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

Wright Medical 2015 Wrap Up

At this time, pending in the federal court MDL proceedings in Georgia and 700 cases pending in the California state court consolidated proceedings.  There are also more than 800 individual cases pending on a tolling agreement with Wright Medical, which is a contract that suspends the statute of limitations period for a case so as … Continued

FDA Approval of Addyi Sparks Debate

Is the controversial new drug touted as female Viagra cause for celebration or concern? Does the little pink pill represent “girl” power, or is it a shortsighted remedy for sexual dysfunction in women? Do its benefits outweigh its risks? Questions such as those and a flurry of others have made medical news in the months … Continued

Essure Medical Device Faces Attacks on Multiple Fronts

The threat of a hunger strike against the Food and Drug Administration, a Facebook page titled “Essure Problems Lawsuit” and a congressional bill calling for a recall of the female contraceptive manufactured by Bayer have surrounded the device with controversy and raised questions about its safety. Originally approved in 2002, Essure has garnered more than … Continued

Judge Denies C.R. Bard’s Request to Seal Documents in IVC Settlement

In August 2005, a patient was implanted with a Bard Recovery Filter System in order to catch blood clots or “thrombi” traveling from the lower portions of his body toward his heart and lungs. Unfortunately, the device failed and migrated to the patient’s heart, perforating the organs and requiring open heart surgery on April 30, … Continued

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