At the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the new year started off with an approval of the first therapeutic weight loss option for obese patients since 2007....more
Safeguarding, streamlining, strengthening the clinical trial process is one of three of the Food and Drug Administration’s primary goals for 2015. So states an 11-page document titled 2014 – 2015 Strategic Priorities....more
Since the passage of the “Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act,” the supplement industry has effectively been a wild west of snake oil salesmen foisting their sometimes fraudulent and dangerous miracle cures on the...more
Viagra is so popular that it is a frequent target of counterfeiters. Here, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent displays seized goods.
Viagra (sildenafil) has featured prominently in the news over the past few months...more
More than a dozen Xarelto cases have been filed in Philadelphia, alleging injuries and defendants’ failure to warn of risk associated with the drug.
Defendants in several Xarelto lawsuits filed by out of state plaintiffs...more
In the lawsuit filed in the Sarasota County Circuit Court, Thomas Fronczak alleged he sustained injuries after being implanted with a DePuy hip. In the complaint, he alleged, that one of the defendants, Bayside Orthopaedics,...more
This is what a common hip prosthesis looks like. The Pinnacle has a metal cup instead of a polyethylene (plastic) cup.
In 2009, Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli was implanted with a metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip....more
Eli Lilly & Co., the producer of the popular antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine), is facing a spate of litigation over injuries associated with the drug. Plaintiffs allege that Cymbalta can cause severe withdrawal symptoms,...more
The hip shoe and sunglasses company TOMS has set the bar for giving back to the community through its One for One movement. The Southern California-based business helps someone in need for every product it sells and, since...more
Earlier this week, a Missouri appeals court issued an opinion that will hopefully have a significant impact on ongoing litigation against the manufacturers of metoclopramide, the generic version of Reglan. In this latest...more
The coordinated litigation over Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants pending before Judge Kinkeade is also known as MDL No. 2244. The MDL was established in May of 2011. Since then, more than 60 million pages of documents...more
Oregon, Washington State and Vermont say the slogans for 5-Hour Energy drink are hype that is misleading. Last week the Attorneys General of all three states filed lawsuits against the drink’s maker, Living Essentials LLC and...more
The FDA issued a new draft guidance on July 15th which further explains how the FDA currently fails to protect consumers of medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. It is important to remember that these sort of FDA-issued...more
It is a very common practice. Drug sales reps visit a client, usually a hospital, a clinic or a doctor, with the sole purpose of selling a drug or medical device. That is the primary way a doctor learns about a drug or...more
A lot can be misconstrued in the silent world of the Internet. While online technology has changed the communications paradigm, it also has resulted in bad information, embarrassing typos, factual errors and malfeasance....more
Searcy Denney’s Mass Tort Unit recently filed two new individual lawsuits on behalf of clients who have suffered personal injuries as a result of their defective DePuy metal-on-metal hip implants. The first case was filed on...more
A cancer risk surrounding a technologically advanced and minimally invasive surgery for removing the uterus has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning discouraging the medical procedure.
The judicial panel on multidistrict litigation (JPML) has created an MDL to hear product liability lawsuits filed against the makers of prescription low testosterone products. Lawsuits involving testosterone replacement...more
It is seen as the cost of doing business. It may be illegal, but is also highly profitable, so why stop?
That seems to be the attitude of many pharmaceutical companies – and the latest proof of that comes in the form...more
Opioids are frequently prescribed to ease the pain for those suffering from cancer but the city of Chicago believes the drug use has gone above and beyond cancer pain and it’s suing Big Pharma for aggressively pushing the...more
Merck announced on June 4, 2014, that it would be funding the $100 million dollar NuvaRing settlement announced in February of this year, as the 95% plaintiff participation threshold required by the Settlement Agreement has...more
American Medical Systems, Inc. (“AMS”) is a Minnesota based manufacturer of transvaginal mesh medical devices, which are support systems that are designed to correct stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse....more
In late 2013, a $4 billion settlement program was announced by Johnson & Johnson. This settlement covers more than 8,000 plaintiffs with lawsuits or unfiled claims who have undergone revision surgery due to a defective DePuy...more
A review by the FDA finds no additional risk of myocardial infarcation (MI) or a heart attack when Pradaxa (dabigatran) is compared to Coumadin (warfarin). An MI occurs when blood suddenly stops flowing to parts of the heart...more
We’ve previously written about the 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated drugs originating from the New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC). The meningitis outbreak from these tainted steroids was linked to 64...more