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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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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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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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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Proposed Bills Focus on Construction Site Safety, Reducing Deaths

Bills Seek Mandatory Worker Training, Greater Penalties for Safety Violations

A recent report released by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) showed that construction-related deaths are increasing. NYCOSH reported, among other things, that safety violations were prevalent and penalties for these violations were relatively small. Now, a total of 21 bills are being introduced that address construction safety.

Parker Waichman LLP is a national personal injury law firm with decades of experience representing workers in lawsuits over occupational hazards and other issues. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a construction site accident lawsuit. Continue reading

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Dram Shop (Alcohol) Liability and Personal Injury Lawsuits

New York Vendors Liable for Selling Alcohol to People Under 21 or “Visibly Intoxicated”

Dram shop (alcohol) liability involves the sale of alcoholic beverages. Specifically, Dram Shop laws prevent vendors from selling alcohol to certain categories of people. In New York, for example, Dram Shop law prohibits the sale of alcohol to any person who is “actually or apparently” under the age of 21. New York law also prevents the sale of alcohol to individuals who are “visibly intoxicated.” If a vendor breaks these laws and the intoxicated person causes injury, dram shop law holds the vendor liable.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in personal injury lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations. Our lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have about pursuing a case. Continue reading

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Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit Following an Auto Accident

New York Auto Accident and Insurance

In New York, being involved in an auto accident may present unique circumstances in terms of insurance. For example, the car accident may trigger the no-fault insurance law, or uninsured motorist coverage, which are required of every registered motorist in New York. Personal injury attorneys also have several recommendations for individuals seeking to file a lawsuit following a motor vehicle accident.

Parker Waichman LLP has decades of experience representing automobile accident victims. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a car accident lawsuit. Continue reading

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What You Need to Know about Medical Malpractice

Every year, patients across the country are injured due to medical malpractice (or medical negligence). Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, health care professional, hospital or health care facility fails to care for a patient in accordance with the accepted standards of the medical profession and the person is injured, becomes ill, or a condition worsens as a result. Continue reading

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Taxotere Patients Not Warned About Permanent Hair Loss, Suits Allege

Sanofi-Aventis Faces Mounting Taxotere Permanent Hair Loss Lawsuits

Plaintiffs suing over the chemotherapy drug Taxotere (generic: docetaxel) allege that drug maker Sanofi-Aventis failed to adequately warn about the risk of permanent hair loss. Cancer patients know that chemotherapy often causes hair to fall out, and that this is a common side effect associated with cancer treatment. Lawsuits allege that with Taxotere, however, there is a risk that the hair loss will be permanent. Plaintiffs allege that Sanofi-Aventis is aware of Taxotere irreversible alopecia, but failed to adequately warn patients or the medical community.

Parker Waichman LLP is a national law firm representing numerous clients in drug injury claims. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to anyone with questions about filing a Taxotere permanent hair loss lawsuit. Continue reading

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Xarelto Manufacturer Leads Spending for Physicians’ Favor

The public-interest news organization ProPublica issued a new report that indicates manufacturers spent more in 2015 on physician payments for Xarelto than any other drug.

These payments were not for research, but for things like consulting, meals, travel, promotional speaking, gifts, and royalties. In past studies, ProPublica revealed that doctors who received payments from manufacturers tended to prescribe proportionately more brand-name drugs than those who did not.
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Smith & Nephew Tandem Bipolar Hip Implant Recall and Lawsuits

Tandem Bipolar Hip System Recall is Class 2

Smith and Nephew is issuing a Class 2 recall for its Tandem Bipolar Hip System because it can detach after surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has labeled the recall as Class 2, meaning the recalled device can reasonably lead to temporary or medically reversible injuries. Class 2 recalls also indicate situations where the risk of serious injury is remote. Smith and Nephew launched the recall in August 2016.

The product liability lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits over allegedly defective or dangerous products. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a Smith & Nephew hip implant lawsuit. Continue reading

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Five 9/11 First Responders Die in One Week

Since September 2016, 55 first responders have died from 9/11-related illnesses, according to first responder foundation founder John Feal. Within the last week, five first responders – three FDNY (Fire Department of New York) and two NYPD (New York Police Department) employees, have passed away from Ground-Zero related illnesses.

In 2001, each one of these heroes bravely rushed to the twin towers to help save whoever they could in the rescue and recovery effort. Now, after 16 years, those actions of bravery cost them their lives, NBC News reports.
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Common Distracted Driving Behaviors that Can Endanger Drivers

Distracted Driving Includes Texting, Device Use

The safest way to operate a vehicle is for the driver to focus 100 percent of their attention on the road. Any activity that redirects the driver’s attention away from the task of driving is considered distracted driving. Distracted driving behaviors create risk not only for the driver of the vehicle and its occupants, but for everyone on the road.

Parker Waichman LLP is a national personal injury law firm with decades of experience representing car accident victims. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Continue reading

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Monsanto over XTend Seeds

Suit Alleges XTend Seeds Require Illegal Dicamba Herbicide

Monsanto is facing a potential class action lawsuit over its XTend cotton and soybean seeds. The complaint, filed on behalf of farmers in 10 different states, alleges that the seeds were sold without a safe herbicide. This encourages farmers to use the illegal pesticide dicamba, the class action lawsuit alleges. Use of dicamba damages nearby crops, and is therefore illegal.

The product liability attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits over allegedly defective or dangerous products. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing an XTend Dicamba lawsuit against Monsanto. Continue reading

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