Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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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

Posted in Asbestos, Health Concerns |

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

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Essure, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

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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