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Jury Awards $38 Million in Depakote Trial

On May 27, 2015, a St. Louis jury ordered Abbott Laboratories to pay $38 million to a girl who suffers from spina bifida after her mother took the anti-seizure medication Depakote during pregnancy.  The verdict includes $23 million in punitive damages. The jury found the drug maker failed to adequately warn about risks of birth defects from ingestion of Depakote …

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Actos Settlement

Takeda has agreed to pay $2.4 billion to resolve certain Actos claims. Those who are allowed to participate in the settlement must: (1) allege they have bladder cancer; (2) have first used Actos prior to December 1, 2011; and (3) either have a lawsuit pending or retained counsel by NOON May 1, 2015 EDT to assert a claim. If you …

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Birth Defects Caused by Pregnancy Drug Zofran

Zofran, is a prescription medication that can be prescribed for nausea and vomiting; pregnant women experiencing severe symptoms are often prescribed the medication during the first trimester. Zofran is known effectiveness in treating nausea and vomiting, however in recent studies consuming the drug has shown serious side effects to both mother and infant. Zofran works by blocking chemicals in the body responsible …

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Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit

On March 24, it was announced that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary had reached a settlement in a bellwether trial over their transvaginal mesh devices. That settlement came shortly after a California jury delivered a $5.7 million verdict against J&J’s Ethicon over their Gynecare TVT Abbrevo vaginal mesh device. The settlement came during a bellwether trial that was part of …

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Xarelto Drug Causes Irreversible Internal Bleeding

FDA has issued a warning of increased Thrombotic Event (Bleeding and Hemorrhage)! Xarelto is prescribed to prevent strokes in people with arterial fibrillation; as a treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism;  it was first to prevent deep thrombosis in patients undergoing  hip or knee replacement surgery. Xarelto Blood Thinner is under investigation by the FDA. The FDA has received 68– adverse …

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Medtronic Recalls 560,000 MiniMed Paradigm Pumps

A risk of over-delivery of insulin causes the Medtronic Corporation to issue a Class II recall for about 560,000 MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps.  This recall was issued on September 8, 2014, after Medtronic received numerous reports from customers who accidentally programmed the device to deliver the maximum amount of insulin. Delivering the maximum bolus amount could cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) …

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Low-T and Testosterone Therapy Putting Men at Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association links Low-T treatments to increases in Testosterone Heart Attacks and Testosterone Strokes. (Link # 1) With a superabundance of advertising to both patients and doctors over the past decade, Low-T treatment has increased more than five-fold to a $1.6 billion market.  Much of that increase has come from off-label prescription …

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Biomet Agrees to $200,000 Settlements in M2a Magnum & M2a-38 Hip Cases

  On February 3, 2014, the Hon. Robert L. Miller, Jr., United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana vacated the scheduling order and conference set for February 28, 2014 “[i]n light of the parties’ tender of the settlement agreement.”  The Settlement Agreement provides that the “settlement and the terms and conditions of this …

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DePuy Pinnacle All-Metal Hip Implants

Several hip implants manufacturers are involved in lawsuits because of complications suffered by people who received faulty devices. Thousands of people filed lawsuits after they turned to hip implants for the promise of reduced pain and greater mobility — only to suffer complications that are far more debilitating than the conditions that led to hip replacement in the first place. …

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