Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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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$11.1 Million Damage Award in Pelvic Mesh Case Upheld by New Jersey Appeals Panel

A New Jersey state appeals court has upheld an $11.1 million damages verdict against Ethicon Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, in the first bellwether trial over allegedly harmful pelvic mesh implants. On March 29, the three-judge panel said … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Sees Surge in Man-Made Earthquakes

According to an assessment released by the United States Geological Survey, oil and gas drilling operations have made parts of Oklahoma just as earthquake-prone as the highest risk areas in California. The rising number of earthquakes in Oklahoma coincides with … Continue reading

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Best Bentonite Clay Contains High Levels of Lead, FDA Warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned about the risk of lead poisoning with another Bentonite Clay product. In an alert posted last Wednesday, the agency said elevated lead levels were found in “Best Bentonite Clay” made by … Continue reading

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FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Gloves Used in Health Care

On March 21, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a ban on most powdered gloves used in health care in the United States. The use of these gloves is decreasing, but they pose a substantial risk of … Continue reading

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Doctors Paid by Drug Companies are More Likely to Prescribe More Brand Names

According to a ProPublica analysis, physicians who are paid by pharmaceutical companies prescribe drugs differently from colleagues who do not. Additionally, on average the likelihood of prescribing brand name medications increased with the more money received. Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, an … Continue reading

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High Levels of Lead in Newark Public Schools

Recently, Newark Public Schools admitted that its water has contained high levels of lead for years. An editorial piece published in the New York Times comments that this news “is shocking but, sadly, not surprising given the neglect of public … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Settling Claims that Power Morcellator Spreads Women’s Cancers

Johnson & Johnson is settling a series of legal claims and lawsuits alleging that a discontinued surgical device harmed women by spreading an undetected hidden cancer, according to court documents and lawyers with knowledge of the settlements. An estimated 100 cases have … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court Permits Widow to Seek Punitive Damages in Smoking Death Lawsuit

On March 17, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer could seek punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. on strict liability and negligence claims. The Florida high court overturned a … Continue reading

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Increased Lung Cancer Risk with Certain Carbs According to Study

Alarming results from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studies revealed that certain carb-rich foods may increase lung cancer risk by 49 percent, according to the HUFFPOST 50. These carbs include bagels, white bread, baguettes and white rice. … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Class 1 Recall of Balloon Catheter Kits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a class 1 recall of the International Intra-Aorta Balloon Catheter Kits and Percutaneous Insertion Kits (IAB). The Teleflex company kits have been recalled because the sheath body may become separated from … Continue reading

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