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Recent Posts in Product Liability Category

  • Cobalt Poisoning Mistaken for Alzheimer’s

    DePuy is one of the makers of a metal-on-metal hip replacement device, the DePuy’s ASR hip resurfacing system. Thousands of U.S. patients opted to have hip-replacement surgery in Hyderabad, India, using this particular device. The reason for this medical tourism was the system hadn’t been approved yet by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the surgery was also much less expensive outside ...
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  • AndroGel May Increase Risk of Arterial Plaque

    AndroGel is one of many brand names of testosterone prescribed for a number of different uses. This brand is a topical gel used to provide patients with higher levels of testosterone, a naturally occurring hormone necessary for many processes in the body. For people who have lower levels of testosterone, their doctors might prescribe AndroGel to bring those levels back to normal with daily morning ...
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  • Are IVC Filters Overused? New Study Sheds Light On Possible Complications.

    A recent study published in the JAMA Surgery journal suggests that IVC filters – commonly thought of as life-saving devices – might not be the safest option for some patients; especially those who didn’t need them in the first place. After thorough studies conducted over multiple years, researchers reported that the “indiscriminate use of IVCFs without clear indications places patients at risk of ...
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  • Dangers of Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh

    Serious complications have been reported among patients implanted with Atrium C-QUR hernia mesh. Used to treat patients in need of hernia repair and reconstruction, C-QUR is different from many other mesh products out there in that its omega 3 gel coating is “all natural” and derived from fish oil. However, this coating – meant to reduce scar tissue and help the mesh stay affixed to the abdominal ...
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  • FDA Warns of Exploding Medical Carts

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to hospitals and healthcare providers about dangerous medical carts that can catch on fire and explode. Nearly every hospital and medical facility uses battery-powered mobile medical carts which are used to dispense medication, ultrasound machines, and other medical equipment. If not properly maintained, the lithium or lead acid ...
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  • Heartburn Medication Linked to Stomach Cancer

    Heartburn medication is often used to control stomach acid and treat conditions such as heartburn, acid reflux, peptic ulcers, and other related health conditions. Millions of people nationwide use over-the-counter or prescription heartburn medication to help them reduce the most severe of symptoms of heartburn, which can be caused by certain foods, alcohol, or other related health problems. But ...
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  • The FDA Updates IVC Filter Health Risk Warning

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have drawn heavy criticism and numerous lawsuits by patients who claim to have incurred injuries due device failure, manufacturer negligence, defective design, and misrepresentation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its communication warning of these potential health risks and has stated that IVC filters should generally not be kept in use ...
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  • More Talcum Powder Lawsuits On the Horizon

    In early 2016, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered by an Alabama court to pay $72 million in compensation to plaintiffs who claimed that a family member had died of ovarian cancer caused by her regular use of the company’s talcum powder products . A few months later, the company once again lost a similar lawsuit, which cited the same grounds, in South Dakota, resulting in a ...
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  • Collapsible Laundry Hampers Cause Eye Damage In Children

    A recent article in Digital Journal warns of the risk of serious injury from "wires springing from collapsible cloth laundry hampers." The article cites a July 2013 publication in Pediatrics - the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics - which reports two cases of "eye laceration and retinal complications" in children injured by "collapsible cloth and wire laundry hampers." ...
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  • First Bellwether Trial In Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Cases

    A recent CBS News article reports on the first "bellwether" trial involving liability for the so-called "sudden unintended acceleration" affecting certain Toyota vehicles. The case deals with a 2006 Toyota Camry that plaintiffs allege unexpectedly and uncontrollably accelerated to speeds of up to 100 mph, which caused a collision that killed the driver. Plaintiffs claim that the sudden unintended ...
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  • Recall Of Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Insulin Infusion Sets

    On June 7, 2013, Medtronic MiniMed recalled its medical devices known as the Paradigm Insulin Infusion Sets. The recall was prompted by "a potential safety issue" due to "too much or too little insulin being delivered resulting in hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia which can be severe and lead to serious illness." See http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ListofRecalls/ucm360618.htm for more ...
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  • Voluntary Recall Of Estarylla Tablets

    A recent posting by the FDA informs that Sandoz, a Division of the Novartis group, has issued a voluntary recall of a batch of Estarylla tablets. Estarylla (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) is a combination oral contraceptive. The recall was prompted by a packaging flaw. In particular, the affected lot had placebo tablets mixed with regular tablets containing the active ingredients. According ...
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  • Ranbaxy Resumes Sales After Pharmaceutical Recall

    Indian drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories recently resumed supplying its cholesterol lowering drugs to the U.S. market. The company was shut down by the FDA in January after glass particles were found in some lots of its drugs. Last January, the FDA and the Department of Justice filed a consent decree of permanent injunction against the company so as to bar it from operating in the U.S. until it ...
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  • VAGINAL MESH CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR MANY WOMEN

    Every year, thousands of women experience pelvic organ prolapse - a condition in which organs in the abdomen prolapse (bulge) into the vaginal area. Generally, doctors treat this condition by surgically implanting mesh between the abdomen and the vaginal area in order to keep organs in place. And, for the most part, the surgery successfully treats the condition. Business Week reports that ...
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  • HIP INJURY RATES MAY SPELL MORE LAWSUITS IN THE U.S.

    For those with arthritis and other diseases of the joints, replacement surgeries can improve quality of life and mobility. In 2007, almost 800,000 knee and hip replacements were performed. It is estimated that more than 750,000 Americans have replacement surgery on their hips, knees, shoulders and other joints each year. While joint replacement surgery can offer improvements in mobility and ...
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