Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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E-Cigarettes Associated with Explosion Incidents, Serious Injuries

The e-cigarette, which was introduced to the market in 2007 has been considered by many to be an alternative to smoking and a tool to assist in smoking cessation. Since 2009 and up to March 2016, there have been some … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Doctors’ Relationships with Drug and Device Makers Create Conflicts of Interest

The New York Times’ Well blog recently explored the conflicts of interest many doctors face in choosing treatments for their patients. Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, director of the leukemia program at the Cleveland Clinic, wrote about conflicts of interest, using his … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals |

IVC Filter Litigation Grows

Lawsuits alleging injuries from inferior vena cava (IVC) filters continue to grow, as cases are consolidated into multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in the Southern District of Indiana and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs allege that the filters, which are placed … Continue reading

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Ikea Recalls 29 Million Chests and Dressers Following Six Children’s Deaths

Swedish retailer Ikea revealed that it will recall roughly 29 million chests and dressers that have a tendency to tip over in response to the deaths of six children and more than two dozen injuries. Ikea announced the recall on … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Zofran Lawsuit Names Novartis, Along with GSK, as Defendant

Lawsuits alleging the anti-nausea medication Zofran caused birth defects have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Reportedly, some 250 lawsuits have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline. In a Master Long Form Complaint filed on May 31, 2016, Novartis … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Xarelto Wrongful Death Lawsuit Says Janssen Ignored FDA Marketing Warning

In a wrongful death lawsuit that names Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer AG as defendants, the families of 10 people say their loved ones who died of excessive bleeding caused by the blood-thinning drug Xarelto. The 10 plaintiffs live in different … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Xarelto Lawsuit Filed over Brain Bleed, MDL Moves Forward

The multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving Xarelto lawsuits against Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson continues to move forward. More than 2,800 lawsuits have been consolidated to the MDL, which is centralized to Louisiana federal court. … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Litigation Moving Forward in Two IVC Blood-Clot Filter MDLs

Lawsuits involving alleged harm to patients from IVC blood clot filters are moving forward in two courts. U.S. District Judge David Campbell of Arizona issued a case management order covering the selection of bellwether cases. These representative cases will be … Continue reading

Posted in Bard IVC Filter Injuries, Defective Medical Devices |

Xarelto Studies Question Drugs Benefits and Risks and Reveal Eye Bleeding in Some Cases

A number of study results are prompting questions over Xarelto (rivaroxaban) and other new-generation anticoagulant drugs (blood thinners). Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, manufacture Xarelto. Xarelto received U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa |

Talcum Powder Class Action Suit Initiated in Canada

A group of Canadian plaintiffs, including the estate of a Montreal woman who died of ovarian cancer, have launched a class action against health care giant Johnson & Johnson. The plaintiffs claim that their cancers were caused by Johnson & … Continue reading

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