Posts Tagged 'Product Liability'

BMJ Report: Replacement Hips Expose Patients to Potentially Toxic Metals

A report today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) alleges that metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery has potentially exposed hundreds of thousands of patients around the world to toxic substances.

The report, dated Feb. 28, 2012, states that patients have been misled about their participation in “what has effectively been a large uncontrolled experiment.”

The hip replacement joints in question employ a cobalt-chromium alloy rather than ceramic or polyethylene. The BMJ report states that the procedure has been used close to a million ...

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Bosch/Tassimo Coffee Makers Recalled for Causing Burns

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that several models of Bosch/Tassimo Coffee Makers are being  recalled because they have caused numerous burns. To date, 140 people have reported that the coffee disks have burst while they were making coffee. Boiling water is is then sprayed in front of the machine. Thirty-seven people suffered second degree burns, and a 10-year-old girl was hospitalized.

If you have any of the models ...

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PA Supreme Court Refuses to Throw out Yaz Lawsuits

King’s Bench Petition Denied

Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Bayer’s King’s Bench Petition in the Yaz/Yasmin litigation. In plain English, this means that these lawsuits, many of which were pending since 2009, and which were put on hold late last year, can now go forward.

Some Background

Several thousand women from across the country have sued Bayer in state Court in Philadelphia. The basis of the lawsuit is that Bayer Corporation, and its subsidiaries, which ...

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Start-up companies provide better access to FDA drug/device side-effect database

Two new start-up companies now allow users to search the Food and Drug Administration’s drug and device databases to see side-effects and malfunctions experienced by others. For years, the FDA has accepted reports from patients, doctors, and manufacturers, and stored detailed information as part of its effort to monitor the thousands of drugs and medical devices in use across the country. While the data are available on its web site, a user is required to download dozens of large files ...

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More Details About the FDA Advisory Committee Vote on Yaz: Majority Have Concerns

Background

On December 8, 2011, an FDA advisory committee held hearings on the safety of Yaz and Yasmin. After nearly a full day of testimony, the committee voted 21-5 that the information about the risks of Yaz provided to doctors and patients were inadequate. The panel voted narrowly, however, that the benefits outweigh the risks overall, and therefore voted not to remove Yaz from the market. The second vote was 15-11.

In the weeks following ...

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2012 Yaz settlement?

With the recent Yaz settlement news, people are starting to wonder whether there will be a Yaz settlement in 2012. In early January two judges involved in the litigation put trial deadlines on hold and ordered mediation. The both sides were ordered to attempt to negotiation a Yaz settlement in good faith.

To date, there has been no additional public information released regarding a Yaz settlement in 2012, but no news is probably good ...

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