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

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

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

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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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European Scientific Committee Urges Caution on Metal-on-Metal Hips

SCENHIR, the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, has issued an opinion on the safety of metal-on-metal (MoM) joint replacement devices, with “particular focus” on hip implants. The committee examined concerns over possible exposure to … Continue reading

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DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits Continue to Mount as First Trial Moves Forward

As the first trial over the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip implant is underway, the number of lawsuits filed in Texas is almost 7,000. There are 6,849 Pinnacle lawsuits filed in the Dallas Division of the Northern District of … Continue reading

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Judge Rules Jurors in DePuy Hip Implant Trial Can Hear About Other Cases in Multidistrict Litigation

On Monday, a Texas federal judge allowed the plaintiff in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit to tell jurors about the 6,500 other cases pending in multidistrict litigation that allege injuries caused by defects in a … Continue reading

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DePuy Executive Questioned about Pinnacle Hip Implant Safety Studies in Bellwether Trial

On Monday, a DePuy executive was questioned about whether or not the company properly analyzed the dangers of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant. According to Reuters, Depuy worldwide vice president of clinical research Pamela Plouhar took the stand in the … Continue reading

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Newer Joint Replacement Systems May Offer No Benefit

According to a systematic review published online September 9th in the BMJ, there is no evidence to support the use of 5 newer joint replacement devices compared to analogous products that have been on the market longer. In fact, the … Continue reading

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DePuy Pinnacle Trial Proceeds, More DePuy Witnesses Testify

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The DePuy Pinnacle bellwether trial continues, as DePuy witnesses continue to testify. The trial, which began on September 2nd in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, is expected … Continue reading

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Attorney Says J&J Was Aware of Hip Implant Metal Poisoning Concern in 2001

In a lawsuit being tried in U.S. District Court in Dallas, Texas, an attorney said Johnson & Johnson knew in 2001 of concerns about metal poisoning with the DePuy Pinnacle artificial hip. Dr. Thomas Schmalzreid, a doctor who consulted with … Continue reading

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Bellwether Trial over J&J Pinnacle Hip Implant about to Begin

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit is facing its first trial of a lawsuit alleging that the metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle hip implant is defective and caused serious injuries. According to Bloomberg, Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli alleged that the implant caused metal … Continue reading

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Metal Ion Levels Predict Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failure, Study Suggests

A study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that levels of metal ions in the blood were associated with failure rates of metal-on-metal hip implants.

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The State of Oregon Wins a $4 Million Settlement Involving DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Devices

The Oregon Department of Justice just obtained a $4 million settlement over a lawsuit brought over Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. metal-on-metal hip implant device. The case involved allegations concerning the way in which DePuy marketed the medical device. The … Continue reading

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