Yellowstone River Raises Concerns about Nation’s Aging Pipelines

Oil Spill into Yellowstone River Raises Concerns about Aging Pipelines

As a community downstream from the January 17 Poplar Pipeline oil spill into the Yellowstone River works to treat benzene contamination of its water supply, concerns are being raised about oversight of the nation’s aging pipeline network. Federal investigators and … Continue reading

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FDA-Approval Does Not Ensure Safety or Effectiveness of Drugs

FDA-Approval Does Not Ensure Safety/Effectiveness of Drugs

When a drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it may give some the impression that it is proven to be safe and effective for a certain condition. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, however, … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors. Hormonal contraceptives, which contain female sex hormones, are commonly prescribed in pill form. “The Pill” first … Continue reading

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