Monthly Archives: September 2016

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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$55M Talcum Powder Verdict Upheld

$55M Talcum Powder Verdict Upheld

A trial court has upheld a $55 million verdict issued to a talcum powder plaintiff this May. The plaintiff in the case had alleged that regular use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene contributed to her ovarian cancer. She further … Continue reading

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Federal Nursing Home Rule Change Restores Residents’ Right to Day in Court

Nursing Home Rule Restores Residents’ Right to Day in Court

In the most significant change to rules governing federal funding of nursing homes in 20 years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will help prevent facilities from blocking claims of elder abuse through arbitration clauses. CMS, an agency … Continue reading

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Xarelto Plaintiffs have More Time to File Lawsuits

Xarelto Plaintiffs have More Time to File Lawsuits

Due to the number of Xarelto lawsuits that have flooded the clerk’s office, Judge Eldon Fallon has extended the filing deadline by 90 days. There are more than 7,000 lawsuits pending in the multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of … Continue reading

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Fatal Commuter Train Crash Injures 114 People and Kills One

Fatal Commuter Train Crash Injures 114 People and Kills One

One person was killed and over 100 other people were injured when a commuter train crashed into a New Jersey rail station just before 9:00 this morning. The train was carrying 250 passengers and caused significant damage to the train … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Zithromax Led to Liver Failure, Resulting in Liver Transplant

Lawsuit Alleges Zithromax Led to Liver Failure

Pfizer is facing a lawsuit alleging that its popular antibiotic Zithromax is to blame for a case of liver failure, which resulted in the need for a liver transplant. The lawsuit was filed in March 2016 on behalf of a … Continue reading

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Police Officer Arrested Following Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

Police Officer Arrested Following Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

A Suffolk County police officer is under arrest following a deadly wrong-way crash on Sunrise Highway in West Islip. Police said the off-duty officer, who works for the Third Precinct, was driving the wrong way and crashed into another vehicle, … Continue reading

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Black Forest Hams Recalled due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Black Forest Hams Recalled due to Possible Contamination

The food company 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd., has recalled approximately 8,700 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically rubber. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection … Continue reading

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Alleged Drunk Driver Destroys Student’s Wheelchair-Accessible Van

Drunk Driver Destroys Student’s Wheelchair-Accessible Van

An alleged drunk driving accident has destroyed one college student’s wheelchair accessible van, turning his half hour commute by car into 3 hours by public bus. The student, who attends Suffolk County Community College, was born with spinal muscular atrophy. … Continue reading

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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines

AAP Updates Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is updating its recommendations for cell phone radiation exposure in light of new study findings released by the US National Toxicology Program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found that … Continue reading

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9/11 Toxic Exposures and Pediatric Asthma

9/11 Toxic Exposures and Pediatric Asthma

Among the many health concerns that have arisen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are concerns about asthma diagnosed in children and teenagers who were exposed to toxins during and following the September 11, 2001 attacks. A September 2016 article … Continue reading

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