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IVC Filters: Remove from Body and Market

IVC Filters: Remove from Body and Market January 12, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Seattle, WA: The FDA recommended back in 2010 that IVC filters be removed as soon at the risk passed and in 2014 repeated this communication, adding that filter pieces could migrate within the body. And judging from the growing number of IVC Filter lawsuits, including two inferior vena cava (IVC) filter class actions in Canada, the device may soon be pulled from the market.
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Asbestosis Risk has been known since Roman Times

Asbestosis Risk has been known since Roman Times January 11, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Edmonton, AB: While a class action lawsuit waged against Halliburton Co. has gone on for some 14 years, it’s been more than 114 years that knowledge about the dangers of asbestos and asbestosis lung disease has been known. Only in the last few decades has the industrialized world taken the risks of asbestos seriously by phasing asbestos out in certain products, and asbestos abatement procedures for the renovation industry has reflected the adoption of asbestos as a carcinogen, and a truly hazardous material.
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Attorney Anticipates Surgical Mesh and Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Similar in Volume

Attorney Anticipates Surgical Mesh and Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Similar in Volume January 11, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Dallas, TX: A number of complaints allege that Ethicon Physiomesh, a surgical mesh used to repair hernias, has done more harm than good. “I anticipate surgical mesh lawsuits, such as Ethicon Physiomesh, will see similar volume as transvaginal mesh lawsuits,” says attorney Shezad Malik.
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Stockert 3T Infections Widespread

Stockert 3T Infections Widespread January 10, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Nashville, TN: Last October the CDC reported that M. chimaera contamination of heater/cooler devices, of which 60 to 70 percent stem from the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system had been found in Iowa and Pennsylvania. Just one month later, a global outbreak linking the devices was reported. M. chimaera is a rare bacteria, a species of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM).
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Seventh Risperdal Gynecomastia Case Settled Prior to Trial

Seventh Risperdal Gynecomastia Case Settled Prior to Trial January 10, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Philadelphia, PA: As principles with Janssen Pharmaceuticals continued to maintain that pre-trial Risperdal settlements are one-offs and not an indication of any emerging strategy, Janssen nonetheless settled a Risperdal lawsuit Friday before what would have been the seventh Risperdal gynecomastia trial had a chance to start.
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FDA Warns Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified With St. Jude’s Implantable Cardiac Devices

FDA Warns Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified With St. Jude’s Implantable Cardiac Devices January 9, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Today the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued information and recommendations regarding cybersecurity vulnerabilities for St. Jude Medical's radio frequency (RF)-enabled implantable cardiac devices and Merlin@home Transmitter. The agency, while confirming there is a risk for a breach, has also noted that to date they have not received any reports of patient harm related to these cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
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Seismic Shifts For DePuy MDL in 2017?

Seismic Shifts For DePuy MDL in 2017? January 7, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Dallas, TX: Various events in the Hip Replacement Implant Failure file in 2016 may have a bearing on events for the year ahead. This, amidst a continued aging of the largest single segment of the US population, the Baby Boomer, together with a continued need for joint replacement in order to allow patients retained mobility for a generation inherently more active than their predecessors.
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Propecia Infertility: Kids Don’t Care if You’re Bald

Propecia Infertility: Kids Don’t Care if You’re Bald January 7, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Ottawa, ON: Infertility is typically considered a woman’s issue, but three out of 10 cases of infertility are due to problems deriving from the man, according to statistics from Canada’s federal government. Many factors can contribute to male infertility, including Propecia, which is known to affect sperm quality.
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Number of Consolidated Taxotere Lawsuits Jumps

Number of Consolidated Taxotere Lawsuits Jumps January 6, 2017. By Heidi Turner.
New Orleans, LA: It's only been three months since the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated the federal Taxotere lawsuits, but in that time the number of Taxotere claims added to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) has increased dramatically, a sign that women are unhappy about allegedly being put at an increased risk of side effects. Sanofi SA faces allegations it failed to adequately warn women that the hair loss they experienced as a result of the cancer treatment drug could be permanent.
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$13.7M Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Award Should Stand

$13.7M Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Award Should Stand January 6, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: A $13.7 million judgement in favor of a plaintiff who has sued Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon, over injuries related to Ethicon's mid-urethral sling device, should not be reversed on appeal. That’s the opinion of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth J. Powell Jr., who is presiding over the case and who wrote "The evidence of defendant-appellant's wanton and willful disregard for plaintiff adequately supported the jury's award of punitive damages."
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