When you’re about to go out in the sun, you should definitely wear sunscreen. But did you know that many sunscreen sprays contain flammable ingredients, most commonly alcohol? If you apply sunscreen sprays and then come close to a source of flame, like the barbecue grill, lighting a fire or even coming too close to a lit candle, you may risk the sunscreen catching fire and causing you a serious burn. A recent FDA Consumer Update says that it has received reports of five incidents where people wearing spray sunscreen near open flame suffered significant burns; significant enough to require medical treatment.… Read More

Posted by Michael Lesser on Jul 4, 2013 10:11:00 AM We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 Thomas Jefferson’s most… Read More

Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Jul 1, 2013 4:06:00 PM Newly-unsealed confidential records show that C.R. Bard, Inc., knowingly ignored a part supplier’s direct warning that the plastic Bard was supplied with was unsuitable for human implantation. The revelation about Bard’s behavior comes as the surgical mesh manufacturer is embroiled in litigation over its defective… Read More

Posted by David C. Strouss on Jun 28, 2013 2:36:00 PM July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month (NCCAPM). NCCAPM and its partner organizations maintain a variety of programs throughout the year offering services for patients and families, and promoting public awareness of these birth defects. Some are born with congenital birth… Read More

Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Jun 19, 2013 8:13:00 AM Last week the West Virginia court overseeing the vaginal mesh litigation involving Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit issued a pair of new pre-trial orders. The first rescheduled the presentation of possible bellwether cases to the court by one week, to July 25, 2013. The court… Read More

Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Jun 17, 2013 3:03:00 PM On June 12, 2013, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) transferred more than 39 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII defective hip cases to the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. The MDL was approved to allow for coordination of pretrial discovery and to preserve judicial… Read More

Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Jun 3, 2013 3:53:00 PM Since their use became common in the 1990s, “statins” have been prescribed for millions of patients, earning drug companies hundreds of billions in revenue. Now, however, after almost three decades of heavy usage, new studies suggest that these hyper-prescribed drugs may be linked to increased… Read More

As part of a recall affecting thousands of its metal-on-metal hips, Stryker has hired a third-party claims administrator, Broadspire Services, Inc., to evaluate claims for reimbursement of costs associated with its recalled hips. Stryker is offering to reimburse patients for testing, treatment, revision surgery and other costs associated to the recall.… Read More

Posted by Michael Lesser on May 24, 2013 11:59:00 AM More than one million American men and women have given their lives in the service of this country. Memorial Day is the day where we pay our respects to those who have fallen and celebrate their memory. In thousands of cities and towns across the… Read More

The FDA has issued a Class I recall of dialysis concentrates GranuFlo andNaturaLyte because the products could put patients at risk for heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular problems. These products would have been administered to dialysis patients being seen in facilities run by or supplied by Fresenius Medical Care North America, the manufacturer of GranuFlo & NaturaLyte.… Read More