Monthly Archives: May 2016

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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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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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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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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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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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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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Study Finds Increased Cancer from Cell Phones

In a multi-million-dollar two-year study, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) has found increased rates of rare cancers of the heart and brain in animals exposed to cell phone radiation. The former Director of the National Toxicology Program, Christopher Portier … Continue reading

Posted in Cell Phones & Cancer, Cellular Phone |

Bodies Given to NYU Disposed of in Mass Graves Despite Donors’ Wishes

According to The New York Times, New York is unique among American cities in how it disposes of the dead considered to be unclaimed: interment on a lonely island, off-limits to the public, by a crew of prison inmates who … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Quality Issues Raised by FDA Concerning Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals

Pharmakon Pharmaceutical’s facility was recently inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the company’s voluntary recall of super-potent morphine sulfate 0.5 mg/ml preservative free in 0,9 percent sodium chloride, 1 ml syringe, CII, for intravenous use. FDA … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Monsanto Ordered to Pay $46.5 Million in Damages in PCBs Lawsuit

A St. Louis jury returned a $46.5 million verdict for three plaintiffs who claimed they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma because of Monsanto’s negligent in the production of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) The award consisted of $17.5 million in damages and $29 million … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Flint Residents Seek Alternatives to Bathing with Local Water

Since April 2014, when Flint, Michigan began using the Flint River as its water supply in an effort to save money, its residents claim they have been plagued with problems resulting from the quality of the water. The city began … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Jury Awards $46.5 Million in Damages in Monsanto PCBs Lawsuits

On May 25, 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $46.5 million to three plaintiffs who claimed Monsanto and three other companies were negligent in the production of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). The award consisted of $17.5 million in damages and $29 … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, PCBs |

Labeling Changes and Instructions for 29 Products as of April 2016

Safety Labeling Changes posted by MedWatch April 2016 includes 29 products to the following sections: BOXED WARNING, CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, ADVERSE REACTIONS, or PATIENT PACKAGE INSERT/MEDICATION GUIDE. The “Summary Page” table provides a listing of product names and safety labeling sections … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Inferior Vena Cava Filter Presents Significant Risks of Failed Retrieval

The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter is a small, metal device and has been used since the 1960s. Approximately 259,000 filters have been inserted as a temporary measure to impede blood clots from travelling to the lungs or heart. Some … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Toddler Bike Helmets Recalled for Choking Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Pacific Cycle of Madison, Wisconsin is recalling 129,000 Schwinn-brand infant bicycle helmets. A magnetic buckle on the chin strap can come loose and pose a choking hazard. The helmet, designed for children … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Diabetes Drug Pioglitazone Linked to Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer

An increased risk of bladder cancer has been uncovered following a large population-based study concerning patients who take the diabetes drug pioglitazone known to most as Actos, the Renal and Urology News reports. Pioglitazone is a single-ingredient product sold under … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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