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  • Diseases Associated with Asbestos
    Sep-12-07 Dallas, TX: Although it was once commonly used for insulating buildings and machinery, the use of asbestos has declined sharply over the last several decades as people became more aware of the serious health consequences associated with asbestos exposure. However, due to the widespread use of asbestos in the 20th century and the length of time it some...
  • Attorney Subpoenas J&J, AstraZeneca and Lilly for Hidden Antipsychotic Data Part I
    Sep-10-07 Washington, DC Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein has issued subpoenas for the discovery of any suppressed data on the atypical antipsychotic drugs Zyprexa , Risperdal, and Seroquel which he says is necessary before a Forced Drugging Petition can possibly be considered for approval for a client he is representing. Mr Gottstein contends that the informatio...
  • Class Action Status Granted in Unum Lawsuit
    Sep-7-07 Chattanooga, TN A judge has granted class action status in a lawsuit alleging Unum Group (formerly UnumProvident) purposely denied or terminated claims of disabled policyholders. The suit alleges Unum created documents in which target dates for cutting off future payments were set. According to the lawsuit, Unum violated the 1974 Employee Retirement Inco...
  • Crash-worthiness: New standards woefully inadequate
    Sep-7-07 Washington, DC Recent changes to side-impact testing, announced yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), amounts to a good first step towards improved crash-worthiness of the vehicles we drive. But according to Public Citizen, the noted advocacy group, much more needs to be done. In the meantime, motorists are still being...
  • Mother's Warning to Women: Do Not Take Paxil While Pregnant
    Sep-5-07 Waterloo, IA: Julie Edgington started taking Paxil one month before she became pregnant and stopped taking it by the end of the third month of pregnancy. "I asked the doctor about Paxil and he said 'Paxil shouldn't be a problem," Edgington says, but she decided to stop taking it after three months. Unfortunately, her unborn baby had already been expos...
  • Credit Card Rate Hikes Not Always Obvious to Consumers
    Sep-3-07 Washington, DC People like to think they know all the 'ins and outs' of the contracts they sign, but credit card contracts are often written in language that confuses consumers. Many of the clauses in the contracts give credit card companies the ability to suddenly raise credit cards rates with little or no notice to the customer. Lawsuits against some c...
  • Zoloft Causes Heartbreak for New Mothers
    Aug-28-07 Boston, MA: It has been well over a year since a study found a link between the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including Zoloft , while pregnant and the incidence of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (February 9, 2006). However, the heartbreak ex...
  • Ketek Scandal Shows Need for "Complete Overhaul" at FDA
    Aug-25-07 Washington, DC Physicians and senate investigators are calling for a major overhaul in the drug regulation process at the US Food and Drug Administration, based on the recent scandal involving approvals for the antibiotic Ketek. Ketek has been linked to liver damage in dozens of cases, some of which resulted in liver failure and death. Earlier this ye...
  • Military Personnel File Lawsuits for Training Time
    Aug-24-07 Rochester, NY Reservists may not realize that the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) protects not only people who have been called to active duty, but also those who take a leave for military training ,only to come back to their civilian job and find they have been demoted or fired . USERRA laws were designed to prot...
  • Dilantin and SJS: Victims are at "Significant Risk"
    Aug-22-07 Baltimore, MD It took doctors nearly a week to diagnose Samantha G. with Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), the potentially deadly skin disease. Because there is no official reporting structure for the syndrome in relation to drug interactions, many doctors initially miss (and misdiagnose) SJS, and may not even discontinue the medication, such as Dilantin,...
  • MRI Contrast Agents Can Cause Kidney Failure
    Aug-21-07 Los Angeles, CA When Carol G was given an MRI contrast agent she had no idea that it would so quickly cause her kidney problems to escalate. However, her doctor should have known. Unfortunately, despite Carol having serious kidney problems, her doctor allowed her to have an MRI with a gadolinium-based contrast agent, which left her in total kidney failu...
  • Doctor Told Us Fen-Phen Caused PPH
    Aug-18-07 Seattle, WA: Walter started taking fen-phen in 1995, but six months later he noticed a shortness of breath. Only this year his pulmonary doctor diagnosed PPH Primary pulmonary hypertension. "When the doctor found out Walter took fen-phen, he immediately said that was the cause," says wife Susie. "We thought we were hearing a death sentence." "When Wal...
  • Avandia FDA Mole Hawks Lethal Medication Patches
    Aug-12-07 Washington, DC: Douglas Arbesfeld, the pharmaceutical industry's mole inside the FDA, recently revealed his existence quite by accident when he attempted to destroy the reputation of cardiologist Dr. Steve Nissen by sending a malicious email to reporters after Dr. Nissen published a study that found the diabetes drug Avandia possibly increases the risk o...
  • California Employers Fear Huge Overtime Lawsuits
    Aug-10-07 San Diego, CA A nurses' strike set to begin today has been averted thanks to negotiation of a tentative three-year contract between the nurses union and Sharp HealthCare negotiators, defusing one of two bombs planted by the nurses on Sharps doorstep. Sharp was accused of not paying its California employees overtime. The San Diego Union-Tribune report...
  • More Zyprexa Lawsuits
    Aug-10-07 Indianapolis, IN A 2004 Dear Doctor letter sent from Eli Lilly to physicians in the U.S. noted the risks associated with Zyprexa . According to the letter, "Hyperglycemia, in some cases extreme and associated with ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar coma or death, has been reported in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics including Zyprexa." Now, o...
  • Trasylol Bad for the Heart and Kidneys, 10 Times More Expensive than Alternatives
    Aug-5-07 Boston, MA: A drug designed to inhibit bleeding during surgery is proving to have serious side effects. Trasylol , made by Bayer AG, can have an impact on the heart and kidney - leaving some patients on kidney dialysis, others with heart problems, and still others dead from the side effects association with Trasylol. A product derived from bovine lung...
  • California Workers Claim Millions from IBM in Lawsuit Over Unpaid Overtime
    Aug-3-07 San Francisco, CA A second class action lawsuit was filed in California in July against computer maker IBM by members of its sales force for unpaid overtime and other benefits—and if both this class action and the class action filed in May succeed, IBM will be on the hook for millions of dollars in back payments. The July class action, started b...
  • Universal Music Group IT Workers Start Class Action for Overtime Pay
    Jul-31-07 Los Angeles, CA: Information technology (IT) workers recently filed a class action against high-tech giant Universal Music Group claiming that the company wrongfully denied them overtime pay and other benefits. In the action, filed this month in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the computer and network support employees claim that the company impr...
  • To Be or Not to Be Exempt: That is the Question
    Jul-26-07 Sacramento, CA Should sales representatives be exempt from California overtime ? Former IBM employee Tom Chau thinks not. From 200 to 2004, he sold software and hardware for the giant computer maker and routinely worked more than eight hours per day and more than 40 hours per week. Because he was classified as exempt, Chau didn't receive any overtime comp...
  • Panacryl Suture: Inside an 'Adverse Incident' Report
    Jul-23-07 New Brunswick, NJ You have to wonder where the priorities are when a medical products company allegedly chooses to ignore the advice of its own million-dollar expert and releases what turns out to be a problematic product. Apparently, such was the case with the Panacryl Absorbable Suture , manufactured by the Johnson&Johnson division of Ethicon. While...
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