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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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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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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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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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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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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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