Monthly Archives: October 2016

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Oklahoma Woman Files Lawsuit over Benicar, Alleges Intestinal Problems

OK Woman Files Suit over Benicar, Alleges Intestinal Issues

A new lawsuit has been filed over Benicar, a medication used to treat patients with high blood pressure. An Oklahoma woman alleges that the drug, manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, caused sprue-like enteropathy, intestinal problems causing chronic diarrhea. The lawsuit filed … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Zithromax May Cause Adverse Skin Side Effects in Children

Antibiotic Zithromax May Cause Skin Side Effects in Children

Zithromax is a popular prescription medication preferred by doctors and many parents as a drug designed to attack infections quickly and conveniently, as it is taken relatively briefly compared to other antibiotics. However, it has come to light that Zithromax … Continue reading

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FDA Investigation Finds Underreporting of Medical Device Problems

FDA Finds Underreporting of Medical Device Problems

Under federal law, hospitals must report adverse events related to medical devices to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but an FDA investigation has revealed that many hospitals are likely underreporting these events. This reporting helps the FDA identify … Continue reading

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Jury Awards $70M Verdict to Talcum Powder Plaintiff

Jury Awards $70M Verdict to Talcum Powder Plaintiff

Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a $70 million verdict in the third talcum powder trial. Earlier this year, two juries also found for talcum powder plaintiffs, awarding verdicts of $72 million and $55 million. Plaintiffs in the litigation … Continue reading

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Unprecedented $2.1 Million Settlement by Yeshiva in Child Sex Abuse Settlement

$2.1M Settlement by Yeshiva in Child Sex Abuse Settlement

Yeshiva Torah Temimah, a Jewish Orthodox school in Brooklyn, has agreed to pay two former students $2.1 million for alleged molestation when the boys were 6 years of age by a senior rabbi on the faculty of the school, reports … Continue reading

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Judge Expedites Plaintiff Deposition in Talcum Powder Cancer Case

Judge Expedites Plaintiff Deposition in Talcum Powder Case

Plaintiffs in the California talcum powder litigation are concerned that the coordinated pretrial proceedings will not allow the cases to proceed quickly enough for plaintiffs who are seriously ill with ovarian cancer. In a group of more than 300 women … Continue reading

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5 People Dead following Wrong-Way Crash in Massachusetts

5 People Dead following Wrong-Way Crash in Massachusetts

A deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 495 in Massachusetts killed five people, four of whom were college students. The four students were riding together in a 2003 Mercury Sable headed northbound when they were hit by a wrong-way driver. The … Continue reading

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Car Accident in Montauk Injures Martha Rogers, Wife of Dick Cavett

Car Accident on LI Hurts Martha Rogers, Wife of Dick Cavett

Emmy award-winning talk show host Dick Cavett and his wife Martha Rogers were involved in a car accident in Montauk. The couple were passengers in a 2012 Toyota Highlander eastbound on Route 27 near Beech Street when the accident occurred, … Continue reading

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St. Jude ICD Recall Is Deemed a Class I by Federal Regulators

St. Jude ICD Recall Is Deemed a Class I

St. Jude recently reported two patient deaths tied to early depletion of lithium batteries in St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-D). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and St. Jude issued an … Continue reading

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Teleflex Medical Recalls Tracheostomy Tube Set Due to Possible Disconnection During Use

Teleflex Medical Recalls Tracheostomy Tube Set

Teleflex Medical has issued a recall for the Willy Rusch Tracheostomy Tube Set because the connector may disconnect from the tracheostomy tube during use on a ventilated patient. If the connector detaches from the tracheostomy tube shaft during use, the … Continue reading

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