Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the 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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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