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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Study: Bisphosphonates Use Raises Risks for Atrial Fibrillation

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New research has found that bisphosphonate use was tied to a significant increased risk of both atrial fibrillation (AF) and serious AF. Bisphosphonates include Fosamax (alendronate sodium), Reclast and Zometa (zoledronic acid), Boniva (ibandronate sodium), Didronel (etidronate disodium), Actonel (risedronate … Continue reading

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Judge Delays Fosamax MDL “Wind-Down”

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To enable plaintiffs and Merck &  Co. Inc. time to work on a potential settlement, a New York federal judge delayed the transfer of hundreds of lawsuits that are part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) brought over alleged jaw injuries … Continue reading

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Merck Cutting Staff Over Research Unit Re-Structure Plans

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Drug giant, Merck, has announced plans to cut 8,500 employees as part of a restructuring meant to increase marketplace competitiveness. Over the next two years, in addition to the massive layoffs, Merck also announced that it would be implementing significant … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Fosamax Lawsuits Being Sent to Trial

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A federal judge just ordered hundreds of cases involved in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) brought against Merck & Co. over alleged Fosamax jaw injuries be sent for trial in courts nationwide. Fosamax is Merck’s osteoporosis medication. Drug and device manufacturers … Continue reading

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Judge Denies Merck’s Request to Force Fosamax Plaintiffs To Verify Injuries

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This week, a New York federal judge denied a request to mandate hundreds of alleged Fosamax victims to substantiate their injuries. Fosamax is manufactured by Merck & Co. U.S. District Judge John Keenan refused the request that would not only … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate Use Linked to Barrett’s Esophagus

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A study published last month in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that oral bisphosphonate use was associated with a 2.33 percent increased risk of Barretts’ esophagus, a condition that increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus, a … Continue reading

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Woman Alleges Bisphosphonates Led to “Dead Jaw”

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We’ve long been following risks associated with bisphosphonate (BP) drugs like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, which are approved to treat bone-weakening diseases like osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. Cancer patients also often undergo therapy with Aredia, Zometa, and other bisphosphonate drugs … Continue reading

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Judge Overrules Merck’s Bid to Boot Expert Testimony from Four Doctors in Fosamax Trial

Merck and Co. was unable to stop doctors from giving expert testimony during the New Jersey-based trial, now under way, regarding osteoporosis drug Fosamax for allegedly causing atypical femur fractures. The federal judge ruled, however, that while the plaintiff’s treating … Continue reading

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Opening Statements Heard in Second Fosamax Femur Fracture Trial

The second Fosamax femur fracture trial is underway and involve allegations that Merck’s Fosamax (alendronate) caused femur fractures in some people. The trial began in New Jersey federal court and opening statements are being heard. The lawsuit is one of … Continue reading

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Fosamax Lawsuit Begins with Opening Remarks

Opening arguments today signaled the start of the second trial charging Merck’s Fosamax with causing femur fractures. In New Jersey federal court the focus was on the case of 58-year-old Bernadette Glynn, who says that the osteoporosis drug is part … Continue reading

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