Author Archives: Cynthia A. Diaz-Shephard

Featured Stories

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.

Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

Read More

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.

Read More

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

Read More

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

Read More

Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

Read More

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

Read More

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.

Read More

Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

Read More

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 ...

Read More

Federal Regulators Issue Warning Letter to Teva Pharmaceuticals

Federal Regulators Issue Warning to Teva Pharmaceuticals

Teva Pharmaceuticals just received a “Warning Letter” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to the agency’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) inspection of Teva’s Gödöllő, Hungary’s manufacturing facility. Teva was also placed on Import Alert 66-40 on … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals | Tagged , , , , |

Food Company Execs May Be Held Liable for Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Instances of food company executives receiving prison sentences and serving time over large, even deadly, food poisoning case are mounting. Now, some wonder why pharmaceutical and medical device company executives are not subject to the same punishments. Stewart Parnell, former … Continue reading

Posted in Botulism, E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Listeria, Norovirus, Salmonella, Shigella |

Lawsuit Filed Over Alleged Failure of Rex Medical Option IVC Filter

Lawsuit Filed Over Failure of Rex Medical Option IVC Filter

The family of a now-deceased Florida man has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania over the alleged failure of the Rex Medical Option Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter device. The lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania. In September 2014, the man was … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices | Tagged , , , , |

Medtronic Recalls Thousands of Lots of Various Neurovascular Products

Medtronic Recalls Lots of Various Neurovascular Products

Medtronic PLC just recalled certain lots of four of its neurovascular products. The device maker noted that the recalled devices might lead to a thromboembolic event (blood clot) in patients. The recalled Medtronic neurovascular products are: Pipeline Embolization Device (1742 … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices | Tagged , , , , |

Traffic Deaths Increase Over 10 Percent in the First Half of the Year

Traffic Deaths Increase Over 10% in the First Half of Year

Deaths due to traffic accidents in the United State rose by 10.4 percent in just the first half of 2016 when compared to the first half of 2015, according to a report issued by The New York Times. The NYT … Continue reading

Posted in Accident | Tagged , , , , |

Homeopathic Teething Products May Be Tied to 10 Children’s Deaths and 400 Adverse Event Reports

Homeopathic Teething Products May Be Tied to 10 Deaths

Ten children who used what has been described as homeopathic teething tablets have died and another 400 adverse events have been tied to the tablets according to reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency warned caregivers … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Health Concerns | Tagged , , , , |

Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits Expected to Continue Increasing

Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits Expected to Continue Increasing

The federal multidistrict litigation involving the erectile dysfunction (ED) medication Viagra (sildenafil citrate) continues to proceed. Viagra is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and is a phosphodiesterase (PDE) 5A inhibitor (PDE5A) that is typically used in the treatment of ED. Viagra … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Viagra | Tagged , , , , |

Long Island Railroad Work and Passengers Collide, Passengers and Workers Injured

LIRR Trains Collide, Passengers and Workers Injured

This weekend, a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) work train and a passenger train collided causing a number of injuries to passengers and workers, some serious. Specifically, the work train sideswiped the passenger train. At least 33 workers and passengers were … Continue reading

Posted in Accident | Tagged , , , , , |

Hepatitis B Reactivation in Certain Patients Taking Hepatitis C Drugs

epatitis B Reactivation in Patients Using Hepatitis C Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated that its most serious warning, the so-called “black box,” be placed on nine brand name hepatitis C virus (HCV) drugs. The call for the black box followed 24 reported cases of … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals | Tagged , , , , |

Long Island and Manhattan Nursing Homes at the Center of a Blood Infection Probe

NY Nursing Homes at the Center of a Blood Infection Probe

Bloodstream infections originating from tainted intravenous (IV) products appear to be the cause of nearly three-dozen patient illnesses in New York nursing homes. One patient death is also being reviewed as part of a New York State Department of Health … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns | Tagged , , , , |

© 2005-2019 Parker Waichman LLP ®. All Rights Reserved.