Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thousands may need revision surgery to replace bad artificial hip

November 30, 2010 Pharmaceutical

Thousands of the 93,000 people who received artificial hips made by DePuy Orthopedics will have to have surgery to have their implants replaced because the products can dislocate, come loose, or cause bone fractures. The affected parts include the ASR ... Read More

Historical food safety bill passes Senate

November 30, 2010 Product Liability

The U.S. Senate today passed a sweeping overhaul of the country’s food safety system, a move triggered by the steadily growing number of food-borne illness outbreaks occurring throughout the country. If signed into law, the Food Safety Modernization Act will ... Read More

Study on HIV drug halted as World AIDS Day gears up

November 30, 2010 Product Liability

Merck announced it will end a study of its HIV drug Isentress after early results showed that a once-daily treatment was less effective than the currently approved twice-daily dosage. The once-daily version would have been a convenient option to HIV-positive ... Read More

Federal judge gives a green light to sudden acceleration lawsuits

November 29, 2010 Consumer Fraud

A federal judge in Santa Ana, California dealt Toyota a major legal blow when he rejected the automaker’s petition to have all class-action lawsuits seeking damages related to sudden-unintended-acceleration (SUA) issues thrown out. ... Read More

Scientists say BP oil spill likely culprit in massive coral die-off

November 29, 2010 Environmental

According to National Geographic magazine, scientists discovered a massive deep-sea coral die-off this month about 7 miles southwest of the site where BP’s blown-out well spewed millions of gallons of crude oil for months. ... Read More

Trucker hits and destroys a Pennsylvania bridge … again

November 29, 2010 Personal Injury

A report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette demonstrates the considerable costs to society when commercial trucking companies fail to take industry rules and regulations seriously. On Thursday, the paper reported that a driver who ignored a sign on Interstate 70 just ... Read More

FDA postpones decision to approve experimental MS treatment

November 29, 2010 Product Liability

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will take more time to decide whether to approve Merck KGaA’s Cladribine, an oral medication to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The agency had given the drug Priority Review status in July, ... Read More

Malfunctioning hearing devices recalled, may shock wearer

November 29, 2010 Recalls

Cochlear implants used to provide a sense of sound to people who are profoundly deaf or hard of hearing are being recalled by the manufacturer because the devices may malfunction and cause recipients to experience severe pain, overly loud sounds, and/or shocking sensations 8-10 days after the device was activated. ... Read More

Clinical trials to begin on stem cell treatment for eye disease

November 25, 2010 Pharmaceutical

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the way for clinical trials to begin on a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells designed to treat children with a form of macular degeneration known as Stargardt’s macular dystrophy. This ... Read More

feds announce CSA 2010 changes after trucking industry feedback

November 24, 2010 Personal Injury

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced revisions to its Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 safety measurement program, the federal initiative designed to improve large truck and bus safety and reduce the number of commercial motor vehicle (CMV)-related crashes, ... Read More