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Johnson and Johnson wants to conceal failure to preserve evidence in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson is asking a West Virginia federal judge not to allow the plaintiff in an upcoming bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh to tell jurors that the company failed to preserve evidence. Johnson & Johnson claims the issue is no longer relevant to the case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Eifert found the consumer health care giant had lost potential evidence in the case and suggested that jurors may need to hear about circumstances such as when a plaintiff’s physician relied on evidence provided by a sales representative whose records were destroyed. The ... Read More

IUD, most effective birth control method, carries risks

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than birth control pills, the patch or vaginal rings, because the device virtually eliminates the risk of human error, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, women should be aware of the risks before deciding on a method of birth control. IUDs are devices that are implanted in the cervix during a doctor’s office visit. They are small T-shaped devices that use either copper or hormones to prevent fertilization. There are three devices approved for use in the United States, including the ... Read More

Fresenius urges dialysis patients to get flu shots despite mounting GranuFlo lawsuits

Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, is strongly encouraging dialysis patients to get a flu shot. The company is even offering free flu vaccinations to all of its dialysis patients and employees, a generous offer considering the company’s poor track record with communicating important health issues to patients and staff. The company is currently facing numerous wrongful death, personal injury and false advertising lawsuits stemming from its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The products are used to help balance electrolytes in the blood during dialysis. One of the ingredients in the solutions converts to ... Read More

USDA allows poultry plants linked to salmonella outbreak to stay open

Foster Farms, the poultry farm identified as the source of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella poisonings, was forced to explain to federal authorities how it plans to stop the rash of illnesses or else three of its slaughterhouses would be shut down. The warning letter highlighted unsanitary conditions at the plants and cited a dozen instances this year in which feces was found on carcasses. The company was able to show the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) satisfactory plans to improve conditions, thus the plants will remain operational for now. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service also did not ... Read More

Diabetes drugs may not increase heart problems but could pose cancer risk

Studies involving different type 2 diabetes drugs show no evidence that the medications cause heart attacks and strokes, however they do not improve cardiovascular outcomes in patients either. Some medications also pose cancer risks. The first study compared the drug saxagliptin, marketed in the United States as Onglyza, with a placebo in patients who had type 2 diabetes and were considered at high risk for a cardiovascular event. Another study pitted the drug alogliptin, marketed as Nesina, against placebo. Researchers recorded incidences of cardiovascular death, heart attack or ischemic stroke as well as hospitalizations for unstable angina, coronary revascularization or ... Read More

Some type 2 diabetes medications linked to increased risk of heart failure

New studies suggest two type 2 diabetes drugs do not increase the risk of heart attack, but may increase the risk of heart failure. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to part of the heart is blocked for a long enough time to cause damage or death to part of the heart muscle. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Both conditions can be deadly. Cardiovascular risks with diabetes medications have made headlines in recent years since the blockbuster diabetes drug Avandia was linked to fatal heart ... Read More

Personal injury lawsuits mount against maker of Mirena IUD

More than 70,000 complaints have been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2000 regarding the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), a Scripps investigation reveals. Many of the reports involve serious complications including device dislocation and perforations. Some complications required hospitalizations and/or surgical procedures. The Mirena IUD, made by Bayer Healthcare, is a flexible, T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix. It releases a steady dose of the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual cycles in women who use IUDs for contraception. It is one of two IUDs approved in the United ... Read More

Canadian woman files $5 million lawsuit against transvaginal mesh maker

A Canadian woman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the makers of her transvaginal mesh implant alleging the device caused her debilitating pain and extreme psychological stress. Virginia Corkum of Halifax was implanted with the Gynecare Tension Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator to treat a common condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. The device, also known as a bladder sling, holds up organs that have dropped over time due to childbirth, obesity or age, in order to relive symptoms such as urinary incontinence and general discomfort. Corkum had the device implanted in 2008, and immediately thereafter suffered pain in her pelvis ... Read More

Diarrhea-causing parasite spreads across country, contaminated produce suspected

At least 321 people in 14 states and New York City have become infected with Cyclospora, a parasite that can contaminate produce and cause gastrointestinal symptoms in people who consume it. At least 18 people have been hospitalized since the first cases were reported in mid-June. No deaths have been reported. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have yet to identify the source of the outbreak, although previous outbreaks have been linked to produce. The parasite is typically found in the tropics and not indigenous to the United States, which suggests the culprit could be produce ... Read More

More children injured by falling TVs

The number of Children in the United States injured by falling television sets has climbed exponentially over the past two decades, bringing to light a serious yet preventable issue that researchers say should be addressed. A repor, published in a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics found that between 1990 and 2011, more than 380,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for TV-related injuries. Falling TVs were responsible for half of the injuries. The second most common cause of TV-related injuries was from children striking at them. The report did not include data on TV injury-related fatalities. Injuries from falling TVs ... Read More