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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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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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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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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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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Multicounty Litigation Created for Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Lawsuits

Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Implant Lawsuits Consolidated into Multicounty Litigation The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided to consolidate state lawsuits over the Stryker LFIT V40 hip implants into a multicounty litigation. Plaintiffs allege injuries from the LFIT Anatomic Cobalt … Continue reading

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“Superbug” Bacteria Live in One-Quarter of Nursing Home Residents

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Affects 1 in 4 Nursing Home Residents New findings suggest that one in four nursing home residents has antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”. Researchers reviewed findings from eight previous studies and found that the rate of multidrug-resistant bacteria ranged … Continue reading

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Products Africana Receives FDA Warning Letter for Violations

FDA Letter Says Products are “Adulterated” Due to Manufacturing Violations New Jersey-based Products Africana has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that the company has violated Current Good Manufacturing (CGMP) Regulations in Manufacturing, … Continue reading

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FDA Cites Sweet Springs Valley Water Co. for E. Coli Contamination

Sweet Springs Valley Water Co. Receives FDA Warning Letter The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cited Sweet Springs Valley Water Co. for violating federal regulations regarding its bottled water products. The agency sent a warning letter stating that … Continue reading

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New Lawsuit Alleges PPI Heartburn Medications Caused Kidney Injuries

PPI Lawsuit Alleges Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid Makers Failed to Warn of Risks Lawsuits continue to be filed over proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), including Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. These medications, which are used to treat heartburn and acid reflux disease, work … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Parents Sue School over Lead in the Drinking Water

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Contaminated Drinking Water The Butler Area School District of Pennsylvania and its former superintendent are facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the school failed to adequately warn about lead in the drinking water. Parents … Continue reading

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On Appeal, Court Upholds $4M Asbestos Mesothelioma Verdict

Man Alleges Occupational Exposure to Asbestos Caused His Mesothelioma An appellate court recently upheld a $4 million asbestos mesothelioma verdict. The plaintiff in the case is a man who developed mesothelioma, a type of aggressive cancer heavily associated with asbestos … Continue reading

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Court Ruling Strengthens Tobacco Injury Lawsuits, Engle Cases

11th Circuit Says Plaintiffs Can Use Engle Findings to Prove Liability A recent court ruling lends support to plaintiffs suing the tobacco industry for personal injuries. On Thursday, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that plaintiffs can rely on findings from the … Continue reading

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Australian Safety Advocates: Pelvic Mesh Issues are Under-Estimated

In Pelvic Mesh Survey, 58% of Women Report Problems Australia’s Health Issues Centre (HIC), a consumer health advocacy group, says that transvaginal mesh problems in the country are under-estimated. The group released this leading view after conducting an online Facebook … Continue reading

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BOKF Overdraft Fee Settlement Headed Towards Final Approval

BOKF Agrees to Pay $7.8M to Settle Class Action Lawsuit over Excessive Overdraft Fees A class action settlement with BOK Financial is heading towards final approval. On May 15, 2017, a hearing will take place for final approval of a … Continue reading

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