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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Growing Movement Demands Recall of Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive Device

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The campaign for the recall of Bayer’s Essure contraceptive device is gathering strength online among women who claim the device caused them severe pain and injuries. The women have created Facebook support pages, Twitter campaigns, and petitions, and their actions … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Against Medtronic for Promoting Off-Label Use of Infuse

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A lawsuit filed this week alleges that Medtronic Inc. deliberately promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone graft product. The complaint includes the names of 98 plaintiffs who allege that the off-label use of Medtronic caused them to incur … Continue reading

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Scent Device May Help in Early Detection of Bladder Cancer

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Based on earlier research findings that suggest dogs can successfully sniff out bladder cancer, researchers have built a device that can analyze gases and create a readout of the chemicals found in the urine within 30 minutes. The researchers hope … Continue reading

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Pilot Flying J Faces Mounting Legal Pressure over Fuel Rebate Fraud Scheme

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A new lawsuit claims that Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J Travel Centers  committed rebate fraud on a fuel program it offers. The lawsuit was filed recently by an Alabama trucking company, Wright Transportation Inc., that says Flying J Travel Centers … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud |

Rise in Adverse Event Reports Prompts FDA to Investigate da Vinci Surgical Robot

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The rising number of adverse event reports (AERs) regarding Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical System has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to roll out an investigative survey for surgeons who use the robotic surgical systems during surgery. … Continue reading

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Samsca Gets Revised Label to Reflect its Potential to Cause Serious Liver Damage

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Taking the drug Samsca (tolvaptan) for more than a month could cause serious liver injury or even death, according to federal health officials. Also at risk is anyone who has an underlying kidney problem and takes the drug. The U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Pharmaceuticals |

Judge Overrules Merck’s Bid to Boot Expert Testimony from Four Doctors in Fosamax Trial

Merck and Co. was unable to stop doctors from giving expert testimony during the New Jersey-based trial, now under way, regarding osteoporosis drug Fosamax for allegedly causing atypical femur fractures. The federal judge ruled, however, that while the plaintiff’s treating … Continue reading

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Fosamax Lawsuit Begins with Opening Remarks

Opening arguments today signaled the start of the second trial charging Merck’s Fosamax with causing femur fractures. In New Jersey federal court the focus was on the case of 58-year-old Bernadette Glynn, who says that the osteoporosis drug is part … Continue reading

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