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Invokana Still Invoking Concerns
Invokana Still Invoking Concerns
It was about a year ago that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) raised the alarm over kidney problems associated with diabetes medication Invokana and other drugs in the SGLT2 class. This followed a warning the previous year from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, which reported in 2015 its identification of some 457 serious adverse events involving kidney failure or impairment. Dehydration and fluid imbalances, kidney stones, urinary tract infections and abnormal weight loss were also identified. That led to various headlines suggesting Invokana Linked with Cardiovascular Injuries and Kidney Failure.

Latest Defective Catheter Takes Its Place in Long Line of FDA Recalls
Latest Defective Catheter Takes Its Place in Long Line of FDA Recalls
When it comes to defective catheters causing injury, Bard Peripheral Vascular's recall of its Halo One Thin-Walled Guiding Sheath is the latest in a long line of catheter recalls that include the Boston Scientific Corp. Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter and Cook Medical's Shuttle Select Slip-Catheter and Beacon catheters.

Federal Bair Hugger Lawsuits Climbing, Now Number 1105 in MDL
Federal Bair Hugger Lawsuits Climbing, Now Number 1105 in MDL
It’s little wonder the Bair Hugger lawsuit ledger continues to grow and swell, given the number of patients for whom the forced-air warming system has been utilized over the past 25 years: some 200 million procedures have used the system, originally designed and deployed to keep the patient warm and prevent hypothermia, amongst other advantages. However, Bair Hugger deep joint infection has become a serious issue for an increasing number of patients, many of whom have filed a warming blanket lawsuit.

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New Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson Filed By Multiple Plaintiffs
New Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson Filed By Multiple Plaintiffs
Fourteen people from 12 states have filed a talcum powder cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies and three other companies on behalf of themselves or their deceased relatives alleging that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer.

Surgery Patients Demand Monitoring for Potentially Deadly Infection in Class Action
Surgery Patients Demand Monitoring for Potentially Deadly Infection in Class Action
The letters sent to recovering cardiac surgery patients was alarming to say the least. A medical device used during their recent heart operation, known as the Stockert 3T, might have infected them with a deadly bacteria that can lay dormant for months or years and then suddenly start to make them very sick.

Canadian Study Finds 12 Percent of ADHD Youth Prescribed Antipsychotic Drugs Such as Risperdal
Canadian Study Finds 12 Percent of ADHD Youth Prescribed Antipsychotic Drugs Such as Risperdal
A recent Canadian study found that nearly 12 percent of Ontario youth diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are prescribed antipsychotic drugs such as Risperdal (Risperidone), Zyprexa and Seroquel despite having no other mental health diagnoses.

Appeals: I’ve had a Few, but then Too Few to Mention?
Appeals: I’ve had a Few, but then Too Few to Mention?
It’s little wonder that Hip Replacement Implant Failure litigation, as is apparent with a majority of cases, takes so long to resolve given the right and freedom for both plaintiff and defendant to appeal a ruling either party feels is unjust. To this end, recent bellwether lawsuits involving settlements against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson continue to languish as unresolved, and remain tied up in various appeals.

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