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Lawsuits Alleging Birth Defects Filed Against Effexor®

According to a recent report, several lawsuits against Effexor® are being filed in federal courts nationwide alleging that the manufacturer – Pfizer – failed to adequately warn patients and the medical community about the potential risk of birth defects that children may suffer if Effexor® is used during pregnancy. Effexor® (venlafaxine) is a widely-used antidepressant […]

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Fracking Linked to Contaminated Water in Pennsylvania

According to a recent study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, drilling sites may be contaminating some nearby drinking water wells in the Northeast. A research team from Duke University analyzed 141 drinking water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania and detected methane in 82% of drinking water samples. Average concentrations of methane were […]

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Class I Recall Issued for Symbios GOPump and GOBlock Kits

A Class I Recall has been issued for Symbios GOPump Rapid Recovery System Kits and GOBlock Kits due to the potential for excessively high flow rates that can lead to serious illness or death. The recall is aimed at kits manufactured with flow control components assembled prior to July 2012. The Symbios GOPump Rapid Recovery System […]

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DaVita Healthcare Partners Sued in GranuFlo® Cardiac Arrest Lawsuits

Four class action lawsuits have been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado against DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., a company that provides dialysis services to patients with kidney failure and end stage renal disease. The suits allege that operators should have known about the potential for alkali dosing errors associated […]

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Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP Investigating DuPont C8 Lawsuits

The law firm of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP is investigating claims for individuals residing in southern Ohio and West Virginia who may have been exposed to the toxic chemical perfluorooctanoate, or C8, in their drinking water. On April 8, 2013, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that all such cases filed […]

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Update: Nuclear Waste Contamination in St. Louis Area to be Addressed by EPA

The West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, MO contains radiologically-contaminated wastes deposited there in the 1970s, as part of Mallinckrodt Chemical Company’s involvement with the Manhattan Project—specifically, uranium processing. In recent weeks, citizens have grown concerned that a fire burning underground at the Bridgeton Landfill could reach the radioactive waste. See our previous blog post for […]

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Yaz® and Yasmin® Birth Control Pills Linked to 23 Deaths in Canada

According to a recent report, Health Canada has received reports of 23 young Canadian women who died while using either Yaz® or Yasmin®, which are combination oral contraceptives. Over half of the reported deaths involved women under the age of 26 and as young as age 14. Most of the deaths occurred shortly after the […]

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Lawsuits Against Tennessee Healthcare Providers who provided Steroid Shots causing Meningitis will Remain in Tennessee State Courts

According to a recent report, plaintiffs who filed lawsuits in Tennessee state court against the healthcare providers who provided tainted methylprednisolone acetate shots received a victory when United States District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor ruled that their suits may remain in state court, as opposed to being transferred to the United Stated District Court […]

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FDA Advisory Panel Recommends to Decrease Safety Restrictions on Avandia®

According to a recent report, on May 31, 2013, an advisory panel issued a non-binding recommendation to the FDA to decrease safety restrictions on Avandia®, a type-2 diabetes oral medication. The recommendation from the advisory panel is based on new data suggesting that the drug may not increase a patient’s risk of heart attack as […]

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Infuse® Bone Graft Lawsuits on the Rise

Once considered a groundbreaking means of replacing damaged or diseased bone by stimulating bone growth, the Infuse® Bone Graft – manufactured by Medtronic – is now the target of lawsuits alleging that the device causes life-threatening complications when used for off-label purposes. The Infuse® Bone Graft was initially approved by the FDA in 2002 for […]

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