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January 2012 Archives

Health concerns about nanosilver in textiles prompts lawsuit

When many people in Albany think about dangerous products, they are probably not thinking about their clothing or other fabrics. While it is extremely important to think about product safety when making your purchasing decisions, not many people will think the actual fabric of an item of clothing can or will pose much risk. One environmental group, however, has sued the federal Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that the use of antimicrobial nanosilver in clothing is an extremely dangerous risk.

New Warnings to be Issued in Britain for Metal-on-Metal Hips

The Sunday Telegraph, a British newspaper, is reporting that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is going to issue new and stronger warnings regarding the potential health risks associated with metal-on-metal hips such as the DePuy ASR, which was recalled in September 2010 because of reported failure rates of 12-13%.

Lawsuit Filed Against Carnival for Negligence in the Costa Concordia Ship Wreck

A complaint was filed in federal court in Chicago on January 26, 2012 for at least $100 million over the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized near Italy's coast earlier this month.  Captain Francesco Schettino has been accused of causing the accident by steering to close to the shore and then abandoning the ship as it sank.  The Costa Concordia was carrying about 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members when it struck a rock, tearing a 160-foot hole in its hull, causing the vessel to capsize.  The disaster claimed the lives of at least 16 people and at least 22 more people are still missing. 

One passenger dies, two injured after motorist drives into stream

Passengers have virtually the same rights as drivers when it comes to a safe and harm-free commute, but sometimes it is the drivers of the cars they are in that are responsible for a deadly or serious accident. When a passenger is injured by his or her driver in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to hold that driver accountable for the injuries, medical bills or property damage the passenger sustained in the accident. That is exactly what two injured passengers and the family of one deceased passenger will have to do after a recent car crash in upstate New York.

Yaz MDL Plaintiffs Seek to Present Evidence on FDA Conflicts

Plaintiffs in the Yaz, Yasmin Mutli-District Litigation (MDL) in Federal Court have, through their attorneys, asked the federal judge overseeing the cases to allow submission of testimonial evidence showing that conflicts of interest influenced the FDA's regulatory decision to keep Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, and other drosperinone-containing drugs on the market. It is anticipated that the defendant drug companies will attempt to introduce into evidence the findings of the FDA advisory panel in order to support their contention that the drug is safe.

New York widow wants to bring daughter home after husband's death

Medical malpractice has more victims than just the patient whose doctor fails to treat him or her properly. Oftentimes, the family members of the patient are also left with increased medical bills, the stress of caring for a sicker individual and the financial costs of correcting mistakes that should never have been made in the first place. For a New York widow, however, the cost of a hospital's surgical error not only took her husband away, but also left her 32-year-old daughter stuck in state hospitals and group homes.

SUV strikes New York school bus

On a typical day, your local school bus will safely transport students to school. While this is the usual case, last week, some students did not make it to class on time. According to reports, a motor vehicle accident occurred on Albany Shaker Road in Colonie when a Honda collided with a school bus.

Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics to Stop Selling Custom Devices in Response to FDA Warning Letter

Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics has decided to stop selling all custom fitted orthopedic devices following a warning letter from the FDA.

Advocacy Group Demands New Yasmin Hearing Before FDA

The Project Government Oversight, an public advocacy group, has asked the Food and Drug Administration to conduct another advisory panel hearing on the safety of Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, and other drospirenone-based birth control pills in the wake of revelations that several panelists who sat on the December 2011 panel had ties to Bayer AG, the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin.

Six Flags Great Escape Norovirus Outbreak Class Action Moving Forward

From The Saratogian - The New York State Supreme Court in Warren County has certified a class action lawsuit on behalf of the hundreds of people who became ill as a result of the 2008 Norovirus outbreak at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark. Click here for the whole story


The New York State Supreme Court, Warren County, has certified a class action lawsuit on behalf of persons who suffered illness as a result of the 2008 Norovirus outbreak at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark in Queensbury, New York.

Only one in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported to authorities

The number of elderly people in the United States is on the rise. There are now three times as many people living to the age of 90 or longer than there were 30 years ago and the number is expected to be four times as high by 2050. In total, 13% of the American population is 65-years-old or older, or approximately 40.3 million individuals.

Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Disaster Blamed on Human Error

A Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized off Italy's northern coast on Friday, January 13th, claiming the lives of 6 people and leaving 16 others still missing.  The cruise ship, which was about 950 feet long, was traveling with over 4,000 passengers when it ran aground, striking rocks. 

FDA Advisors Who Approved Yaz, Tied to Bayer

Last month the FDA asked a panel of outside experts to evaluate whether the benefits of drospirenone birth control pills such as Yaz and Yasmin outweighed their risk of causing blood clots in women. A number of studies have linked oral contraceptives made with drospirenone, a synthetic progestin, to an increased risk of blood clots as compared to other birth control pills. The FDA advisory panel decided by a four vote majority that the benefits of these drugs outweighed the risks.

Popular over-the-counter drugs recalled because of plant errors

The people of Albany may have thought that over-the counter medications were completely safe, but after a major pharmaceutical company reported that its manufacturing plant had erroneously been mixing medications, people in upstate New York may need to check what they're taking for headaches. The company has recently recalled four products after it was discovered that the defective drugs could potentially harm consumers who believe they are taking the medications they purchased. The company, Novartis Consumer Health, has issued a recall for Excedrin, Bufferin, Gas-X Prevention and NoDoz.

Agent Orange company goes to court over medical testing

Nearly everyone in Albany has heard of Agent Orange, the defoliant that was used throughout the Vietnam War, and the dangerous side effects the chemical has had on the veterans that came into contact with it. While the people who have traditionally filed lawsuits surrounding Agent Orange have been veterans and their families, one of the companies that made a key ingredient for the chemical has been sued for property contamination.

Yaz, Yasmin Bellweather Trials Postponed

According to a reort from FiercePharma, the Federal Judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) for Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits has ordered the parties to engage in mediation before the first "bellweather" trials will proceed.  The first trials were scheduled to begin this month, but have been postponed.

Hannaford Alters Meat-Grinding Process in Wake of Salmonella Outbreak

Hannaford Supermarkets says it has changed its practices for grinding meat, according to a news report from the Portland Press Herald in Maine.   According to the article, the CDC has not been able to track the source of the Salmonella outbreak because of "inadequate records and grinding practices at the store chain."  A Hannaford spokesman stated that Hannaford has simplified its grinding procedures so that its records can be adequately used to track the source of the tainted beef, which has infected at least 19 persons based on the CDC's reports.

CDC Reports Hannaford Salmonella Victims Up to 19

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new information about the salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef sold by the Hannaford Supermarket chain, which operates in grocery stores in the Northeastern United States.  According to the CDC, there are now at least 19 persons reportedly infected by the Salmonella Tyhpimurium strain, which has concerned CDC officials because of its apparent resistence to several commonly prescribed antibiotics.  The CDC further cautions that this resistance may be associated with an increased risk of hospitalization.  Click here to read the CDC's latest report.

Syracuse basketball sex scandal moves to defamation litigation

In the recent upheaval in the college athletics world, there have been a few accusations of sexual abuse against top coaches. Although many people are supporting the alleged victims of sexual abuse, there have also been those who are quick to deny that any abuse ever occurred. In some cases, university staff, coaches and family members of the accused are even so brash as to publically call the young men stepping forward liars. After two men accused a Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual molesting them for nearly 20 years, Jim Boeheim, the head coach, has made it quite clear that he thinks the men are just out for money.

New York nursing home fined for failing to protect residents

Anyone who is sending a loved one to a New York nursing home expects that his or her family member will be cared for, supervised and protected from abuse. When family members discover that their loved ones are subjected to nursing home abuse or the threat of abuse, however, the injured residents and their families can sue the nursing home for the abuse. It is a hard enough decision to move a family member into a nursing home and no one should have to worry about whether he or she has put that family member in more danger by putting him or her in the nursing home.

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