Monthly Archives: December 2016

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lawyers Investigate Lawsuits Over Allegedly Defective Catheters

Attorneys Investigating Possible Catheter Lawsuits, Class I Recalls The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating possible lawsuits involving allegedly defective catheters. The firm, which has decades of experience representing clients in medical device litigation, continues to offer … Continue reading

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Stryker Must Pay $7.6 Million for Knee Replacement Device Settlement

Under a ruling from the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Stryker Corporation must pay a $7.6 million product liability settlement for its artificial knee joint the Duracon Unicompartmental Knee (or Uni-Knee). The ruling put an end to 15 years of … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Lawyers Investigate Lawsuits Over New Balance “Made in USA” Label

New Balance Shoes Labeled “Made in USA”, But 30 Percent is Imported The product liability lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating potential lawsuits involving the New Balance “Made in USA” label. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations … Continue reading

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Propecia Litigation Moving Toward First Trial

The litigation involving serious and sometimes catastrophic side effects of the hair loss drug Propecia is moving forward, with the selection of bellwether cases. In such large litigations, representative cases—bellwether cases—are chosen to be the first to go to trial. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Propecia, Proscar |

Eliquis Lawsuit Alleges Brain Hemorrhage, Internal Bleeding

Lawsuit Alleges Eliquis Caused Intracerebral Hemorrhage Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Inc. are facing a new lawsuit alleging injuries from the anticoagulant drug Eliquis. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a California man who was prescribed Eliquis to reduce the … Continue reading

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New Lawsuit Filed over Essure, Alleging Injuries from Nickel Allergy

Bayer Faces New Lawsuit over Essure Permanent Birth Control Device A new lawsuit has been filed alleging injuries from Essure, the female sterilization device marketed by Bayer. The plaintiff alleges that she suffered from complications due to a nickel allergy. … Continue reading

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NHTSA Proposes New Guidelines to Limit Distracted Driving

NHTSA’s Voluntary Guidelines Involve Changes to Devices and Apps Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed new, voluntary guidelines to the manufacturers and developers of electronic devices, apps, and smartphones to create products that, when used by … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

BMS to Pay $19.5M to Settle Multistate Abilify Allegations

43 States Allege BMS Marketed Abilify Improperly to Children, Elderly Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle multistate allegations of improper marketing with its atypical antipsychotic drug, Abilify. According to a Dec. 8 press release issued by … Continue reading

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GM Continues to Face Scrutiny, Lawsuits over Ignition Switch Defect

General Motors Sued over Ignition Switch Defect General Motors (GM) continues to face issues involving its ignition switch defect, which prompted the company to recall a total of 30 million vehicles worldwide in 2014. The faulty ignition switch, which can … Continue reading

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Shift in Age and Gender Distribution of Mesothelioma Cases

For many decades, mesothelioma—an aggressive cancer that occurs in the mesothelium, the thin layer of tissue that covers the internal organs—has largely affected men age 60 and older. But epidemiologist Francine Baumann of the University of New Caledonia has recently … Continue reading

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