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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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 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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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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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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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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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

Posted in Bard IVC Filter Injuries, Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

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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