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C.R. Bard Shares IVC Filter Lawsuit Update with SEC

C.R. Bard Shares IVC Filter Lawsuit Update with SEC June 2, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: When it comes to assessing where a manufacturer is with pending litigation, there’s no better source than with the manufacturer itself. To that end, C.R. Bard released details concerning the current state of affairs over IVC filter lawsuits as part of its Form 10-K report that provides a snapshot of the company at the end of its fiscal year, December 31, 2016.
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Stockert 3T Heater Concerns Rising, Not Awareness

Stockert 3T Heater Concerns Rising, Not Awareness November 26, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Leesburg, FL: Hospitals across the US and Canada that use the LivaNova PLC Stockert 3T heater-cooler system during open-heart surgery are warning patients—who had surgery as far back as 2011— that they may be at risk of a rare and potentially life-threatening bacterial infection called nontuberculous mycobacterium or ‘NTM.’
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DePuy Bellwether Drags On, While Canada Approves Zimmer Class Action Settlement

DePuy Bellwether Drags On, While Canada Approves Zimmer Class Action Settlement November 13, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Dallas, TX: While the third bellwether trial involving allegedly defective Pinnacle hips manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. (DePuy, a unit of Johnson & Johnson) continues to meander along with no immediate end in sight, a judge in Canada has approved the proposed settlement stemming from a class action defective hip lawsuit.
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IVC Filters: There is no Standardization of Care

IVC Filters: There is no Standardization of Care September 3, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Phoenix, AZ: The more one digs into the IVC filter debacle, the more one realizes the Catch 22 which appears to govern the existence of the small, spider-like devices designed as a hedge against the migration of potentially dangerous blood clots through the inferior vena cava vein, the major thoroughfare that carries blood up from the lower extremities, where blood clots can form.
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Bizarre Tale of Attempted Murder, Mayhem, Bankruptcy and Bad Faith Insurance

Bizarre Tale of Attempted Murder, Mayhem, Bankruptcy and Bad Faith Insurance November 30, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Laval, PQ The way home warranty insurance currently works in the Canadian province of Quebec, you would hope that your condo isn’t in a building taller than four stories. Because if it is, under current regulations, you’re out of luck.
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Fosamax and Femur Fractures: "A Terrible Ordeal"

Fosamax and Femur Fractures: "A Terrible Ordeal" August 17, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Montreal, Quebec When Deborah J. (real name withheld) first started taking Fosamax, she had no idea how serious Fosamax side effects could be. It was not until after a seemingly minor incident eight years ago that she learned about the potential link between Fosamax and femur fractures. Now, Deborah believes that her broken leg was a Fosamax fracture, brought about by the osteoporosis medication.
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Canada's Asbestos Problem Divides Politicians and Citizens

Canada's Asbestos Problem Divides Politicians and Citizens March 2, 2012. By Jane Mundy.
Montreal, QC Last November, production halted for the first time in 130 years at the last of Quebec's asbestos mine. Unlike many companies in the US that have claimed bankruptcy mainly due to asbestos lawsuits, the Quebec mines closed because of environmental and financial issues (who is buying asbestos anymore?). But the Quebec government says it ain't over 'til its over, and that has caused a lot of dissention amongst Canadians.
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Omega Alpha Kidney Flush Recalled in Canada

May 4, 2011. By Lucy Campbell.
Ottawa, ON Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc., in consultation with Health Canada, is voluntarily recalling all lots of "Omega Alpha Kidney Flush" due to the omission of cautionary and warning statements on the product label. This recall involves all lots of "Omega Alpha Kidney Flush" product, under the Omega Alpha brand, sold at retail locations in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia and Alberta.
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An Informed Consumer is Key to Avoiding Effexor Birth Defects

An Informed Consumer is Key to Avoiding Effexor Birth Defects October 4, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Montreal, PQ Earlier this summer, a Canadian study detailing some of the effects of Effexor and other antidepressants on pregnant women and their babies hit the pages of TIME Magazine. The study examined the relationship between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and the older tricyclics on miscarriage.
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Researchers: Cataracts a Potential Paxil Side Effect

Researchers: Cataracts a Potential Paxil Side Effect September 16, 2010. By Heidi Turner.
Montreal, QC A study suggests that the list of Paxil side effects, which already includes an increased risk of birth defects, should be updated to include cataracts. Meanwhile, a different study suggests that Paxil and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may not be as effective at treating depression as once thought.
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