Monthly Archives: May 2016

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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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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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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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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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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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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