Monthly Archives: June 2016

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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 York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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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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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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FDA: Overdosing on Antidiarrheal Drugs can Lead to Heart Problems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety announcement regarding the overuse and abuse of Imodium (loperamide), an antidiarrheal drug available as a prescription or over-the-counter. According to the alert, taking more than the recommended dose can … Continue reading

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Child Protection Organization Asks Indian States to Test Johnson & Johnson Baby Products for Hazardous Chemicals

On May 17, 2016, India’s National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), a child rights organization, wrote to officials in five Indian states asking them to test Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and baby shampoo for asbestos, formaldehyde and … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Claims Invokana Diabetes Drug Caused Stroke

A lawsuit filed in the District of New Jersey, Trenton Division alleges the diabetes medication Invokana is to blame for a patient’s stroke. The plaintiff alleges Janssen Pharmaceuticals and parent company Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about the risks. … Continue reading

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NBC Investigation Shows Bard IVC Filter Problems from the Start

A lengthy NBC News investigation reported on deaths and injuries associated with Bard IVC (inferior vena cava) filters starting soon after the devices came to market. IVC filters implanted in the body’s largest vein to prevent blood clots from traveling … Continue reading

Posted in Bard IVC Filter Injuries, Defective Medical Devices |

US Needs Stricter Regulations for Lead Exposure, Pediatricians Say

Lead exposure in children is lower now than it was in the past, but pediatricians say that current regulations are inadequate. On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ environmental health council published a report in the journal Pediatrics stating “Most … Continue reading

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Bellwether Cases Chosen in Xarelto Litigation

The Xarelto litigation appears to be moving forward, as four cases are reportedly selected for bellwether trials. Judge Eldon Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana, administrator of the multidistrict litigation (MDL), has selected the first lawsuits that will go … Continue reading

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Jeep that Crushed Young Actor in his Driveway Was under Recall

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee that rolled down a driveway and killed the actor Anton Yelchin on June 19 was a model that had been recalled for a gearshift problem that lets drivers accidentally leave the car in neutral when … Continue reading

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Power Morcellators, Essure Birth Control System Prompt Introduction of Two Proposed Bills to Protect Consumers

House legislation has recently been introduced in an effort to prompt quicker action by federal regulators to remove dangerous medical devices from the market. Two bipartisan bills are expected to ease the process for patients who have suffered due to … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Settling Cancer Cases Linked to Controversial Surgical Tool

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson has reportedly settled nearly 90 percent of the cases involving cancer spread by the controversial surgical tool, the power morcellator. The injured women claim that leimyosarcoma—an aggressive form of uterine cancer— was spread by … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Proposed Bill would Require Doctors to Report Device Injuries to FDA

Two legislators are introducing a bill that would require doctors to report deaths and injuries associated with a medical device to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Currently, the agency only mandates reports from hospitals and device makers. Wall … Continue reading

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