Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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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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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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