Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and 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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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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FDA Panel to Reevaluate Essure Birth Control Method

Medical experts will meet on Thursday to take a closer look at problems reported with the birth control implant Essure, including chronic pain, bleeding, headaches, and allergic reactions. On September 24, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Essure |

New Study Finds Public May Misunderstand FDA “Breakthrough” Designation for New Drugs

In a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should be cautious in using words like “breakthrough” and “promising” when making announcements about new drugs because the public may not understand … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Expands Warnings about Infection Risk from Medical Scopes

Federal regulators have expanded warnings about medical scopes that can spread infections among patients. Contaminated bronchoscopes pose a risk to patients. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was investigating reports that bronchoscopes are causing infections in patients even … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Eleven Ayurvedic Dietary Supplements Recalled for Excess Lead and Mercury

Butala Emporium, Inc. of Jackson Heights, New York has announced a voluntary recall of 11 Ayurvedic (dietary) supplements that were found to contain elevated lead and mercury levels. These elevated lead and mercury levels may cause health problems, particularly in … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Toxic Substances |

GM Announces Settlement and Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Faulty Ignition Switch Case

Yesterday, General Motors announced a $900 million criminal settlement ending the government’s investigation into faulty ignition switches in the Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion and other small GM cars. The settlement resolves more than half of the death and personal injury lawsuits … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

200,000 Recaro Car Seats Recalled

Nearly 200,000 car seats made by Recaro Child Safety are being recalled due to safety concerns. WCTI 12 reports that the top tether of the ProRide and the Performance Ride car seats can detach from the seat in the event … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Parker Waichman Lobbied in Congress Yesterday for Permanent Zadroga Act Extension

Parker Waichman was among the many who lobbied Congress to permanently extend the 2010 Zadroga Act and ensure first responders, survivors, and their families receive full benefits under the Act’s two programs. Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Legal News, Press Releases, Toxic Substances |

Two HeartMate Patients Die When Unable to Switch Power Source Soon Enough

On Monday, Thoratec Corporation sent an Urgent Medical Device Correction Letter to all hospitals with patients supported by the HeartMate II LVAS (left ventricular assist system). Two patients died when they were unable to switch from the devices’ primary controller … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

FDA Sets for New Prescribing and Monitoring Requirements for Schizophrenia Drug Clozapine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making changes to the requirements for prescribing, monitoring, dispensing, and receiving the schizophrenia medicine clozapine, to address safety concerns about a serious blood condition called severe neutropenia. Severe neutropenia is a dangerously … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Jon Stewart Joins Today’s Washington Rally for Permanent Extension of the Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act

Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart will rally today in Washington DC with 9/11 first responders and recovery workers, survivors and their families, physicians, and advocates to lobby Congress for a permanent extension and funding for the James Zadroga 9/11 … Continue reading

Posted in Asbestos, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances, Zadroga Act Claims |

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