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

Potential Eliquis MDL Discussed at JPML Hearing in Miami Beach

Miami Beach was the place to be for mass tort lawyers last week, with two drug and medical device conferences as well as a critical hearing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (also known as the “JPML”). The Judicial Panel, a group of federal judges that meets every two months to consider requests to … 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

Essure Birth Control Urged To Warn Women About Product Risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that women are not as knowledgeable as they should be about the risks associated with permanent Essure birth control. The agency now recommends a black-box warning for the product along with a new patient checklist. The New FDA Guidance on Essure Birth Control The new guidance addresses hysteroscopically placed … Continued

Januvia, Byetta, Claims Headed for Appeals Court

The fate of diabetic patients who suffered pancreatic or thyroid cancer after ingesting incretin-based therapy drugs is now in the hands of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after the claims were dismissed by the California federal court judge who oversaw the national coordinated litigation. In September of 2016, the plaintiffs whose individual lawsuits were … 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

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