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Fresenius Dialysis Treatment Cases to be Selected for Test Trials in MDL

The U.S. District Judge presiding over all federal Fresenius dialysis treatment lawsuits has laid out the protocol for selecting a small group of cases that will be prepared for early test trials, which will help gauge how juries may respond throughout hundreds of cases pending over problems with Granuflo and Naturalyte dialysate treatments. Continued

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Low T Drug Class Action Filed for Users of Androderm, Depo-Testosterone

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the makers of Androderm and Depo-Testosterone, claiming that the safety and effectiveness of the low testostereone treatents was misrepresented, and that information was withheld about the risk of heart problems the low T drugs. Continued

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Hysterectomy Morcellation Linked to Risk of Aggressive Cancer

The medical community is growing more and more concerned over potential health risks that may be associated with a popular surgical device used during hysterectomies, which some say may help spread aggressive cancers.   Continued

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Bath Salts Poisoning Reports Continue To Fall

Over the past few years, the number of calls to poison control centers involving problems with “bath salts” have decreased dramatically, according to recent information released by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).    Continued

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Nesina Leads Similar Diabetes Drugs in Adverse Events: Report

A new report that examines the potential the side effects and adverse events reported in connection with certain newer diabetes drugs finds that the DPP-4 inhibitor Nesina may be of significant concern, and also appears to support claims that all incretin mimetics increase the risks of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Continued

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ARKON Anesthesia System Recall Linked to Software Glitch

Federal safety officials have determined that a recall issued last month for an ARKON anesthesia delivery systems should be categorized as a Class I Medical Device Recall, due to the potential risk that continued use of the machines may carry a risk of serious and potentially life-threatening outcomes for patients.   Continued

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Motion Filed to Centralize All Testosterone Lawsuits, Not Just Androgel

Following a request filed last month to consolidate all federal Androgel lawsuits as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, a second motion has been filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) asking that all testostereone treatment lawsuits be centralized before one judge as a single coordinated proceeding. Continued

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J&J Vaginal Mesh Injuries Highlighted By Corporate Watchdog Group

A corporate watchdog group has launched a new campaign designed to warn women about the risks of transvaginal mesh surgery, specifically targeting products made by Johnson & Johnson, whose Ethicon unit faces more than 20,000 product liability lawsuits brought by women who allege that they suffered debilitating injuries due to vaginal mesh products sold without adequate warnings.   Continued

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Pregnancy Use of Antidepressants Increases Autism Risk in Boys: Study

Expecting mothers who use antidepressants like Paxil or Zoloft during pregnancy may have three times the risk of giving birth to boys with autism, according to the findings of new research.   Continued

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Risperdal, Abilify Overprescribed to Foster Children for ADHD: Study

Researchers from the University of Maryland indicate that an unusual number of foster children and teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are being prescribed Risperdal, Abilify and other atypical antipsychotics, raising concerns about the overprescription of the drugs for children. Continued