Monthly Archives: April 2016

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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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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Possible Listeria Threat Noted by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been made aware of a possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The agency is working with the Oregon Potato company involving bulk shipments of onions that may be contaminated with Listeria. The Pasco, … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Food Products |

Pilgrim’s Pride Recalls Fully Cooked Chicken Products

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling roughly 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products. The recalled products may contain extraneous materials such as plastic, wood, rubber and metal, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Safety Warning from IKEA after Third Child is Killed by Toppling Chest of Drawers

A 22-month old boy was found dead under a fallen IKEA chest of drawers at his home in Minnesota. This follows the death of a 2-year-old boy from Pennsylvania in February 2014. Three months later, a 23-month-old boy from Washington … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

Testing of Toxic Bethpage Plume Ordered by Governor Cuomo

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have been ordered by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow access to monitoring wells so the state and a local water district may test water supplies for potential contamination, the Long Island Press … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Lawsuits Increasing in the US and Canada with Risks of Xarelto Use

The blood thinner Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a relatively new anticoagulant that has gained popularity through its convenience of use for the patient. Warfarin, also known as Coumadin, the established anticoagulant for the last 60 years, requires dietary restrictions and a … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Recalled Drugs |

Medtronic Recall for Respiratory Monitoring Battery Pack

A worldwide voluntary recall for the battery pack used in Medtronic’s Covidien Oridion labeled Capnostream 20 and Capnostream 20p Patient Monitor is being conducted due to a manufacturing defect that may increase the thermal damage in the battery pack. Battery … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Recalled Medical Devices |

Federal Regulators Say Study Finds Diflucan Yeast Infection Drug Potentially Tied to Increased Risk of Miscarriage and Birth Defects

Diflucan is the brand name for the generic drug, fluconazole, which is prescribed to treat various fungal infections. Research results released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 26, 2016 indicate that a Danish study on Diflucan reveal … Continue reading

Posted in Diflucan, Pharmaceuticals |

Study Proposes IVC Filter Follow-Up to Prevent Patient Morbidity

A study published in the journal Thrombosis suggests that follow-up in patients with inferior vena cava filters can reduce patient morbidity. IVC filters are used to catch blood clots and stop them from becoming an embolism; an estimated 250,000 are … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Vehicles over Problem with Putting Vehicle into Park

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.1 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 800,000 midsize SUVs and full-size cars in the United States, because of confusion about when the vehicles’ automatic transmission is in the “park” position. The problem has resulted in 41 injuries. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

New Warnings and Revised Prescribing Information for 35 Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered label changes and revised prescription information for 35 drugs in a March 2016 Drug Safety Labeling Changes announcement. The changes include Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, and Adverse Reactions as part of the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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