Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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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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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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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

Posted in Legal News |

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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