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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Study: Epilepsy Drug, Valproate, Linked to Increased Autism Risks

Use of anticonvulsant drug valproate by expectant mothers has been linked to an increased autism risk in their babies, a new study reveals. Valproate is used in the treatment of epilepsy, said the Global Times; however, its use by pregnant … Continue reading

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Abbot Hit With Massive Off-Label Fines

Abbott Laboratories was just hit with a massive fine for off-label practices, the second-largest such criminal fine for a single medication. A federal district judge in Virginia ordered Abbott Laboratories to pay a $500 million criminal fine and a forfeiture … Continue reading

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Lawsuits Claim Abbott Illegally Marketed Depakote

A total of 26 women have recently filed lawsuits claiming the makers of the anti-seizure drug Depakote illegally marketed the drug for off-label purposes and failed to warn of the side effects of the drug. Each of the women, according … Continue reading

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Abbott Pleads Guilty In Depakote Marketing Case, Agrees to Pay $1.5 Billion to Resolve Justice Department Charges

It was announced yesterday that Abbott Laboratories has pleaded guilty in a Depakote marketing case. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Abbott promoted the drug for nonapproved uses. Depakote (divalproex sodium) is an anti-seizure medication approved to treat epilepsy, … Continue reading

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Depakote Legal Troubles Not Over for Abbott

Depakote continues to pose more legal challenges for Abbott Laboratories (ABT). Among other issues, the company has allegedly violated consumer protection laws in relation to Depakote’s sale and marketing. After allegations of off-market labeling and U.S. Justice Department investigation last … Continue reading

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Depakote During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder

A new study has found more evidence that Depakote may be dangerous to a developing fetus. The study, conducted by Danish researchers, concluded that children who are exposed to valproate, the active ingredient in Depakote, face nearly three times the … Continue reading

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Pending Depakote Settlement Sparks Abbott Shareholder Lawsuit

Shareholders of Abbott Laboratories have filed a lawsuit stemming from the drug maker’s pending settlement with the federal government over charges it illegally marketed the anti-seizure medication, Depakote (valproic acid), for off-label uses. The lawsuit, which was filed in Illinois … Continue reading

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Depakote in Pregnancy May Cause Cognitive Impairment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public that children born to women who take the anti-seizure medication < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/depakote">Depakote (valproate sodium) or related products (valproic acid and divalproex sodium), when pregnant, may give birth to babies … Continue reading

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Fetal Exposure to Depakote, Similar Epilepsy Drugs May Impair Cognitive Development

Valproate medications, including < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Depakote-Lawsuit-Lawyer-Birth-Defects">Depakote, Depakon, Depakene and Stavzor, may negatively impact a child’s IQ if they are taken during pregnancy. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that it will be revising the labels of all valproate … Continue reading

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Epilepsy Drugs May Up Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Recently, we’ve done quite a bit of reporting on the link between epilepsy drugs like < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Depakote-Lawsuit-Lawyer-Birth-Defects">Depakote and birth defects. Now a new study finds that such drugs might also increase the risk that pregnant women who take them will … Continue reading

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