Risperdal Walks the Legal Line

December 14, 2016

Image Credit: David Andrew Copeland With more than 15,000 Risperdal lawsuits out there, the legal team at pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson (J&J) has been busy addressing the drug’s side effects this year. Chief among them is gynecomastia, a condition that afflicts young males with enlarged breast tissue due to an increase in estrogen levels.…

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Appeal Dismissal Ensures Zofran Lawsuits Continue Into 2017

December 9, 2016

Zofran lawsuits continue apace, despite GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) best efforts to have them quashed.  For several months now, GSK has made the claim that five lawsuits prompted by birth defects should be dismissed by Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV in Massachusetts. The pharmaceutical company’s belief is that the plaintiffs failed to file key records and documentation…

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Xarelto Receives Mixed Press as 2016 Comes to a Close

December 7, 2016

Most drugs are subject to varied press coverage over their lifetime. Blood-thinner Xarelto is no exception, as the latest research and legal challenges jockey for headline position as the year draws to a close. First, the good news… This week a new analysis of the drug’s impact on blood clots found cancer patients treated with…

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Study: Pradaxa Drug Increase Risk of Bleeding

December 5, 2016

A new study by researchers in Canada suggests that the blood-thinning drug Pradaxa, when combined with other medications, can increase the chance of internal bleeding. Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) last month, the study covered 45,991 patients in Ontario, all of whom were 66 or older and took Pradaxa to manage their…

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Johnson & Johnson Loses Second Major Talcum Powder Case

May 6, 2016

In its second trial loss in less than 3 months, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million by a St. Louis jury to Gloria Ristesund, who had claimed that using the company’s talc-powder products led to the development of her ovarian cancer. Carol Goodrich, spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson, believes that the…

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

April 4, 2016

There have been tens of thousands of claims filed across the country against the manufacturers of the transvaginal mesh inserts. The lawsuits claim that complications could have been prevented had the manufacturers of these products properly researched the design or had they adequately warned the medical community or consumers of the risks involved. The mesh…

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Power Morcellator Lawsuit

April 4, 2016

The power morcellator, a hysterectomy surgical device that is used during minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedures, has caused the spread of endometrial stromal sarcoma, leiomyosarcoma, or other hidden cancers contained within the uterus. The result has been an increasing number of uterine fibroid cancer and hysterectomy cancer lawsuits by women throughout the United States. The suits…

IVC Filter Complications – A Medical Animation Video

April 4, 2016

IVC Filter Complications From YouTube, “This medical animation demonstrates a possible complication for a patient implanted with an Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter. The filter, whose purpose is to catch and prevent fatal blood clots from reaching the heart, unexpectedly migrates and punctures the IVC and nearby tissues.”

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Xarelto Lawsuits

April 2, 2016

Oral anticoagulant Rivaroxaban, better known as Xarelto, has been at the center of numerous lawsuits due to a serious and dangerous side effect of uncontrollable bleeding. Xarelto is a blood thinner manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, prescribed to patients suffering from atrial fibrillation to help prevent blood clots. The…

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Zofran Lawsuit Update

April 1, 2016

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of the anti-nausea drug, Zofran. Parents have been filing claims against the company due to the drug’s link to birth defects. Zofran is a top selling medication that is often prescribed to pregnant women who are suffering from morning sickness. The first lawsuit was filed…