Monthly Archives: April 2015

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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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 ...

Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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$2.4 Billion Settlement Announced in Actos Bladder Cancer Cases

$2.4B Settlement Announced in Actos Bladder Cancer Cases

On Tuesday, Takeda Pharmaceuticals announced a settlement that could go as high as $2.7 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits from patients and their families who claim the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) caused their bladder cancer. The New York Times … Continue reading

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Study Finds Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Harmful Changes to Gut Bacteria

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Harmful Changes to Gut Bacteria

Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, are a popular option for those looking to add sweetness without the calories. They are used to flavor a wide variety of common products, from Diet Coke to toothpaste, but there are … Continue reading

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Consent Decree Requires Medtronic to Halt Sales of Implantable Drug Pumps

Decree Requires Medtronic to Halt Sales of Implantable Pumps

Despite years of warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medtronic Corp. failed to correct problems with its SynchroMed infusion drug pumps, and now the Justice Department has taken legal action to halt the sale of the pumps. At … Continue reading

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Former FDA Commissioner Says Agency Needs to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Former FDA Commissioner Says E-Cigarette Regulation Needed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing mounting pressure to regulate e-cigarettes after the federal government recently announced that use of the devices has tripled among young people within one year. Even though the agency has had the … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Loses Bid to Remove Punitive Damages Claim in Pelvic Mesh Case

Boston Scientific Loses Bid to Remove Punitive Damages Claim

Boston Scientific failed in its bid to remove punitive damages claims in a pelvic mesh lawsuit this month, Mass Device reports. This case is one out of 15,000 product liability lawsuits filed over the devices, which are used to treat … Continue reading

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Hair Analysis has been Flawed over Decades, FBI Says

Hair Analysis has been Flawed over Decades, FBI Says

The use of microscopic hair analysis as evidence against defendants was flawed for over two decades before 2000, the Justice Department and FBI admit. According to the Washington Post, the agencies admit that almost every examiner an elite FBI forensic … Continue reading

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Trampoline Parks: Jumpers Risk Injury

Trampoline Parks: Jumpers Risk Injury

Trampoline parks are increasingly popular places for family recreation and children’s parties, but state and federal inspections and regulations for the facilities are lacking, putting jumpers at risk for injury. Television station 13News Now (in Chesapeake, Virginia) investigated injuries at … Continue reading

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Jeni’s Ice Cream Recalled Due to Positive Listeria Test

Jeni’s Ice Cream Recalled Due to Positive Listeria Test

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio is recalling all of its frozen treats after a sample tested positive for listeria bacteria, Associated Press reports. The recall is similar to one recently issued by Blue Bell of Texas, whose ice cream … Continue reading

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Research Organization Claims Most Food Additives Have Not Been Properly Studied for Safety

Most Food Additives Have Not Been Properly Studied for Safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandate to protect public health includes assuring the safety of the food supply. But according to the agency’s own database, 93 percent of food additives do not have reproductive or developmental toxicity data. Many … Continue reading

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Medtronic Claims InFuse Injury Suits Preempted by Federal Law

Medtronic Claims InFuse Injury Suits Preempted by Federal Law

In an effort to avert lawsuits filed over injuries attributed to its InFuse bone growth device, device maker, Medtronic Inc., has tried to convince courts that the federal preemption clause of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act preempts the … Continue reading

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