Monthly Archives: June 2016

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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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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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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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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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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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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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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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

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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

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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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