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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Wrongful Death Lawsuits

What to Know About Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

What is Wrongful Death? Wrongful death involves legal actions brought by surviving family members and/or dependents for damages when a person’s death is caused by the wrongful conduct of another individual. These cases may arise from construction accidents; death during … Continue reading

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Women File Lawsuits over Skin Reactions to EOS Lip Balm

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A number of women have filed lawsuits against lip balm maker EOS after they experienced skin reactions on and around their lips, including bleeding, blisters, dermatitis (skin rashes), and pigmentation loss. Dr. Marie Jhin, a San Francisco dermatologist, said the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Johnson & Johnson Appeal of $140 Million Judgment

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On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would not hear Johnson & Johnson’s appeal of a $140 million judgment in a lawsuit alleging the company failed to warn that Children’s Motrin pain and fever medication could cause … Continue reading

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Lawsuits Accuse Stryker of Hiding Problems with Spine Implant

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Fourteen lawsuits against device maker Stryker allege that Stryker’s CerviCore artificial discs are so dangerous that the company abandoned a clinical trial of the device and abandoned plans to obtain premarket approval (PMA) for the product. After the fourteenth suit … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Accused of Using Counterfeit Plastic in Transvaginal Mesh

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A federal lawsuit filed under the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) alleges Boston Scientific conspired to use counterfeit plastic in their transvaginal mesh implant products. Transvaginal mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It … Continue reading

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Pfizer Faces Lawsuits Over Viagra Melanoma Risk

Pfizer Faces Lawsuits Over Viagra Melanoma Risk

Men who take Viagra are at higher risk for developing melanoma, and a California Viagra user who developed melanoma has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, the maker of Viagra (sildenafil). The lawsuit, filed in California federal court, claims that Pfizer … Continue reading

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California Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline over Child’s Heart Defect Allegedly Caused by Zofran Taken During Pregnancy

Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline over Child’s Heart Defect

Alameda County, California, parents have filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for a heart defect their daughter suffered allegedly as a result of the mother being prescribed Zofran (ondansetron) while pregnant. This medication is used to prevent nausea and vomiting … Continue reading

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Jury in Washington State Awards $1 Million to Plaintiff “Perceived” as Whistleblower

Jury in Washington State Awards $1M to Plaintiff

On March 26, 2015 a Washington state jury awarded a supervisor for the state’s ferry system $1 million, concluding that his employer had demoted him as an act of retaliation for perceived whistle blowing, though the plaintiff had not in … Continue reading

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Five States Pursue Magazine Subscription Scams

Five States Pursue Magazine Subscription Scams

A lawsuit brought jointly by the attorneys general of five states alleges that consumers nationwide received unauthorized and misleading magazine and newspaper subscription notices. New York was one of five states that sued “to stop unlawful and deceptive business practices … Continue reading

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Ethicon Settles Bellwether Case in Transvaginal Mesh Multidistrict Litigation

Johnson & Johnson Settles Pelvic Mesh Case Mid-Trial

On the fifth day of trial in a bellwether case in a multidistrict litigation over transvaginal mesh injuries, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. has settled the case. Ethicon spokesman Matthew Johnson said the company and the plaintiff had agreed … Continue reading

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