Monthly Archives: May 2017

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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New Lawsuit Alleges PPI Heartburn Medications Caused Kidney Injuries

PPI Lawsuit Alleges Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid Makers Failed to Warn of Risks Lawsuits continue to be filed over proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), including Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. These medications, which are used to treat heartburn and acid reflux disease, work … Continue reading

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Magellan Diagnostics Recalls Lead Testing Systems That May Give Inaccurate Results

Magellan Diagnostics has recalled its LeadCare Testing Systems because the devices may underestimate blood lead levels and give inaccurate results when processing venous blood samples. Falsely lower test results may lead to improper treatment for lead exposure or poisoning. The … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Flint Michigan, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Pennsylvania Parents Sue School over Lead in the Drinking Water

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Contaminated Drinking Water The Butler Area School District of Pennsylvania and its former superintendent are facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the school failed to adequately warn about lead in the drinking water. Parents … Continue reading

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On Appeal, Court Upholds $4M Asbestos Mesothelioma Verdict

Man Alleges Occupational Exposure to Asbestos Caused His Mesothelioma An appellate court recently upheld a $4 million asbestos mesothelioma verdict. The plaintiff in the case is a man who developed mesothelioma, a type of aggressive cancer heavily associated with asbestos … Continue reading

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Essure Plaintiffs Ask to Move Lawsuit to Federal Court

A group of women has filed a lawsuit against Bayer HealthCare over adverse effects of the Essure birth control system. Twenty-eight women filed the lawsuit together on March 21, 2017. Each woman alleges she suffered adverse health effects as a … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Essure, Legal News |

Court Ruling Strengthens Tobacco Injury Lawsuits, Engle Cases

11th Circuit Says Plaintiffs Can Use Engle Findings to Prove Liability A recent court ruling lends support to plaintiffs suing the tobacco industry for personal injuries. On Thursday, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that plaintiffs can rely on findings from the … Continue reading

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Recalled Airbags May be Recycled to Replace Deployed Ones

According to Carfax, a service providing history on used vehicles that are being sold, as many as 750,000 airbags are replaced every year after an accident. Christopher Basso, a representative for Carfax said it is not uncommon to find recycled … Continue reading

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

Australian Safety Advocates: Pelvic Mesh Issues are Under-Estimated

In Pelvic Mesh Survey, 58% of Women Report Problems Australia’s Health Issues Centre (HIC), a consumer health advocacy group, says that transvaginal mesh problems in the country are under-estimated. The group released this leading view after conducting an online Facebook … Continue reading

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BOKF Overdraft Fee Settlement Headed Towards Final Approval

BOKF Agrees to Pay $7.8M to Settle Class Action Lawsuit over Excessive Overdraft Fees A class action settlement with BOK Financial is heading towards final approval. On May 15, 2017, a hearing will take place for final approval of a … Continue reading

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In Canada, Growing Concerns over Hernia Mesh Repair Products

Canadian Hernia Society President Calls Hernia Mesh Problems an “Epidemic” Hernia mesh complications have fueled safety concerns in both the United States and Canada. The devices, which are used for hernia repair surgeries, have been associated with reports of various … Continue reading

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