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Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2013’

UPDATE: 2013 DePuy trial halted, case withdrawn; claims to be filed in federal court

A Maryland judge dismissed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over the DuPuy ASR™ hip implant after the plaintiff, a former dancer, withdrew her claim. A jury had already been chosen in Upper Marlboro, Md., when Moira Jackson’s attorney requested the withdrawal. According to the legal news website HarrisMartin.com, the lawsuit was withdrawn from state court so Jackson can file …

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Yaz Update from Bayer stockholder’s newsletter

The third quarter Bayer stockholder’s newsletter provided the following update about the YAZ®, YASMIN®, Ocella™ and Gianvi® liability litigation ongoing in the U.S.: As of October 15, 2012, the number of lawsuits pending in the United States and served upon Bayer was about 12,400. In addition, about 720 asserted claims were pending that have not been filed in court. The …

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Hug N’ Tug toy recalled for choking hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of Sassy® Hug N’ Tug Puppy and Monkey and Carter’s® Hug N’ Tug Monkey toys because beads could become loose and choke a child. The CPSC has received 12 complaints that beads at the center of the toys became loose, though no injuries were reported. The recall affected about 45,300 …

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Toyota reaches largest settlement in U.S. history for vehicle defects

Toyota Motor Corp. announced in December 2012 that it reached a settlement for more than $1 billion over hundreds of lawsuits from Toyota owners who claimed their vehicle’s value dropped severely due to complaints of unintentional acceleration. A lawyer representing the owners told the Associated Press the settlement is the largest in U.S. history for vehicle defects. The AP reported …

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Water-inflating toys recalled for choking hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and Ohio-based Dunecraft Inc. have announced the recall of four inflatable toys because they could choke children who swallow them. The recall comes after an 8-month old Texas girl swallowed one of Dunecraft’s Water Balz, which expanded in her body, blocked her intestine and had to be surgically removed. The recall affects …

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Tucson hospitals, which ranks highest?

Hospital Safety Score, www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, ranks hospitals across the country, based on 26 criteria from an annual survey. It’s managed by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded more than a decade ago by employers and private healthcare experts. Each hospital is given a score of A, B, C, D or F, reflecting how safe they are considered for patients, according to …

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Generic Vicodin tablets recalled for acetaminophen dosage by Qualitest

Qualitest, a Huntsville, Alabama, subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, has voluntarily recalled 101 lots of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets. The company said some of the tablets may contain more acetaminophen than the label claims. Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen (the generic version of Vicodin) are used for moderate to moderately severe pain. Increased acetaminophen levels can cause liver damage, especially …

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Nap Nanny baby recliners recalled after 5 die, dozens injured

According to the U.S. Product Safety Commission, four national retailers – Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us – have agreed to stop selling Nap Nanny baby recliners after the maker failed to take action in response to five infant deaths and dozens of reports of children injured by the recliners. The recall affects more than …

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DePuy hip implant first jury trial begins in Maryland

Jury selection was scheduled to begin this week in Prince George’s County, Maryland, over claims that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn a former professional dancer and her doctors about risks with two DuPuy ASR™ hip implants she received. Moira Jackson, who says the implants caused “severe physical distress and injury” until she was “unable to lead a normal life,” …

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First pelvic mesh injury case begins with jury selection in New Jersey

Jury selection began January 7, 2013, in Atlantic County (N.J.) Superior Court over claims the Gynecare Prolift® Pelvic Floor Repair System caused injuries that forced a patient to endure multiple treatments and surgeries and caused permanent damage. Linda Gross, a South Dakota nurse, claims the Johnson & Johnson pelvic mesh implant was defective in design and manufacture and that the …

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