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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Exposure to 9/11 Toxic Cloud Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies

Fifteen years after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, researchers are still learning the impact of the attacks on people’s health. When the twin towers fell, a cloud of toxic dust … Continue reading

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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

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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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