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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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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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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Motion Filed to Consolidate Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuits in Multidistrict Litigation

Attorneys representing a 31-year-old Queens, New York Woman in a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/darvocet">Darvocet lawsuit have petitioned the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate all federal lawsuits involving Darvon, Darvocet and other propoxyphene medications in a multidistrict litigation in US District … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Recall Delay May Have Killed Thousands

How many Darvon and Darvocet deaths may have occurred while the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) waited to pull these and other dangerous propoxyphene-based drugs from the market? It’s probably impossible to know for sure, but according to the … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet, Other Narcotic Painkillers May Put Elderly at Risk for Heart Attacks, Other Side Effects

Narcotic painkillers, a class of drugs that includes Oxycontin, as well as the now-recalled medications Darvon and Darvocet, may increase the risk of heart attacks and bone fractures in elderly arthritis patients, a new study has found. According to a … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Recall Came 30 Years Too Late

The Darvon and Darvocet recall announced last month due to the drugs’ association with serious and sometimes fatal heart rhythm problems was about 30 years too late. For at least that long, patient advocates had raised questions about the safety … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Withdrawal Prompts Other Propoxyphene Recalls

Following the earlier Darvon and Darvocet recall by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., makers of generic propoxyphene medications have begun recalling their products. Recently, Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. said it would remove three such propoxyphene products from the market, including Balacet 325. Propoxyphene … Continue reading

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Darvon-N Recalled In Canada

Collaborating with Health Canada (HC), Paladin Labs Inc., maker of Darvon-N (dextropropoxyphene, also known as propoxyphene), decided to voluntarily recall and withdraw all lots of the medication from the Canadian market and discontinue sales. Last month, the US Food & … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Patients Should Discuss Alternatives with Their Doctors

The recent Darvocet and Darvon recall from the market because of their association with dangerous, and even fatal heart rhythm problems has caused consternation among people who relied on Darvon and Darvocet to manage chronic pain. But according to a recent article … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Withdrawal Late in Coming

The decision to finally pull Darvon and Darvocet from the market has spawned criticism of the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) by those who say it waited too long to act on the dangerous painkillers. Darvon and Darvocet have … Continue reading

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Darvon, Darvocet Pulled From Market Due to Heart Risks

The propoxyphene-based painkillers are being pulled from the market today because of their association with serious or even fatal Darvocet and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/darvon">Darvon side effects (namely heart rhythm abnormalities). The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is also asking the manufacturers … Continue reading

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Darvon, Similar Painkillers to Have Stronger Overdose Warnings

The makers of Darvon, Darvocet and other painkillers that contain propoxyphene are being required to strengthen the drugs’ labels, including their boxed warning, to emphasize the potential for overdose. However, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a petition … Continue reading

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