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Cook Hit with Another Lawsuit alleging IVC Filter injury

Cook Medical has once again been hit by a lawsuit, this one alleging a man was injured by an IVC filter that was supposed to protect him. Jerome H. from Virginia  claims he was injured by the failure of a Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by Cook Medical and William Cook Europe ApS, the Daily Hornet reports.  Jerome received the IVC filter on Oct. 14, 2016, at Sunrise Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The surgeon was Dr. Kelly R. Gardner, and the intention of its implantation was to intercept blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. If a blood clot ... Read More

Motions considered before Xarelto side effects trial

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold New is considering a several motions in next month’s Xarelto side effects bellwether trial, in particular whether the court should allow punitive damages. Plaintiff Lynn Hartman is suing Xarelto makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Germany-based Bayer for not adequately warning that use of the drug could cause major bleeding, including gastrointestinal bleeds and brain hemorrhages. The drug companies claim that either New Jersey or German law should apply to the case, which would mean Hartman would not be able to seek punitive damages. Hartman’s attorneys argue that Indiana law applies in ... Read More

Indiana Man Files Lawsuit Over Tilted IVC Filter after retrieval attempt fails

An Indiana man has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of his temporary IVC filter after it tilted and became stuck in his vein. Lance W. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was given an Option ELITE temporary inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, the Daily Hornet reports. It was implanted on May 2, 2015, by Dr. Michael E. Parker at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana located in Fort Wayne. The IVC filter was intended to prevent pulmonary embolism, a deadly condition in which a blood clot enters the heart or lungs. The IVC filter, which resembles a cage with a hook at its apex, is designed to trap blood ... Read More

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Workplace Safety Violations in 2017

Federal safety officials announced the top 10 occupational safety standards most often violated by employers in fiscal year 2017 last month at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo in Indianapolis Patrick Kapust, the Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), showed at the meeting that 2017’s preliminary list of top 10 violations closely resembles last year’s, with the top five most-frequent violations remaining the same. Violations of the general requirements required of employers to protect their workers from being seriously injured or killed by falling have occupied the number-one position on the ... Read More

Diabetes drugs may increase risk of bladder cancer

A class of Type 2 diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors come with a long list of warnings. A recent study suggests that the drugs may be linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer but not an increased risk of cancer overall. The study, conducted by scientists from Indiana University, consisted of a review of 46 clinical trials involving more than 34,000 participants. SGLT2 inhibitor medications that were reviewed as part of the study included Forxiga, Invokana, and Jardiance. Researchers looked at a variety of cancers including those affecting the skin, breast, bladder, prostate and renal system. A total of ... Read More

Amazon Worker Fatally Crushed At Indiana Facility

An investigation is underway of an Amazon worker’s tragic death at the retail giant’s Plainfield, Indiana, fulfillment center Sunday, Sept. 24. Early reports of the accident published over the weekend described it as a “forklift accident,” but few details were given. On Tuesday, the Hendricks County coroner issued an update saying that the worker, 59-year-old Phillip L. Terry, sustained multiple crushing injuries in the accident. “The most significant injuries were to his head and his torso, including multiple skull fractures and injuries to his brain,” Fox 59 Indianapolis reported, citing the coroner’s office. Toxicology tests and other lab work won’t ... Read More

Lawsuits indicate 2015 Study on Celect IVC Filters is Accurate

According to a 2015 study, 43 percent of Celect IVC filters were found to perforate the vein in two months or less. This could lead to the filter leg snaring a nearby organ, such as in the case of one woman whose filter pierced through the vein wall and stabbed through her duodenum. “The Celect filter had a significantly higher rate of strut perforation,” the study concludes. On July 31, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, a new lawsuit was filed against Cook Medical, the maker of the Celect retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, The Daily Hornet reports. ... Read More

OriGen recalls defective catheters

OriGen Biomedical is recalling two lots of its VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters because the clear extension tube may separate from the hub that it is inserted in, which could cause damage or impairment to the patient if there is not immediate intervention. To date, one adverse event related to these recalled products has been reported. The VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters that fall under the recall include lot number N18487, with the manufacture date of Aug. 14, 2014, and the expiration date of Aug. 30, 2018; and the not number 18487-1, with the manufacture date of April ... Read More

Five Alabama cities among most opioid addicted in country

Four Alabama cities rank among the top 15 cities with the highest rate of opioid abuse in the U.S. The list was compiled by health care information company Castlight Health, which used anonymous data on medical and pharmacy claims to determine which parts of the U.S. were hardest hit by the opioid crisis. The results shed a grim light on Alabama, one of the states where physicians aren’t required to check a database before writing a prescription for opioids, and other portions of the South. Nearly a third of all opioid prescriptions are abused, which translates to higher health costs ... Read More

Tow Truck Driver’s Leg Amputated after Tractor-Trailer Hit and Run

Indiana law enforcement is on the hunt for the driver of a tractor-trailer that struck and severely injured a tow truck driver on an Indianapolis interstate Friday before driving off. According to WISH Channel 8 Indianapolis, Jack Deaton, 53, was preparing to tow a disabled vehicle from the right shoulder of Interstate 70 East when a tractor-trailer plowed into him about 2 a.m. Dashcam video from inside Mr. Deaton’s tow truck shows debris flying after impact as the tractor-trailer at fault speeds off down the highway. The truck, described as a black cab with a white trailer, has no visible ... Read More