Archive for June, 2014

Metal Hip Replacement News Website Launched by Hissey Kientz, LLP

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, Metal Hip Replacement News. The site will serve as a source for news and legal information pertaining to DePuy, Stryker, Biomet and Wright metal-on-metal hip replacements.

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Zimmer takeover of Biomet halted by European Commission

Zimmer Holdings’ planned takeover of hip manufacturer Biomet Inc. has been halted by the European Commission due to lack of information. Zimmer intends to purchase Biomet for more than $13 billion despite the number of Biomet hip replacement lawsuits filed against the company. The takeover of Biomet would make Zimmer the second-largest orthopedic manufacturer behind Johnson & Johnson, which also faces hip replacement lawsuits.

Read more about the planned Biomet takeover…

Testosterone nasal spray on the market despite concerns

A new testosterone booster administered through a nasal spray is now on the market, despite concerns over testosterone therapy side effects. The testosterone booster, called Natesto, joins several other testosterone therapy drugs, including gels, creams, patches and injections.

Read more about testosterone booster concerns…

New study links antidepressants to brain malformations in infants

New imaging research has linked antidepressants such as Zoloft to Chiara type 1 brain malformations in children whose mothers used the drugs during pregnancy. The brain malformations occur when cerebellum tissue extends into the spinal column and can cause headaches and balance issues severe enough to require corrective surgery.

Read more about the link between SSRIs and brain malformations…

Doctor cites misuse of testosterone at American Urological Association meeting

Testosterone booster use and misuse could be the cause of several new health problems, says University of Kansas MD Anjay Nangia. Doctor Nangia spoke at the American Urological Association about overuse of testosterone in men who may not need it, including at least 25% of males who are prescribed testosterone without undergoing clinical testing necessary to determine potential conditions requiring testosterone, such as hypogonadism.

Read more about testosterone booster complications…

Pfizer Agrees to $325 Million Neurontin Marketing Accord

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) agreed to pay $325 million to settle a lawsuit brought by health-care benefit providers who claimed the drugmaker marketed the epilepsy drug Neurontin for unapproved uses. The settlement, which needs approval from a federal judge in Boston, would end a case over claims that the company’s Parke-Davis unit schemed to market the drug for unapproved conditions as early as 1994.


Read more about the Pfizer Neurontin settlements…

Stryker lawsuits mount against hip manufacturer

Stryker Corporation is facing an increasing number of hip replacement lawsuits alleging that the company’s implants were defective and caused injuries. More than 500 Stryker lawsuits allege that the metal components of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip replacements can lead to corrosion, fretting and other severe complications.

Read more about the Stryker lawsuits…

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