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Three New IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed Against Rex Medical and Argon Medical

Three new lawsuits have been filed over failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filters manufactured by Rex Medical, and marketed and distributed by Argon Medical Devices. The complaints allege one IVC filter resulted in life-threatening injuries, one resulted in extensive medical treatment, and one resulted in death. IVC filters are devices inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and are designed to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs. Permanent filters have a sturdier design, while temporary or retrievable IVC filters have a weaker design, leading to a high number of failures. The temporary filters ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Injures Honda Fit Driver in Japan

A driver in Japan was injured by a Takata airbag that exploded in a Honda Fit, Honda Motor Co said Tuesday. Few details about the incident were given, but Honda said the explosion occurred late last month in the passenger-side airbag in one of its Fit compact multi-purpose vehicles. As with so many other Takata airbag malfunctions, the airbag in this incident reportedly behaved more like a bomb than a life-saving safety device, blasting metal shrapnel into the vehicle and causing slight burns to the driver’s leg. Fortunately the driver in this case was able to escape serious injury. Had ... Read More

Essure sterilization linked to 10-fold risk of re-operation

Just weeks after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was reviewing risks of the permanent birth control insert Essure after a sharp increase in the number of complaints, a new study shows that women who have the inserts implanted are 10 times more likely to need follow up surgery compared to sterilization through other methods. Essure was approved in 2002 and remains the only FDA-approved non-surgical permanent contraceptive method available in the United States. The device is a flexible coil that is permanently placed in each fallopian tube, where they prevent pregnancy by working with the body to ... Read More

New reporting requirements could mean fewer work-related deaths and injuries

The New Year brought a significant change to the American workplace as new, stricter rules went into effect January 1 designed to reduce work-related deaths and injuries. In particular, the new regulations mandate employers report all work-related amputations, eye loss, and in-patient hospitalizations of workers within 24 hours. Under the old rules, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) required employers only to report fatalities on the job and accidents in which three or more workers were injured. Employers are expected to report work-related deaths within eight hours under the new rules. “We believe the updated reporting requirements are not simply ... Read More

Endo to acquire new testosterone replacement treatment Natesto

Just days after Endo International agreed to pay $400 million to settle thousands of lawsuits alleging its transvaginal mesh device was defective and caused women injuries, the company announced it has entered an agreement to acquire the rights to Natesto, a testosterone replacement treatment in the form of a nasal gel, from Trimel BioPharma SRL. The transaction is expected to be completed by early 2015. Endo is one of several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh facing litigation. The devices are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. They have been associated with serious injuries including erosion, organ protrusion, ... Read More

Commercial truck safety improvements slow to become law despite rise in crashes

Two high-profile commercial truck crashes this year have re-ignited calls for new rules that would enhance highway safety for tractor trailers, but federal regulators have been slow to act, Bloomberg reports. On June 17, 30 Rock star and Saturday Night Live veteran Tracy Morgan was critically injured when an allegedly fatigued Walmart driver plowed his tractor trailer into Mr. Morgan’s limo van. In addition to injuring Mr. Morgan, the collision killed comedian James McNair and critically injured three others. Then on Sept. 26, a tractor trailer driving north on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma ran across the median into the southbound ... Read More

Two lawsuits filed against truck carrier and driver over deadly college bus crash

One wrongful-death and one personal-injury lawsuit have been filed against a commercial trucking company and driver in the wake of a tragic Sept. 26 crash that killed four members of a college softball team and injured a dozen others in Oklahoma. On Tuesday, the parents of 20-year-old Brooke Deckard filed a lawsuit in Tarrant County against Nashville, Tenn.-based Quickway Carriers and driver Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas. Brooke was one of the four members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team killed when Mr. Staley’s truck crossed the median on Interstate 35 and struck the team’s bus ... Read More

DOJ seeks to shut down operations at pharmaceutical supply company after reports of infection

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving to shut down Pharmaceutical Innovations, a Newark, N.J.-based company blamed for producing ultrasound gel that caused infections in 16 patients. The DOJ, working on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), filed a complaint against the company and its president and owner, Gilbert Buchalter, seeking an injunction to halt operations at the plant until it resolves violations to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The DOJ claims the company produced the gel used in ultrasound tests without following proper manufacturing practices, failed to obtain proper approval before distributing its products, and ... Read More

Lengthy arrest record, safety violations, naked woman found in truck that hit Florida school bus

A logging truck slammed into the back of a school bus Monday afternoon in Starke, Fla., sending seven children and the bus driver to the hospital. At least one of the children on the bus was seriously injured. The crash occurred just after 2:30 p.m. on U.S. 301 just south of the Lawtey community in Bradford County. Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith told First Coast News that the bus driver told authorities she noticed in her rear view mirror that the truck was failing to slow down so she released the brake and stepped on the gas in an attempt ... Read More

Department of Transportation announces new plan for pedestrian and bicyclist safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a new initiative by the DOT to reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities. This comprehensive approach will address infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety and data collection. In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed and around 76,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. The 2012 fatalities represent an increase of 6 percent from 2011 and were the highest number of fatalities in the last five years. Also in 2012, 736 pedal cyclists were killed and around 49,000 were injured due to traffic crashes. This ... Read More