Posts by wgary

Bayers Halts Essure Sales Outside of U.S.

Essure Sales Halted

Bayer has announced that it will halt Essure sales in all markets with the exception of the United States. The female sterilization device has been linked to numerous instances of chronic pain, bleeding and other health problems, but Bayer insists that the decision is purely commercial, and is not ceasing sales due to medical or…

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The Opioid Crisis: Who's Going to Pay?

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Lawsuits related to the opioid crisis have now begun to flood the U.S. court system. First were the suits filed by victims and their families, and the price tag for those was, is and will continue to be large. Those awards and settlements are quite likely to be dwarfed by the sums sought by states…

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FDA Takes Steps to Curb Orphan Drugs

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that he is taking steps to deal with abuses in the development of sorphan drugs by closing lucrative loopholes open to pharmaceutical companies. The Orphan Drug Act of 1983 provides incentives to research and produce drugs used to treat rare conditions. Incentives to produce drugs that be otherwise financially infeasible…

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Victoza Lawsuit Settles for $58.65 Million

Novo Nordisk - Victoza

Novo Nordisk has settled eight whistleblower lawsuits involving Victoza, its top selling product. In agreeing to pay a total of $58.65 million the Danish drug manufacturer also resolved a probe by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to the allegations the company downplayed medical warnings, disguised salespeople as medical educators and paid kickbacks to doctors.…

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Supreme Court Ruling Affects Drug Lawsuit Plaintiffs

Drug Lawsuits

A June Supreme Court ruling is likely to change significantly the opportunities available to prospective drug lawsuit plaintiffs. In an 8-1 ruling in BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO. v. SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY, ET AL. the Supreme Court ruled that either the individual plaintiff or the defendant corporation must have a significant connection to the…

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Taxotere Litigation Nationwide Update

Taxotere Litigation

Taxotere litigation is now slated to move forward with several bellwether trials scheduled to begin on September 21, 2018 in federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana. To date there are some 1,272 lawsuits that have been filed against Sanofi-Aventis that involve claims of permanent hair loss in breast cancer patients who have used…

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Disclosure: Johnson and Johnson Product Liability Claims

Talcum Powder Litigation: J&J Logo

Johnson and Johnson product liability claims are described in detail in the company’s quarterly report filed with the SEC and released earlier this month. The company declines to put losses on its balance sheet “until a loss is determined to be probable and can be reasonably estimated.” According to Johnson and Johnson: The most significant…

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Talcum Powder Litigation Award Set In California

talcum powder litigation update

Talcum powder litigation reached a new high point yesterday when a California jury awarded a plaintiff a $417 million award in a suit connecting talcum to ovarian cancer. The court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the record sum to Eva Escheverria, a 63 year old medical receptionist, who had used Johnson’s Baby Powder on…

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Opioid Drug Lawsuits Continue to Target Manufacturers

Drug Lawsuits

South Carolina and the cities of Birmingham, Alabama and Cincinnati, Ohio have become the latest state and cities to file opioid drug lawsuits. The city lawsuits allege that opioid manufacturers flooded states and municipalities with suspiciously large orders of drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. Birmingham and Cincinnati have filed suit against McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen…

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Talcum Powder Litigation Continues Nationwide

Talcum Powder Litigation: J&J Logo

Talcum powder litigation continues nationwide as manufacturer Johnson & Johnson vows to continue fighting each claim. The tough stance comes despite the fact that Johnson & Johnson has thus far lost in four instances of talcum powder litigation it which it is alleged that the regular use of talcum powder can lead to ovarian cancer.…

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