Monthly Archives: January 2016

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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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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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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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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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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Newest Expert Testifies in DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Bellwether Trial

Five of the DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle hip injury device lawsuits, which were among the cases consolidated in the Northern District of Texas litigation, are being tried in one bellwether trial. The claims in the five cases are representative of the … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy |

Class I Recall Issued for Thornhill MOVES Ventilator System

A recall issued by Thornhill Research over its MOVES Ventilator System has been designated as Class I by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall; the label indicates that exposure … Continue reading

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Study Looks at Malpractice Claims against Physicians

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) examines the characteristics of doctors who are prone to malpractice claims. Researchers looked at 66,426 malpractice claims paid against 54,099 physicians from 2005 to 2014. Data was obtained using … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Judge Denies GlaxoSmithKline Motion to Dismiss Birth Defect Claims in Zofran Litigation

On January 22, 2016, a federal judge in Massachusetts denied GlaxoSmithKline’s motion to dismiss all claims in multidistrict litigation alleging that the drug company’s off-label promotion of its anti-nausea drug Zofran (ondansetron) for morning sickness led to birth defects. U.S. District … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Defects, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Bellwether DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Trial Underway in Texas

The outcome of a trial underway in federal court in Texas could affect the injury claims of thousands of people implanted with the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement device. Five plaintiffs who have DePuy metal-on-metal hips, manufactured by the Johnson … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Health Concerns, Metal Hip Implants |

Study Shows IVC Filter Retrieval in Children May be Challenging

Research studies have reported increases in the rate of venous thromboembolism (obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot dislodged from elsewhere) in children and doctors have implanted inferior vena cava (IVC) filters to prevent clots from being carried … Continue reading

Posted in Bard IVC Filter Injuries, Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

St. Jude Medical Recalls Defibrillator Coils that May not Deliver Needed Electric Shocks

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St. Jude Medical has announced the recall of the Optisure Dual Coil Defibrillation Leads because a manufacturing error may have damaged the insulation layer of one of the shock coils. This could prevent the defibrillator from delivering appropriate electrical therapy … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, St. Jude Defibrillators |

DePuy Hip Implant Complications May be Due to Wrong Sizes, British Lawsuit Alleges

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A lawsuit filed in the United Kingdom alleges that faulty measuring may have caused complications in patients receiving the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant, Tech Times reports. The case, which was filed at the High Court, showed that DePuy Synthes … Continue reading

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Illinois Nursing Home Employee Charged in Plot to Film Sexual Assaults on Patients

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On January 20, 2016, an Illinois nursing home employee pleaded not guilty to six counts of soliciting to commit sexual assault. Investigators say Channing Butler tried to pay other men to have sex with patients in a memory care facility … Continue reading

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Dole Fresh Vegetables Withdraws Salads from Plant Likely the Source of Listeria Outbreak

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., has temporarily suspended operations at its Springfield, Ohio production facility, and is voluntarily withdrawing from the market all Dole-brand and private label packaged salads processed at that location because packaged salads from the facility have been … Continue reading

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

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