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Woman alleges serious injuries from Cook Medical IVC filter

In November 2012, when Donna Newsome was 48, she was implanted with a tiny, cage-like device designed to capture blood clots that may arise following back surgery before they reach the heart. The device, called an IVC filter, specifically called a Cook Celect IVC filter, was implanted in her inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart. It was intended to be a short-term remedy. One month after being implanted with the device, Donna suffered a pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in her lung. It was found within the right lower lobe of her pulmonary ... Read More

Bard faces first IVC bellwether trial in March

The first bellwether trial among thousands pending in a multidistrict litigation centralized in the U.S. District Court of Arizona blaming C.R. Bard’s blood clot catching device for serious injuries and death is scheduled to begin March 14, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Daivd G. Campbell. The lawsuits allege that C.R. Bard failed to warn doctors or patients about dangerous side effects associated with its IVC filters, small, cage-like devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC), a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. They are designed to capture blood clots before ... Read More

Intel Plaintiffs Want Class Actions Consolidated In California

Plaintiffs in a proposed class of consumers suing Intel over its “Meltdown” and “Spectre” flaws are urging the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate five lawsuits in California’s Northern District. The plaintiffs allege that Intel’s security patch for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, which potentially allow hackers to access the contents of computer systems and smartphones, slows computer processing speeds. According to Law 360, two plaintiffs filed a putative class action against Intel in California’s Northern District within a day that news of the Intel microprocessor vulnerabilities broke. Those initial lawsuits were followed by three additional class actions that ... Read More

Tractor-Trailers, Greyhound Crash on Kentucky Highway, Injuring 21

Nearly two dozen people were injured in a highway pileup in Kentucky Tuesday, Jan. 16, involving multiple vehicles, including two tractor-trailers and a Greyhound bus. Bowling Green, Kentucky’s WBKO Channel 13 reported that preliminary investigations found that winter weather conditions played a role in the accident, which occurred before 6 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-65 near Bonnieville, Kentucky. According to Kentucky State Troopers, a tractor-trailer driven by Kenith Miller, 54, of Tampa, Florida, was traveling on I-65 southbound when he struck a Kentucky Transportation Department Safety Patrol truck that was parked in the right emergency lane to assist ... Read More

Measles Exposures Possible at Two Major U.S. airports, Health Officials Warn

Public health officials are warning air passengers and others who passed through two major U.S. airports of a potential exposure to measles due to infected international travelers. Airport authorities at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport have reported passengers that may have spread the measles virus to other people in the airport. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), anyone who visited O’Hare on the morning or afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 10 and who has not had a measles vaccination may need to be tested after a passenger with a confirmed case of the highly ... Read More

Blood thinner recalled over drug ingredient mixup

International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of the blood thinner Clopidogrel because the pills may contain the cholesterol-lowering statin Simvastatin instead. The recall affects Lot # 117099A of Clopidogrel Tabloets, USP 75mg, packaged in bottles of 30 tablets. The affected lot was delivered to distribution centers in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, California and Maryland, and then distributed to retail stores throughout the U.S. Patients prescribed Clopidogrel, the active drug ingredient in Plavix, who miss doses of this medication are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, both of which can be life threatening. Additionally, unintentional consumption of Simvastatin, ... Read More

Man sues Cook Medical alleging debilitating IVC filter injuries

Daniel Shafer was 54 when, in October 2011, he was implanted with Cook Medical’s blood clot capturing device prior to back surgery. Shafer had a history of deep vein thrombosis and had difficulty staying in therapeutic levels with his blood thinner, warfarin. The clot catcher Shafer was implanted with was the Cook Celect IVC filter. The tiny, cage-like device is implanted into the inferior vena cava, or IVC, a large vein in the body that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart. The device is designed to catch blood clots traveling from the lower limbs before they reach the heart or ... Read More

Orange cream bars recalled due to Listeria scare

Boxes of Tops brand Orange Cream Bars and Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars may look innocent enough with adorable animals posing next to the tasty treats. But buyer beware. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation, maker of the products, has issued a recall of 20 cases of the Tops brand product and 320 cases of Meijer Purple Cow brand cream bars because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The nasty organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. While healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as ... Read More

Woman sues Cook Medical over alleged IVC filter injuries

Ginger Sumner filed a lawsuit against Cook Medical alleging the company’s implantable blood clot filter perforated her internal organs, fractured inside her body, embolized in her lung, and parts of it sill remain lodged in her lung and spine. Sumner has a blood clotting disorder called protein S deficiency, which makes her more susceptible to blood clots, especially those in the deep veins of her legs. When her anticoagulant therapy proved unsuccessful at treating her deep vein thrombosis, she was implanted with a Cook Celect Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter in July 2010. She was 52 at the time. An ... Read More

Romaine Lettuce A Possible Suspect in Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Health authorities in the U.S. and Canada are working to identify the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened people in 13 states and several Canadian provinces. So far, romaine lettuce appears to be a possible culprit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak of the E. coli 0157:H7 strain there. In the U.S., state and local public health officials are interviewing people sickened on this side of the border to determine whether there is a correlation to Canada’s ... Read More