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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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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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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Defective Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits Consolidate

Defective Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits Consolidate

In the interest of expedience, dozens of Stryker hip implant lawsuits will be consolidated as agreed upon by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The transfer of nearly three dozen pending cases involve alleged defects in a prosthetic … Continue reading

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Two More New Zofran Lawsuits Recently Transferred To Boston MDL

Two New Zofran Lawsuits Recently Transferred To Boston MDL

Two additional Zofran (ondansetron) lawsuits were recently transferred to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts for pre-trial proceedings. Two women, one from Mississippi and one from Texas, similarly allege that the anti-nausea medication caused serious birth defects in their babies. … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Woman Files Lawsuit over Benicar, Alleges Intestinal Problems

OK Woman Files Suit over Benicar, Alleges Intestinal Issues

A new lawsuit has been filed over Benicar, a medication used to treat patients with high blood pressure. An Oklahoma woman alleges that the drug, manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, caused sprue-like enteropathy, intestinal problems causing chronic diarrhea. The lawsuit filed … Continue reading

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Pretrial Proceedings Moving Forward in First Four Xarelto Bellwether Cases

Pretrial Moving Forward in First 4 Xarelto Bellwether Cases

In a recent court order, Judge Eldon Fallon, who oversees the Xarelto multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana, outlined the schedule for the first four trials. Judge Fallon has selected four cases to serve as the first bellwether … Continue reading

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Minnesota Court Issues Pretrial Order in Bair Hugger Litigation

MN Court Issues Pretrial Order in Bair Hugger Litigation

The federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving nearly 700 lawsuits over infections allegedly linked to the use of 3M’s Bair Hugger forced air warmer system continues to move forward in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. In a pretrial order, … Continue reading

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Abilify Compulsive Behavior Lawsuits to be Consolidated in MDL

Abilify Compulsive Behavior Suits to be Consolidated in MDL

A federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been established for lawsuits alleging that the antipsychotic drug Abilify caused compulsive behaviors, such as gambling. Plaintiffs allege that drug makers Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb knew about these risks but failed to inform … Continue reading

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In Xarelto MDL, Judge Extends Deadline to File Complaints

In Xarelto MDL, Judge Extends Deadline to File Complaints

Certain groups of plaintiffs in the Xarelto multidistrict litigation (MDL) have more time to file a lawsuit against manufacturers Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare. According to a recent order issued by Judge Eldon Fallon, who is overseeing the MDL in … Continue reading

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Woman Alleges Bair Hugger-Linked Infection Led to Leg Amputation

Woman Alleges Bair Hugger-Infection Led to Leg Amputation

A woman in Texas has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Bair Hugger, a surgical blanket used to maintain a patient’s body temperature in the operating room, caused an infection that ultimately led to the loss of her leg. The … Continue reading

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Jury Selection Scheduled in the Third DePuy Pinnacle Bellwether Case

Jury Selection Scheduled in DePuy Pinnacle Bellwether Case

Jury selection has begun in the third DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip device bellwether case in the 8,000-case multidistrict litigation (MDL) brought against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit. The MDL has been organized in Dallas, Texas federal court, … Continue reading

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Mississippi Woman Files Benicar Lawsuit Alleging Drug Caused Colitis

MS Woman Files Benicar Lawsuit Alleging Drug Caused Colitis

A lawsuit filed recently on behalf of a Mississippi woman alleges that the blood-pressure drug Benicar HCT caused her colitis and other gastrointestinal complications. This lawsuit is part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in progress in federal court in New … Continue reading

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