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The First Trial Involving Ethicon Pelvic Mesh is Underway

The first trial involving Ethicon Inc. pelvic mesh sling began Monday in Bakersfield, California. Thousands of Ethicon lawsuits are pending across the country.

The case involves a woman in her 40s who was implanted with Ethicon’s TVT-Abbrevo pelvic mesh sling in 2011 to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which is a loss of urine during physical movement or activity. Severe pain and continuing urinary problems forced the patient to have the device removed just a year later, according to the National Law Journal. More The First Trial Involving Ethicon Pelvic Mesh is Underway

Mass Tort Involving 75 Xarelto Cases is Created in Philadelphia

A mass tort has been organized in Philadelphia surrounding the blood-thinning drug Xarelto, which has been alleged to cause uncontrollable and sometimes fatal bleeding.

Approximately 75 Xarelto cases were transferred to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas’ Complex Litigation Center by the court’s Judge Kevin Dougherty. The lawsuits are filed against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, according to The Legal Intelligencer (The Legal). More Mass Tort Involving 75 Xarelto Cases is Created in Philadelphia

Montana Oil Spill Raises Concerns About the Age and Safety of the Nation’s Pipelines

A large oil spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River has experts worried about the infrequency of inspections on the nation’s aging pipelines.

The 40,000-gallon spill is the second large spill along the river in four years.  Downstream water supplies to the city of Glendive have been contaminated, and residents rushed to stock up on bottled water after elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples taken from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 in the agricultural community, according to the Associated Press (AP). More Montana Oil Spill Raises Concerns About the Age and Safety of the Nation’s Pipelines

Whistleblower Vindicated in Case Alleging Contracting Violations at Florida Park

A former employee of Canaveral National Seashore has won a whistleblower retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior.

In December, a federal civil service court judge in Atlanta ruled that the former employee, who had reported contracting violations, nepotism and other misconduct at the park, had been subjected to assault, harassment and adverse personal actions in retaliation for blowing the whistle on the park’s activities, according to Florida Today. More Whistleblower Vindicated in Case Alleging Contracting Violations at Florida Park

Infuse Should not be Used in Patients Under age 18, the FDA Warns

In a Safety Communication issued today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Infuse and other bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides are not safe for use in patients under age 18.

Infuse and other bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides are considered high-risk (Class III) medical devices by the FDA. Medtronic and the manufacturers of similar products must submit a premarket approval application (PMA) to the agency that includes clinical data supporting safety and effectiveness, the FDA explained in the Safety Communication. These devices have not been approved for use in people under age 18 and have not been reviewed by federal regulators. More Infuse Should not be Used in Patients Under age 18, the FDA Warns

Many People are Losing Faith in the Safety of E-Cigarettes, but Teens are Vaping Even More

Many People are Losing Faith in the Safety of E-Cigarettes

Many People are Losing Faith in the Safety of
E-Cigarettes


Last year, the American Journal of Preventative Medicine issued a report showing that 65 percent of smokers said they believed that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking regular cigarettes in 2013, down from 85 percent in 2010.

In high schools across America, however, vaping is on the rise. This past December, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that 17 percent of high school seniors said they’d vaped at least once a month, compared with 14 percent who admitted smoking traditional cigarettes. Sixteen percent of 10th graders said they had vaped, which was more than twice the number of students who said they had smoked regular cigarettes. More Many People are Losing Faith in the Safety of E-Cigarettes, but Teens are Vaping Even More

Cancer Groups Issue Joint Statement Calling for More Regulation of E-Cigarettes, but Some Experts say it Doesn’t go Far Enough

Statement Issued Calling for More Regulation of E-Cigarettes

Statement Issued Calling for More Regulation of
E-Cigarettes


This past December, a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) survey revealed how popular e-cigarettes are becoming among young people, and now two major cancer groups are calling on the government to regulate these devices.

NIDA reported that 17 percent of high school seniors said they had vaped at least once a month, compared with 14 percent who admitted smoking traditional cigarettes. Sixteen percent of 10th graders said they had vaped, which was more than twice the number of students who said they had smoked regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are growing in popularity among young people, in part, because they come in all sorts of tempting flavors, from fruit to root beer. If the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association of Cancer Research have their way, it will soon be much more difficult for teenagers to get their hands on e-cigarettes. More Cancer Groups Issue Joint Statement Calling for More Regulation of E-Cigarettes, but Some Experts say it Doesn’t go Far Enough

New York City Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

NYC Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

NYC Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act


New York City Council members have joined in the fight to ensure that the firefighters and rescuers of September 11, 2001 are never forgotten by pushing for the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act.

The council members are joining the effort to introduce a resolution that calls for Congress to reauthorize the Zadroga Act. The primary sponsor and co-sponsor for the effort are Councilwoman Margaret Chin (Democrat – Manhattan) and Melissa Mark-Viverito (Democrat – Manhattan/Bronx) respectively, along with two other members. More New York City Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses Health Tech Firm of Making Fraudulent Claims Concerning its Software

Lawsuit Accuses Health Tech Firm - Fraudulent Software

Lawsuit Accuses Health Tech Firm – Fraudulent Software


Two former executives of the health technology firm NantHealth are accusing the company of making fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system.

The former executives filed a lawsuit this week accusing NantHealth of making the fraudulent claims, as well as charges that the company, which links patient information gathered by different medical devices and pieces of hospital equipment, of using company donations to attract federal funds so a hospital could buy its products, according to The New York Times (Times). More Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses Health Tech Firm of Making Fraudulent Claims Concerning its Software

Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine

Researchers say Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous.

Researchers say Liquid in E-Cigarettes Dangerous


According to a new study from National Jewish Health in Denver, the liquid found in e-cigarettes significantly increases the risk for viral infections in users, whether it contains nicotine or not.

By taking cells from the airways of young, healthy non-smokers and exposing them to the liquid or vapors from e-cigarettes, researchers were able to determine that inhaling the vapor can damage epithelial cells and increase the risk of infections. The scientists discovered that when they exposed the cells to the liquid or vapors in the lab, it only took 10 minutes for a reaction to occur, according to the National Jewish Health (NJH) website. More Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine