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Toxic flame retardants sicken U.S. consumers, enrich chemical companies

“If you want a case study of everything that is wrong with money politics, this is it,” New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof said in an editorial about the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals used on furniture – a story the Chicago Tribune broke in recent investigative series called “Playing with Fire.” According to a number of health and safety officials not vested in the flame retardant industry, the chemicals, which are supposed to fireproof sofa fabric and other furniture, are not only practically useless for their intended purpose, they are downright dangerous to human health.  These experts say ... Read More

Florida woman says transvaginal mesh injuries ruined her life

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–When Susana, a 54-year-old mother of two from Davie, Florida, consented to transvaginal mesh surgery in 2007, she never expected to develop problems 10 times worse than the incontinence that the mesh was supposed to fix. Susana told South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel that the transvaginal mesh device made by American Medical Systems Inc. has ruined her life. Now after years of pain and four surgeries, she wants to hold the manufacturer accountable for allegedly making and marketing a defective and dangerous medical product. Susana filed a lawsuit against the company, joining more than 650 other women from across the ... Read More

Testim maker files patent infringement lawsuit

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Testim® 1%, has filed a lawsuit against Watson Laboratories Inc. and related companies for allegedly violating patents protecting its best-selling testosterone replacement gel. Auxilium and FCB I LLC, a subsidiary of Xstelos Holdings Inc., filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on May 23, accusing Watson Laboratories, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Watson Pharma Inc. of infringing on 10 Testim® patents listed in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, better known in the industry as the FDA’s “Orange Book.” According to Auxilium, the ... Read More

Testosterone wars heat up as Testim maker allies with GlaxoSmithKline

Testim manufacturer Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Malvern, Pennsylvania, has entered a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline to drive up sales of the testosterone drug, the companies announced this week. Testim is a topical gel containing one percent testosterone, prescribed as a hormone-replacement therapy for men with clinically low testosterone levels and the physical slow-down that generally accompanies “low T,” as the condition is sometimes called. Testim and other testosterone replacement therapies are also sought after by men who take the drug for recreational purposes. The effects of excessive testosterone in men are virtually the same as taking steroids, with increased muscle mass ... Read More

Texas woman sues Boston Scientific over transvaginal mesh injuries

A Texarkana, Texas, woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Boston Scientific Corp. for injuries allegedly caused by transvaginal mesh that she had surgically implanted to correct stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The plaintiff filed the lawsuit May 14 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division, naming Boston Scientific, doing business as Mansfield Scientific Inc. and Microvasive Inc., as defendants. Boston Scientific and its subsidiary companies manufacture a range of transvaginal mesh and supportive devices designed to repair problems with the pelvic floor muscles. On May 14, 2010, the plaintiff was implanted with Boston Scientific’s ... Read More

Drugmakers credit Androgel and Testim for first-quarter profit surge

The market for testosterone replacement drugs is booming, with no signs of easing in the future, market analysts say. Abbott Laboratories, the maker of Androgel 1.62% and Androgel 1% and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, which makes Testim 1%, are aggressively marketing their testosterone drugs to millions of men in the U.S. with low testosterone levels, and those efforts are paying off. Sales of testosterone replacement drugs hit $1.6 billion in 2011, up 133 percent in just four years. According to data compiled by Bloomberg analysts, 5.6 million prescriptions were written for testosterone replacement therapies last year and sales are expected to triple ... Read More

2012 Hyundai Elantras under investigation for potential airbag hazard

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concerning a 2012 Hyundai Elantra whose airbag allegedly deployed and sliced the driver’s ear in half. The owner-driver of the Elantra reported that the incident occurred on April 7, 2012 when a collision prompted the driver’s side airbag to deploy. Along with the airbag, the complaint states, came a metal bracket that sheared the driver’s ear in half. The complaint includes pictures of the wreckage as well as the injury. “It appears that the metal component caused a laceration to the driver’s ear/face,” the ... Read More

Town and Country minivan design defects led to crash deaths and injuries, lawsuit claims

A 2011 crash on a Fort Stockton, Texas highway that was so horrific and devastating it compelled pop star Justin Bieber and scores of others to organize fundraising efforts is now the subject of a lawsuit against Chrysler over alleged flaws in its Town and Country minivan. In July 2011, Joshua and Robin Berry were returning home to Houston with their three children, Peter, Aaron and Willa after a family vacation in Colorado when a Toyota 4Runner veered into their lane and struck them head-on at highway speed. The crash killed Josh, 41, and Robin, 40, and left their sons ... Read More

Button battery injuries rising among kids, new study finds

Household batteries, especially the little button batteries that are powering more and more toys, remote controls, and other common devices, are sending nearly twice as many children to the Emergency Room than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study. The small coin and pill-shaped batteries present multiple serious risks to the children who swallow them, but the most dangerous scenario is when the battery becomes trapped in the esophagus and creates an electrical current through the tissue. Even batteries that are too spent to power their intended devices are a serious health risk to children, medical experts ... Read More

Canada issues new alert for metal hip patients and their doctors

Canadian regulators have issued a new alert for patients who have been implanted with metal-on-metal hip devices, advising them to watch for certain signs that could indicate the implants are failing. Prompted by growing concerns over the safety of hip implant devices made of all-metal components, Health Canada says that patients who have received such implants should “be on the lookout for pain the groin, hip or leg, swelling at or near the hip joint, or onset of a limp or change in walking ability or limited range of motion,” according to The Canadian Press. Much of the concern about ... Read More