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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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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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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New Jersey Mother Blames Zofran for Daughter’s Birth Defects

A woman alleges her daughter, born in 2007, is a victim of her having taken Zofran during her first trimester of pregnancy. The anti-nausea drug is a treatment for chemotherapy patients, radiation patients, and patients’ recovering from the effects of … Continue reading

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Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit Update: “Sequence Discovery” Issue

Zofran Birth Defect Case Update: “Sequence Discovery” Issue

Plaintiffs in more than 200 birth defect lawsuits have raised concerns over the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) new proposal for Sequenced Discovery. Parents say the company neglected to warn patients and health experts of its anti-nausea drug Zofran’s alleged potential … Continue reading

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Using Short Form Complaint, New Zofran Lawsuit Filed in Massachusetts Court

There will be a new way to file Zofran lawsuits that claim the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-nausea drug Zofran can cause birth defects. More than 260 families claim that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) failed to warn them of Zofran’s alleged risks, in … Continue reading

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Zofran Birth Defects Litigation Moves Forward

In the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) presently underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, more than 260 Zofran birth defect lawsuits continue to move forward. The parties involved have jointly submitted proposed Master Long Form and Short Form … Continue reading

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Study Shows Lyrica Linked to Major Birth Defects

New research has linked the medication Lyrica with birth defects in the babies of pregnant woman who take the drug. Lyrica (pregabalin) is prescribed to treat seizures, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety disorders, psychiatric conditions, and restless leg syndrome. But there … Continue reading

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Risk of Major Birth Defects when Lyrica is taken during Pregnancy

Lyrica (pregabalin) is used to treat diabetic nerve pain, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, post-herpetic neuraligia caused by shingles and spinal cord injury. It is also prescribed “off label”, meaning it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administraton (FDA), but specified … Continue reading

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Scientists Call for Fresh Look at Dangers of Glyphosate Herbicides

A group of health scientists worried about the explosive growth of agricultural chemicals’ use worldwide is pressing U.S. and European health officials to examine the health impacts of glyphosate herbicides. A report published on February 17, 2016 in Environmental Health, … Continue reading

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Judge Denies GlaxoSmithKline Motion to Dismiss Birth Defect Claims in Zofran Litigation

On January 22, 2016, a federal judge in Massachusetts denied GlaxoSmithKline’s motion to dismiss all claims in multidistrict litigation alleging that the drug company’s off-label promotion of its anti-nausea drug Zofran (ondansetron) for morning sickness led to birth defects. U.S. District … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Claims in Zofran Birth Defect Cases


A federal judge in Massachusetts has denied a motion by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline to dismiss cases alleging that the drug Zofran (ondansetron) caused birth defects on the grounds that federal law preempts state failure-to-warn claims. Federal law is the “supreme” … Continue reading

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Health Canada Warns of Birth-Defect and Miscarriage Potential for Transplant Anti-rejection Drugs


Canada’s health regulatory agency has issued a warning that CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) and Myfortic (mycophenolate sodium), drugs given to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients, can cause miscarriage and congenital malformations if taken during pregnancy. The agency warns against using … Continue reading

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