Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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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 ...
Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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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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Harness Problem Prompts Recall of More than 56,000 Child Safety Seats

The baby and child product company Evenflo has recalled more than 56,000 child safety seats because in one of its modes, the child can loosen the internal harness, and will not be properly secured in the seat, increasing the risk … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Blood Pressure Drugs May be Harmful for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

For some patients with type 2 diabetes, intense blood-pressure-lowering medication may do more harm than good, according to a new study published in the BMJ. Antihypertensive medication may raise the risk of cardiovascular death for some people with type 2 … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Testimony Continues in DePuy Pinnacle Bellwether Trial

A bellwether trial happening in the Northern District of Texas is focusing on injuries allegedly caused by the DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant. The outcome of this trial could affect many other pending Pinnacle lawsuits. The plaintiffs allege the … Continue reading

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

Increased Dementia Risk Linked to Heartburn Drugs Linked to Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors for Heartburn

New research suggests that the use of certain drugs for gastric reflux or peptic ulcers creates an increased risk for dementia in elderly patients. The class of drugs—proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)—includes Prevacid (lansoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Prilosec (omeprazole), HealthDay reports.

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Nexium, Pharmaceuticals, Proton Pump Inhibitors |

FDA Urges Hospitals to Stop Using Custom Ultrasonics Duodenoscope Cleaning Machines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken new steps in its efforts to deal with a series of superbug infections linked to the duodenoscope, a device used to examine the intestinal tract to diagnose and treat conditions including gallstones. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Duodenoscope, Health Concerns |

FDA Expected to Announce Results of Essure Investigation

A number of women are awaiting an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding Essure, a permanent birth control device sold by Bayer. The agency is expected to release the results of its investigation, which was launched … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Legislators and 9/11 First Responders Ring Closing Bell at Stock Exchange to Celebrate Reauthorization of Zadroga Act

On Monday, February 22, 2016, U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Dan Donovan joined 9/11 survivors and responders to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the reauthorization of the James Zadroga … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

CDC Warns of Greater Health Risks with Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring than Earlier Thought

Some types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators pose a greater risk of causing cancer or other health problems than previously announced, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said people who purchased Lumber Liquidators … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

$72 Million Verdict in Talcum-Powder Related Ovarian Cancer Death

A jury in St. Louis has awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other products containing talcum. This civil suit … Continue reading

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Jury Returns $72 Million Verdict against Johnson & Johnson in Talcum Powder Related Ovarian Cancer Death

A jury in St. Louis jury returned a $72 million dollar verdict on February 22, 2016 in the case of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. The jury found the cancer was caused by her use of talc-based products … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

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