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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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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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C.R. Bard Recalls Halo One Guiding Sheath

The FDA Deems Halo One Guiding Sheath Recall a Class I The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a Class 1 recall of C.R. Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc.’s Halo One thin-walled guiding sheaths over issues involving sheath separation, … Continue reading

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Another DePuy Pinnacle MoM Lawsuit Filed

Pinnacle Metallosis Lawsuits Added To Texas MDL A new lawsuit has been filed against DePuy Orthopedics and Johnson & Johnson over an allegedly failed Pinnacle Acetabular Cup system. DePuy Orthopaedics is a unit of Johnson & Johnson. The Pinnacle metal-on-metal … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Stryker Hip Accolade and Rejuvenate Settlement Extended

Some Additional Plaintiffs Are Now Included in the Revised Stryker Settlement Agreement Patients implanted with specific Stryker hip replacements who were ineligible for the initial 2014 Stryker hip settlement may now be eligible for the expanded settlement agreement. Specifically, patients … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Metal Hip Implants |

Lawsuit Alleges Xarelto Led to Ischemic Stroke

Xarelto Lawsuits Continue to Mount Over Bleeding Injuries Bayer Healthcare AG, Johnson & Johnson, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals are facing a wrongful death lawsuit over allegations that their anticoagulant (blood thinner), Xarelto (rivaroxaban) led to a West Virginia man’s ischemic stroke … 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

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Violence Against Prison Inmates Mounting

Violence Against Prison Inmates Currently On The Rise

Inmates at Mid-State Correctional Facility Allegedly Abused, Beaten In July 2016, corrections officers made a surprise raid in the early morning hours at medium security, Mid-State Correctional Facility near Utica, New York, according to officials. The surprise search was made … Continue reading

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Apps May Be Responsible for Recent Traffic Death Spike

What is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving refers to activities that may divert an individual’s attention away from driving. All distracted driving activities—using a cell phone, smartphone, tablet, etc.—endanger the driver, passenger(s), and bystander(s) safety. According to Distraction.gov., texting; consuming food … Continue reading

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Two More New Zofran Lawsuits Recently Transferred To Boston MDL

Two New Zofran Lawsuits Recently Transferred To Boston MDL

Two additional Zofran (ondansetron) lawsuits were recently transferred to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts for pre-trial proceedings. Two women, one from Mississippi and one from Texas, similarly allege that the anti-nausea medication caused serious birth defects in their babies. … Continue reading

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Onglyza Associated with Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer, and Cardiac Issues

Onglyza Associated with Pancreatic Cancer and Other Issues

The Type 2 diabetes medication, Onglyza (saxagliptin), is often offered as a preferred option for diabetics, along with a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and diet; however, Onglyza has been associated with increased risks for pancreatic cancer and heart issues. Approved … 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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