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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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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.

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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 ...

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

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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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Anti-nausea Medication Zofran Dangerous During First Trimester of Pregnancy

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Zofran (ondansetron hydrochloride), manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is approved for use alone, or in combination with other medications, for the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and is used to prevent these symptoms following surgery. … Continue reading

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California Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline over Child’s Heart Defect Allegedly Caused by Zofran Taken During Pregnancy

Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline over Child’s Heart Defect

Alameda County, California, parents have filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for a heart defect their daughter suffered allegedly as a result of the mother being prescribed Zofran (ondansetron) while pregnant. This medication is used to prevent nausea and vomiting … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Antidepressants May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Antidepressants May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

New research suggests that some antidepressants may increase the risk of birth defects if taken early in pregnancy, though others do not seem to pose the same risks. Whether antidepressants cause birth defects has been debated for years, and studies … Continue reading

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Pfizer Scientist Warned Company of Possible Link between Zoloft and Birth Defects

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A report from the associate director in Pfizer’s Worldwide Safety Strategy unit warned company executives last year about a potential link between the anti-depressant drug Zoloft and birth defects. The report recommended changes to the medication’s warning label. The report, … Continue reading

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$15 Million in Damages Awarded to Child for Birth Defects Linked to Depakote

$15M Awarded to Child for Defects Linked to Depakote

This week a St. Louis jury found that a Minnesota girl’s birth defects were caused by the epilepsy medication Depakote her mother took during pregnancy and the jury awarded the child $15 million in damages. The jury returned the unanimous … Continue reading

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Britain’s drug regulatory agency, has issued a statement urging healthcare professionals to give women better information on the risk of birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy. … Continue reading

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Statin Drugs Increase Risk of Diabetes

According to a study just published online in the medical journal the Lancet, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes. While statins have previously been associated with higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, it was not clear … Continue reading

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Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk

Rsearch published this week in Environmental Health Perspectives supports the theory that agricultural pesticide exposure during pregnancy may increase the risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at the medical records of 970 … Continue reading

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Camp Lejeune Study Links Birth Defects to Drinking Water

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A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a link between tainted drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers. The … Continue reading

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