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Still Too Soon to Take Echeverria to the Bank

Still Too Soon to Take Echeverria to the Bank August 26, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA: The plaintiffs’ bar is literally agog at the $417 million awarded by a Los Angeles jury to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades. The Johnson & Johnson lawsuit is the first talcum powder lawsuit to go to trial in California. Plaintiffs should certainly feel heartened at the outcome, but there are three major hurdles to be faced in the cases that follow.
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Insulation Failure, Battery Failure and Cyber Hacking - A Triple Threat for Pacemaker Patients

Insulation Failure, Battery Failure and Cyber Hacking - A Triple Threat for Pacemaker Patients August 24, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC: Premature insulation failure in recalled St. Jude Medical Riata defibrillator (ICD) leads may be only the tip of the iceberg for heart patients with ICDs, more commonly known as “pacemakers.”
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Philadelphia Judge Refuses to Overturn $2.5 Million Risperdal Plaintiff Verdict

Philadelphia Judge Refuses to Overturn $2.5 Million Risperdal Plaintiff Verdict August 23, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Philadelphia, PA: If there was ever any doubt that Risperdal gynecomastia was a compelling issue that too few knew about, that myth was dispelled when a Risperdal lawsuit landed squarely onto the pages of People Magazine in February, 2015.
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Replacement Airbags Pose Serious Risk of Injury to Consumers

Replacement Airbags Pose Serious Risk of Injury to Consumers August 23, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Las Vegas, NV: On Friday, August 18, 2017, attorneys for Karina Dorado, a young woman who suffered severe airbag injuries, filed suit in a Nevada state court. The case highlights the danger consumers face from replacement airbags. These are situations that slip through the cracks of massive airbag recall efforts and remain largely unaddressed by law.
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Janumet Patient Felled by Cancer of the Pancreas in 2012

Janumet Patient Felled by Cancer of the Pancreas in 2012 August 22, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: When Janumet (sitagliptin and metformin combined) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2007, the type 2 diabetes drug was within five years of achieving sales of $1.7 Billion. That year, when Janumet hit blockbuster status by 2012, the parent drug of Janumet – Januvia – earned $4 Billion for manufacturer Merck & Co. Januvia has been associated with Januvia side effects, and has resulted in Januvia cancer lawsuits.
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Heart Surgery Patient Blames Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System for Infections

Heart Surgery Patient Blames Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System for Infections August 22, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Toronto, ON:Four years ago David had triple bypass heart surgery and he has been suffering from infections ever since. “Nobody could tell us why he was getting so many infections, until we got a letter from the hospital that said this Stockert 3T heater-cooler system used during surgery is linked to a rare bacterial infection,” says Shelly, David’s wife.
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The Human Body is Designed to Move, Whereas the IVC Filter is Not: A Disconnect?

The Human Body is Designed to Move, Whereas the IVC Filter is Not: A Disconnect? August 21, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: The idea behind the IVC filter may have been meritorious: for those patients at high risk for blood clot or pulmonary embolism, for whom blood thinners are either not appropriate or ineffective, a so-called ‘catcher’s mitt’ strategically placed within the inferior vena cava artery will entrap a blood clot migrating up from the lower extremities, preventing the clot from reaching the heart or lungs.
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Scoping the Landscape of Endoscope Infection

Scoping the Landscape of Endoscope Infection August 20, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Pittsburgh, PA: There is little doubt that endoscopes, duodenoscopes and other intricate scopes designed for ‘internal diagnostics’ are a godsend for patients and used hundreds of times a day, says Dr. Raymond Pontzer of Pittsburgh-based UPMC. “The benefit far outweighs the risks,” the director of infection prevention for the nonprofit said in comments published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (07/04/17). However, the risks cannot be discounted, as many an endoscope infection lawsuit has shown.
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Talcum Powder Cancer Trial: Who is More Credible?

Talcum Powder Cancer Trial: Who is More Credible? August 20, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: In the third week of the current talcum powder trial, plaintiff’s doctor Annie Yessaian explained to the Los Angeles jury that talc can increase the risk of cancer. In its defense, J&J called to the stand Alan Andersen, a former FDA scientist and former director of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, who said that studies showed talc had “unremarkable” effects on human cells.
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Recycled Defective Airbags Akin to ‘Ticking Time Bombs’

Recycled Defective Airbags Akin to ‘Ticking Time Bombs’ August 17, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Orlando, FL: The dead do not tell tales about airbag injuries, and there are sixteen people around the world (11 in the US alone) who can no longer speak for themselves after shrapnel from an airbag failure ripped into them and snuffed out their lives in deaths that the Associated Press (AP 06/26/17) characterize as “grisly.”
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