Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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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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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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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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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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

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News |

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