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North Carolina senate supports measure to shield drug makers from personal injury claims

The North Carolina Senate has approved an amendment to a bill that would give pharmaceutical companies protection against litigation regarding adverse effects from their drugs if they have previously warned of specific side effects and followed all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules. If the legislation becomes law, North Carolina consumers would likely have a more difficult time suing drug companies for injuries caused by their products. Supporters say the measure will put drug companies on equal footing with consumers. Opponents disagree, saying the move could hurt people who hare harmed by side effects that emerge after a drug is ... Read More

Maine woman sues makers of transvaginal mesh

Dory Ames from Maine is one of the latest women to file a lawsuit against the makers of transvaginal mesh claiming the device caused serious injuries. Manufacturers of these bladder slings face tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging the companies marketed the devices knowing they were defective and could cause harm to women. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders known as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped or protruded due to childbirth, age, weight gain, or ... Read More

Pipeline rupture leaves section of California City knee-deep in oil

Half a square mile of Glendale, Calif., in Los Angeles County is knee-deep in crude oil after an estimated 10,000 gallons of crude oil escaped from a ruptured above-ground pipeline in the early morning hours on Friday. The Los Angeles Fire Department said that it had crews in the area “hand vacuuming” the spilled oil, “mopping what’s left behind, and pressure washing the area with a sap solution,” according to Reuters. The leak was first reported about 12:15 a.m. Pacific time in the 5100 block of San Fernando Road and shot up to 50 feet in the air, according to ... Read More

3 medical devices that can harm you

Medical devices are vitally important to the industry. They vary in complexity and application, from tongue depressors and disposable gloves to implants and prostheses. Because they are used to diagnose, prevent or treat disease or other conditions, these items are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure their safety and efficacy. However, this does not guarantee the devices don’t have hidden design flaws that can cause serious health risks. Here are three commonly used medical devices that were designed to help people, but ultimately caused more harm that good: 1. Transvaginal mesh – Also known as vaginal ... Read More

Bipolar med Risperdal linked to breast tissue growth in young men, boys

The bipolar medication Risperdal has been linked to serious problems in young men and boys, a Butler University researcher has found. Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. It is also approved for the treatment of irritability in children and adolescents with autism. It is not approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, Tourette’s syndrome, or dementia, though it has been used off-label to treat those conditions. An investigation into the drug was launched as a result of ... Read More

Walmart settles criminal pollution charges in California for $81 million

Walmart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for illegally dumping hazardous waste into landfills and down sewer drains across California. The retail giant has agreed to pay $81 million to resolve the charges, which it has been fighting in court for nearly a decade. According to the Associated Press, Walmart entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco. The agreement also resolves similar criminal pollution charges in Missouri. Twenty prosecutors and 32 environmental groups were involved in the litigation against Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and private employer. Three years ago, the company agreed to pay $27.6 ... Read More

Exxon’s oil spill cleanup making Arkansas wetlands worse, group charges

Exxon Mobil’s methods of cleaning up the oil spill unleashed on an Arkansas neighborhood by its ruptured Pegasus pipeline March 29 could be doing more harm than good, says an environmental group that opposes the shipment of Canadian tar sands through cross-country U.S. pipelines. According to Tar Sands Blockade, members of the group went to document the oil spill over the weekend and found “in order to get the tar sands out of the neighborhood where it spilled and out of sight and into one place for cleanup, Exxon power-washed the excess into a wetland area which had already been ... Read More

Testimony: Johnson and Johnson ignored warnings that DePuy hip implant was defective

A doctor working as a consultant for Johnson & Johnson warned company executives in 2008 that the ASR hip replacement system made by J&J subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics was poorly designed and suggested the company slow its marketing of the device until it discovered why the hip implant was hurting so many patients. The warning fell on deaf ears. It wasn’t until two years later, after several other doctor-consultants for the company pressed the issue with J&J that the consumer health care products giant issued a recall of the ASR artificial hip. In that time, literally thousands of patients worldwide underwent ... Read More

Woman’s creaking hip was first sign of trouble with defective hip implant

Judy White felt her body was as fragile as an eggshell when she walked across her garden or knelt down to pick up a flower pot. The creaking that radiated from her leg made her even more concerned that the “worn out” hip she had replaced in order to make her more mobile might have actually caused her more harm that good. White, who had received the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL metal-on-metal hip replacement system, had to undergo revision surgery to have her faulty hip implant replaced. When White learned that the device that had been implanted in her body ... Read More

Unqualified x-ray technologists commonly blast patients with dangerous radiation doses

The New York Times published a disturbing report Monday that calls the safety of x-ray machines into question, not just for the amount of radiation they expose patients to, but because often the technicians running these powerful machines don’t know how to use them properly. As a consequence, millions of patients receiving routine x-rays may be getting hazardous doses of radiation as well. To his absolute horror, Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani, who heads a department at the State University of New York Downtown Medical Center in Brooklyn, discovered that many newborn babies who were to receive simple chest x-rays ... Read More