Baby Powder Lawsuits – $200 Million and Counting?

Lawsuit No. 4 in the case against Johnson & Johnson and its ovarian-cancer-linked talc product has headed to the courtroom in Missouri.  It is the fourth in a series of baby powder lawsuits filed nationally. Defense attorneys will watch it closely to see whether monetary damages are awarded for the fourth time. Plaintiff Nora Daniels, a … Continued

FDA Adverse-Event Reports Go Public

Years of adverse-event reports documenting problems associated with compromised food, dangerous drugs and harmful cosmetics are now available to the public. The information can be obtained, free of charge, via a downloadable report to be updated quarterly. The data currently spans twelve years. Advocacy Groups Find Adverse-Event Reports Helpful for Protecting Consumers Business leaders, consumer groups and law firms … Continued

Bacteria Found in Cardiac Patients Linked to Heater-Cooler Machine

Heater-Cooler Machine Spreads Germs in Sterile Areas The medical device sounds well-intended enough: a heater-cooler machine used during heart surgery to control a patient’s body temperature. Doctors employ them in the hundreds of thousands of cardiac procedures they conduct every year in hospitals across the country. Turns out, the LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH) … Continued

Homeopathic Teething Products Linked to Child Deaths, FDA Says

Belladonna is blamed for the deaths of 10 babies. The parents treated their teething phase with homeopathic teething products (gels and tablets) containing the natural substance. Another name for belladona is deadly nightshade, which it received due to its poisonous nature. Still, the plant has been used medicinally for five centuries. Food & Drug Administration Gets Involved The … Continued

Updates from JPML – Roundup, Taxotere, Abilify

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation met in late September to discuss the establishment of multidistrict litigation proceedings for several new mass tort cases, including Abilify compulsive gambling claims, talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits, Taxotere permanent hair loss actions, and Roundup-related cancer cases. At the time that the request for coordination was made, 37 different … Continued

Dual Tracks Taken by FDA in Approving Products by ‘Big Pharma’

Prescription drugs exist to boost the health of patients by decreasing their pain, increasing their stamina, staving off infections and treating their symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the responsibility to govern the process by which pharmaceutical companies introduce new products and seek approval. Two methods generally are followed. The first – … Continued

Newly Filed Xarelto Cases and Litigation Updates

Searcy Denney has continued its commitment to seeking justice on behalf of victims of Xarelto (rivaroxaban) with the filing of a number of additional individual lawsuits on behalf of injured patients over the past few weeks. All of these personal injury and wrongful death cases will become part of MDL No. 2592, the national, coordinated … Continued

Mentor Case Time Barred

In 2004, North Carolina resident Melanie Cole was implanted with Mentor’s OB Tape, which is a sling device that is used to treat urinary incontinence.  Three weeks after the surgery, Ms. Cole visited her surgeon and complained that it was not working properly, and that her incontinence was worse. Ms. Cole continued to have problems … Continued

“Science for Sale” Investigation Exposes “Rented White Coats”

One of the foremost father figures in the history of medicine famously said, “There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.” Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician revered for high ethical and moral standards that are the reason every doctor in America pledges the Hippocratic oath upon graduation, … Continued

Recalled Brainlab Digital Neurosurgery Device Could Pose Serious Injury, Death to Patients

A medical device created by Brainlab and marketed as easy-to-use, intuitive, precise and tailored to surgeons’ needs has been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Cranial-navigation systems sold by Brainlab, a German manufacturer that develops software-based applications for brain surgeons in addition to surgeons in other disciplines such as orthopedic, otolaryngology and spine, … Continued

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