Product News and Recalls

Texas Law Leads to Drop in Hip Implant Award

depuy hip implant award slashed on Texas lawA $500 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy hip implant unit was slashed by nearly $350 million, based primarily on a Texas statute that limits amounts that can be recovered in punitive damages.

Earlier this year, five plaintiffs were awarded half a billion dollars for complications stemming from the use of the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant. $140 million was compensatory while $360 million was awarded as ...

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Takata CEO to Resign

takata ceo to resign after airbag scandal“I don’t intend to hold on to my position. Once I’ve delivered this company to a place where it’s not at risk of faltering, I want to pass the baton.” With those words, Shigehisa Takada announced his intent to resign as CEO of embattled airbag manufacturer Takata.

The resignation should come as no surprise. Widely criticized for leaving a vacuum of leadership when the airbag crisis struck, Mr. Takada ...

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New Research Links Proton Pump Inhibitors and Kidney Damage

PPI use associated with kidney failureSounding more like a piece from a spaceship than a class of drugs, proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are most widely used to treat gastric or digestive distress. Those with frequent bouts of heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, and other ailments have almost certainly sought relief via a proton pump inhibitor at some point.

Numbers on the use of PPIs can be hard to come by. For example, we know that 2013 saw ...

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Threats to Back Seat Passengers Emerge as Senate Questions Car Seat Safety

senate questions safety of back seat passengersA car’s tires, according to the old adage, are “where the rubber meets the road.” However, another component of the vehicle is equally as important for passenger safety, and scrutiny from two U.S. senators is showing that the component is not nearly as secure as most are led to believe.

It’s your car seat – the very thing responsible for supporting your body within the confines of your vehicle. And evidence ...

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Third Death Leads to Recall of Ikea’s MALM Dressers

ikea to recall 29 million malm dressersIkea announced a recall of its MALM dressers and other popular models on June 28 following the death of a third toddler earlier this year. According to the recall notice issued by the furniture giant, “the recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children.” The notice goes ...

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CDC: FluMist No Longer a Viable Vaccination Method

cdc recommends against flumistThe injection-averse will be less than pleased to learn that the CDC is recommending against the use of the FluMist flu vaccine for this year’s flu season. Why?

According to a flu expert at the agency: “We could find no evidence [the spray] was effective.”

The news will impact more than those that simply preferred the nasal spray delivery methodology offered by FluMist. Licensed and marketed by AstraZeneca since 2003, the CDC’s Advisory Panel ...

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