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  • Transvaginal Mesh Makers in Deeper Trouble
    Aug-17-12 Dallas, TX How do women with transvaginal mesh implants react when they discover that the faulty medical device was cleared by the FDA without ordering sanctions? It must be especially egregious to those women who had a vaginal mesh implant made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. “I am just so angry about getting implanted with...
  • Hyundai Announces Airbag Recall
    Aug-10-12 Detroit, MI Hyundai has announced vehicle recalls linked to problems with defective airbags . In all, more than 220,000 cars are affected by the recall, which was announced after Hyundai determined there were flaws in the passenger side airbag and the side curtain airbags. According to reports, the first recall involves a defect in which the airbag d...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Fentanyl Patch Maker
    Jul-6-12 Philadelphia, PA Another lawsuit has been filed against the maker of a fentanyl pain patch alleging the patch was dangerous and caused the death of a woman. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed by the deceased's sister, was filed against the makers of fentanyl patches, including Alza Corp., Sandoz Inc and Novartis. Fentanyl, sold under the Duragesic pain...
  • Accutane and Depression—Jury Still Out?
    Jul-6-12 Mobile, AL Like countless teens, Matthew was prescribed Accutane to treat acne. He had no idea his prescription came with side effects such as Accutane Ulcerative Colitis or Accutane inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Nor did he know that Accutane acne medication was associated with depression until years after he stopped taking it. “My mum to...
  • Tylenol and Acetaminophen Toxicity a Growing Problem
    Jun-20-12 Toronto, ON The trouble with heritage medications is, like comfort food or a favorite sweater, they can lull you into a false sense of comfort and security. And who would have thought that when acetaminophen was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) way back in 1951, we would one day be talking about Tylenol liver damage and other...
  • For Memorial Day Safety, Statistics Aren't on Your Side
    May-21-12 Santa Cruz, CA The approach of Memorial Day heralds the start of the busy summer season, when families do most of their leisure time and other activity together (as opposed to separately). And yet, as welcome as the onset of Memorial Day is, there is an underlying current of caution… Disaster can happen—be it on the roads, in a pool, at an...
  • Fatal Fentanyl Flaws
    Apr-15-12 Los Angeles, CA With officials warning about the dangers of Duragesic side effects , specifically the risk of Duragesic fentanyl overdose, questions are being asked about the safety of fentanyl patches. The pain patches, which experts say are far more powerful than morphine, have been linked to accidental deaths and wrongful death lawsuits after patient...
  • File Asbestos Drilling Mud Lawsuit Sooner Than Later
    Apr-12-12 Baton Rouge, LA Current and former oil industry employees, including mud engineers, who worked with asbestos drilling mud should be tested for asbestos-related disease and file a drilling mud lawsuit sooner than later. A number of asbestos mud workers have developed respiratory problems that may develop into a life-threatening disease such as asbest...
  • Another Fentanyl Lawsuit Filed
    Mar-20-12 Pittsburgh, PA Another fentanyl lawsuit alleging a patient died after being prescribed fentanyl patches has been filed. The lawsuit claims the fentanyl product—often sold in a Duragesic patch—was defective, leading to the patient's death. According to the Pennsylvania Record (1/5/12), the lawsuit was filed by Jose Campuzano, after the...
  • Patients Left with Bjork Shiley Valves Implanted
    Feb-10-12 Detroit, MI When recalls of products are announced, consumers are often relieved to have a potentially dangerous product out of their home, but when products like the Bjork Shiley Heart Valve are taken off the market, patients often wind up with even greater concerns. The Bjork Shiley valve was removed from the market because of concerns about serious...
  • 12 Million Bottles of Motrin Recalled
    Dec-22-11 Washington, DC McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNeil PPC Inc. (McNeil) has announced a recall of certain lots of Motrin IB 24 count coated caplets, Motrin IB 24 count coated tablets and Motrin IB 24+6 count coated caplets from retailers. The recall involves 12 million bottles of the pain reliever. The products were distributed in the Unite...
  • Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants: Colossal Failure?
    Oct-13-11 Vancouver, BC Sukinder has been living with chronic pain and walking with a limp since having metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery several years ago. "My orthopedic surgeon said the hip revision surgery is fine, but I know it isn't fine, and now, years later, I find out about metal-on-metal hip and knee recalls…" Sukinder was only 38 when h...
  • "Boomeritis" Buying into Hip and Knee Implants—but at What Cost?
    May-25-11 New York, NY: Hip and knee replacements are one of the biggest moneymakers for medical device manufacturers, but at what price to hip and knee implant recipients? Judging from the recent metal-on-metal knee and hip recalls and mass tort litigation against device manufacturers including Stryker, Smith & Nephew, Howmedica and more, countless patients...
  • FDA Orders Post-Market Testing from Hip Implant Manufacturers
    May-13-11 Washington, DC Issues surrounding hip replacement recalls and lawsuits—including DePuy Hip Replacement —will be refocused in the public consciousness yet again after a telling move by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require manufacturers of problematic hips to conduct post-market testing on their products. According to The N...
  • Are Zimmer Cutbacks Related to Zimmer Knee Replacement Problems?
    May-11-11 Warsaw, IN In spite of the appearance of healthy sales in the last quarter of 2010, Zimmer—the manufacturer of Zimmer Knee Replacement —recently implemented a number of "organizational changes as part of the company's transformation initiatives to accelerate growth and customer focus." However, those changes involved the elimination of posit...
  • Johnson & Johnson Reports Strong Sales despite Levaquin Side Effects
    Apr-29-11 New York, NY Despite studies that have shown serious Levaquin side effects , sales of the antibiotic rose 17 percent to $434 million last quarter, reports Reuters . According to the news provider, Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Levaquin, reported overall quarterly earnings that were stronger than expected, particularly as the company has b...
  • How Badly Has the DePuy Hip Recall Hurt Johnson & Johnson?
    Apr-7-11 Helena, MT Lawsuits may be piling up against Johnson & Johnson following their DePuy hip replacement recall, but it is an article in Bloomberg Businessweek that just might have people talking. The DePuy hip recall was announced after reports of an unexpectedly high failure rate in the hips, leaving patients at risk of DePuy hip revision surgery...
  • FDA Warns of Topamax Birth Defects
    Apr-1-11 Washington, DC The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced recently that new data indicates the potential for Topamax birth defects in children born to women taking the anti-seizure treatment, according to the Dow Jones Newswires . The news source reports that as a result of the new information, the FDA has decided to strengthen its warning...
  • 34,000 Bottles of Tylenol 8 Hour Extended Release Recalled
    Mar-30-11 Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson has announced yet another recall - this time it involves 34,000 bottles of Tylenol 8 Hour Extended Release Caplets. This brings the total of products recalled by J&J and its subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare, to 300 million medication and medical products over the past 15 months, Drugwatch.com reports...
  • DePuy President Resigns amid Hip Replacement Recall and Lawsuits
    Mar-19-11 Warsaw, IN The president of Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics unit recently resigned to pursue other interests amid the company's hip replacement recall and resulting lawsuits in the US and Canada, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to the news provider, David Floyd, who has been president of DePuy since 2007, will leave the compa...
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