Legal News Articles - Drugs/Medical
May 5, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
New York, NY: Hot on the heels of a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that suggests medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart attacks and cancer, comes a heavily redacted report about an operating room fire at NYU Langone Medical Center that occurred in late 2014.Read [ Operating Room Fires Occur Hundreds of Times in the US ]
May 4, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: The third leading cause of death in the US, after heart disease and cancer, is medical error, according to a study just published in the British Medical Journal. The finding is based on data from four studies that assessed medical death rates between 2000-2008.Read [ Medical Error Third Leading Cause of Death in the US ]
May 2, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Minnetonka, MN: More than 135,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed worldwide, and about 46,000 of those claims were filed against American Medical Systems (AMS) regarding its Endo transvaginal mesh. While some AMS plaintiffs may have been relieved with the news that Endo reached a settlement (and it was the first of the TVM manufacturers to do so), they aren’t satisfied with the outcome.Read [ AMS Transvaginal Mesh Settlements—Too Little, Too Late? ]
May 1, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Ottawa, ON: While an Essure class-action lawsuit has recently been filed in Canada, the FDA in February called for a black box warning after more than 5,000 women filed complaints - from when the permanent contraceptive device was approved in 2002 until May 2015.Read [ Essure No Assurance as Permanent Birth Control and Canadian Essure Class Action ]
April 30, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Baton Rouge, LA: The number of lawsuits consolidated for pretrial proceedings in two MDLs continues to grow, with plaintiffs alleging their health was put in jeopardy by IVC filters that broke, fractured or otherwise failed. Meanwhile, researchers asked in an article how IVC filters could have been approved for use with so little evidence of their effectiveness.Read [ Are Inferior Vena Cava Filters Effective? ]
April 29, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Toronto, ON: Five years ago, attorney Paul Miller told LawyersandSettlements that he had 18 transvaginal mesh cases across Canada. In those five years, more Canadian women - and their doctors - realized the mesh is the cause of their pain and internal damage.Read [ Canadian Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits ]
“As of today, we have settled 220 transvaginal mesh cases and about 50 more individuals are getting close to settling,” says Miller at Will Davidson law firm in Toronto.And he is still hearing from women with TVM complications.
April 29, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Toronto, ON: Women in Canada have filed lawsuits alleging their babies developed birth defects after being exposed to Zofran (known generically as ondansetron). Similar to lawsuits filed in the United States, lawsuits in Canada allege women were given Zofran to treat nausea and vomiting linked to morning sickness, even though Zofran was not approved to treat pregnant women.Read [ Zofran Lawsuits Filed in Canada ]
April 29, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Leicester, UK: She was a one-time beauty queen. And yet for 24-year-old Marian Adejokun, the use of medication left her in a coma with the upper layer of her skin shredding away from her body, “like a snake.” And Joel Greaves, a United Kingdom tot of three, was afflicted with Stevens Johnson Syndrome. Doctors initially thought he had chicken pox. The boy’s mother noted that little Joel was suffering from the croup and had been given medication. Zithromax, a powerful antibiotic, is sometimes prescribed in association with croup. Was Joel Greaves a victim of Zithromax Stevens Johnson Syndrome?Read [ Was Toddler a Victim of Zithromax Stevens Johnson Syndrome? ]
April 27, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Philadelphia, PA: Three recent Risperdal verdicts have given hope to more than 1,700 cases pending in Philadelphia court. One case found in favor of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, because a direct link could not be established between the plaintiff’s use of Risperdal and subsequent development of gynecomastia, or male breasts.Read [ Risperdal Lawsuits Favor Plaintiffs ]
April 27, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
New Orleans, LA: The number of Xarelto lawsuits consolidated for pretrial proceedings sits at more than 4,500, and a lawsuit alleging patients suffered from Xarelto side effects has now been filed in Canada. Meanwhile, the New York Times (3/1/16) reports that some researchers are concerned about data apparently left out of a vital Xarelto study. Whether more Xarelto lawsuits are on the way remains to be seen.Read [ More Than 4,500 Xarelto Lawsuits Consolidated ]