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Federal Judge Dismisses Bravelle Lawsuit in Unusual Removal Situation
Federal Judge Dismisses Bravelle Lawsuit in Unusual Removal Situation
A federal judge has dismissed a Bravelle lawsuit against Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Bravelle infertility drug, and Stericycle, the company that over saw the Bravelle recall, after plaintiff attorneys filed a motion to send the case back to state court.

Endoscope Disinfection Problems Extend Beyond Devices Themselves
Endoscope Disinfection Problems Extend Beyond Devices Themselves
When the Olympus XTJF-160A Duodenoscope, part of the EVIS EXERA II 180 System, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in early 2008, that approval was by way of an FDA 510(k) Clearance. In other words, the new device was deemed by the FDA to be sufficiently similar to existing devices, and thus qualified for a pass from having to engage in lengthy clinical studies or pre-market trials. Since then, endoscopes and duodenoscopes manufactured and marketed by Olympus (and other manufacturers) have been associated with endoscope infection, and have become targets of many an endoscope lawsuit.

Young Mother Recounts Horrid Experience with Birth Control Implant
Young Mother Recounts Horrid Experience with Birth Control Implant
Her name is Lexi and she’s a young mother with a five-month-old baby who recounts in a YouTube video what turned out to be a horrid experience with Nexplanon birth control. Nexplanon, an implantable birth control device, is essentially the same product as Implanon birth control, only with the addition of barium sulfate to aid in locating the device for removal once the birth control device is depleted, usually after the third year.

Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuits Moving Forward in MDL
Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuits Moving Forward in MDL
The 800 lawsuits currently enshrouded in Taxotere hair loss multidistrict litigation are moving forward by way of updated orders and directives issued February 1 by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Plaintiffs assert that Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug, triggered Taxotere alopecia (hair loss) that has been characterized as permanent.

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Nurse Lives with Bard IVC Filter tine lost in her Body
Nurse Lives with Bard IVC Filter tine lost in her Body
In 2012, a nurse from Atlanta was flying to San Francisco to visit her son. As the plane closed in on her destination she suddenly felt excruciating pain in her chest. Although she didn’t know it, an IVC filter in her body had fractured. By the time the plane touched down she was in extreme distress. She told her husband they needed to get to a hospital, fast!

Oracle Claw-Back Violation of California Labor Laws
Oracle Claw-Back Violation of California Labor Laws
Oracle America Inc. has been sued in federal court by a former sales employee claiming violations of the California labor laws and unfair business practice laws.

Alere INRatio Plaintiffs Petition Court to Keep Lawsuit Alive
Alere INRatio Plaintiffs Petition Court to Keep Lawsuit Alive
The INRatio measuring system manufactured by Alere Inc. (Alere) and subject to an Alere recall last year, has oft been highlighted as part of a study focused on the effectiveness of a new-generation blood thinner when compared against warfarin. The oft-made allegation is that inaccurate readings may have given the newer anticoagulant, in this case Xarelto, an unfair advantage over Coumadin (warfarin). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has since opined that in its view, the variances in readings were not drastic enough to sufficiently skew the results.

Plaintiff Claims C-Qur Mesh Biologically Incompatible with Human Tissue
Plaintiff Claims C-Qur Mesh Biologically Incompatible with Human Tissue
He may have the same name as the long-dead soul singer, but James Brown does not feel good about the C-Qur abdominal mesh used for a hernia repair and the plaintiff, through his surgical mesh lawsuit, has plenty to say about it.

Qui Tam Whistleblowers and Healthcare Fraud: “It’s a Completely Criminal Enterprise”
Qui Tam Whistleblowers and Healthcare Fraud: “It’s a Completely Criminal Enterprise”
“We even have qui tam whistleblower cases that involve doctors paying illegal runners to find people who are destitute on Medicare. They get a little treatment but the doctor bills for a lot,” says attorney Jason Brown. “They figure these people won’t complain but employees of that practice will blow the whistle.”

Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System Confusion and Concern
Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System Confusion and Concern
Many patients recovering from heart surgery and hip replacement surgery have an added hurdle: the risk of a life-threatening infection that may have stemmed from the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system during their operation. Even if they had surgery several years ago, there is reason to be concerned.

Blogger Says ‘No Thanks’ to IVC Filter
Blogger Says ‘No Thanks’ to IVC Filter
Any patient about to be implanted with an IVC filter, or presented with a recommendation for same by their doctor, would naturally assume the procedure is necessary and unavoidable. Indeed, for many patients who can’t tolerate blood thinners the placement of this medical catcher’s mitt remains a life-sustaining strike against the potential catastrophe of a wayward blood clot.

Government Agencies Release Recommended Warning for Labeling Drug Products Associated with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Government Agencies Release Recommended Warning for Labeling Drug Products Associated with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Three US government agencies in January released finalized guidance on warning label wording for over-the-counter drugs that contain acetaminophen and labels regarding serious skin conditions such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS).

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