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  • Gentamycin hearing loss and kidney damage
    Gentamycin or Gentamicin (Garamycin ophthalmic) and other members of the aminoglycoside family of antibiotics (Amikacin, Kanamycin, Neomycin, Netilmicin, Paromomycin, Streptomycin, and Tobramycin) are well known for severe side effects and irreversible injuries. Gentamycin is prescribed as an ointment, a cream or as a solution to treat ear infecti...
  • AMO Complete Remains on Shelf Despite Recent Recall
    Aug-7-07 Seattle, WA: Food and Drug Administration officials say that many contact lens wearers may still be using Advanced Medical Optics Complete Moisture Plus contact lens solution despite its link to a potentially blinding eye infection. Although AMO Complete was recalled two months ago due to a link with the eye infection Acanthamoeba keratitis, the FDA says...
  • Avandia Defended by Glaxo Despite Heart Attack Risk
    Aug-2-07 Rockville, MD As part of the July 30th proceedings of a federal drug advisory committee that ultimately voted to keep Avandia on the market despite cardiovascular risk, Avandia maker GlaxoSmithKline defended its product as completely safe. Dr. Murray Stewart, A Vice President with the company, presented the findings of an examination of data from more...
  • Medtronic Reducing Staff, Preparing for Defibrillator Lawsuits
    Jul-13-07 Fridley, MN Quality control seems to have gone the way of the dinosaur, while the word 'recall' has become part of our everyday vocabulary. How did we get here? And whatever happened to reliability? Especially when it comes to medical products? Take for example, Medtronic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators . In yet another example of implantable d...
  • Exxon Mobil Corp. Clean Air Act Violations Settlement
    The U.S. Government claimed the world's largest publicly traded oil company violated the "New Source Review" section of the Clean Air Act, which requires refineries and utilities to install pollution reduction equipment when they upgrade and expand their facilities. Texas based Exxon Mobil has agreed to pay an $8.7 million civil penalty and spend $9.7 m...
  • SSRIs and Birth Defects: More Data Urgently Needed
    Jun-1-07 Atlanta, GA There is a problem out there for prospective mothers and fathers. The problem is that instead of being able to find good information on the interplay between SSRIs (a group of antidepressants including Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac) and safe pregnancy, there is a big black void. In its information on medication use during pregnancy and breastfe...
  • Government Agencies Warn Against Zoloft During Pregnancy
    Apr-13-07 Washington, DC: If you want a healthy baby, government agencies in both Canada and the United States warn that you might want to quit taking Zoloft during pregnancy. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its Canadian counterpart, Health Canada, both issued warnings about combining Zoloft and pregnancy. "A recently published case-contro...
  • FDA Orders Changes to Ketek but Leaves It on the Market
    Mar-26-07 Rockville, MD: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making changes to the labeling of Ketek following pressure from numerous organizations regarding the drugs' safety. The organization has announced that Ketek will now come with a black box warning to alert consumers to the potential for serious side effects associated with taking the drug. ...
  • Activists Take on Eli Lilly Over Off-Label Sale of Zyprexa
    Feb-27-07 Washington, DC: On February 23, 2007, a new grass roots advocacy group issued a press release to rally support for attorney, Jim Gottstein, in his legal battle with Eli Lilly over his role in providing secret company documents obtained in litigation to the media to alert the public about the health risks associated with Zyprexa that were kept hidden si...
  • Novartis failed to Warn about Elidel Cancer Link
    Dec-28-06 Washington, DC: Most lawsuits in which drug makers have tried to use preemption to dismiss failure-to-warn claims have been against companies accused of failing to warn about the risk of suicide associated with antidepressants known as selective serotonin inhibitors or SSRIs. However, a case in Pennsylvania against Novartis, involves a toddler who devel...
  • Injured Charite Spinal Disc Victims and DOJ go after Johnson & Johnson
    Oct-18-06 Washington, DC In less than two years, the FDA has received over 130 reports of serious adverse events related to the Charite disc . Lumbar spinal fusion is a procedure in which the vertebrae of the spine are fused together so that motion can no longer occur. As an alternative, the Charite disc replacement surgery is supposed to restore spinal flexib...
  • Bristol-Myers Slaps Black Box Warning On Coumadin
    Oct-11-06 Los Angeles, CA After a request by the FDA, Bristol-Myers Squibb slapped a black box warning on the label of the blood thinning drug Coumadin (generic warfarin), to alert the public about a potentially fatal risk of bleeding . The drug's previous prescribing information noted the risk, but the warning was not highlighted by a black box. Without...
  • Guidant Settles Three Lawsuits - 549 To Go
    Oct-2-06 Corpus Christi, TX Attorneys for the plaintiffs in lawsuits against Guidant and its new owner, Boston Scientific, view the settlement of a Texas case days before a jury trial as a sign that the company is dodging the courtroom. Guidant settled the case for an undisclosed amount with two plaintiffs avoiding a public trial set to begin on September 18, 20...
  • Lawsuits - Only Weapon Available Against Giant Big Pharma Pushers
    Jul-11-06 Over the past several years, new studies have shown the new generation of psychiatric drugs to be not only extremely dangerous but also ineffective, and the majority of these medications in fact now carry black box warnings about a number of life-threatening side effects associated with their use. The drugs include selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor...
  • Neurontin Deal - Slap On The Hand To Pfizer
    May-25-06 The off-label prescribing of drugs has become a serious problem over the past decade. Doctors are adjusting dosage levels and prescribing drugs for medical indications and treatment durations for which the drugs were never approved or intended. When the FDA approves a drug, it also approves the labeling for the drug, which explains the manner in which the...
  • Bank of America Breached Customer Contracts, Charging Overdraft Fees on Non-Recurring Transactions
    Feb-5-20 New York, NY Cockrom v. Bank of America alleges that Bank of America (BofA) charged overdraft fees on everyday one-time purchases, like a cup of coffee or a tank of gas, even when its deposit agreements promised that overdraft fees would be levied only on recurring transactions, such as a mortgage payments. This is a new twist on bank overdraft fee la...
  • Latest Studies Link E-Cigarette Vaping to Heavy Metal Lung Disease
    Dec-20-19 Santa Clara, CA Recent studies are ramping up the dangers of vaping e-cigarettes. For more than five years, researchers have found that e-cigarette vaping causes physical harm, including chemical burns  to lung tissue, toxic metal exposure and vitamin E oil that clogs lungs --all causing serious damage. Now a study shows that vaping e-cigar...
  • J&J Wins a Few Asbestos Talc Trials--and Loses More
    Oct-14-19 Torrance, CA: To date, Johnson and Johnson has lost 14 talcum powder lawsuits (and is appealing most of those), has won seven cases, and five mesothelioma cases have resulted in hung juries and mistrials. The pharma giant is still facing over 14,000 lawsuits alleging its baby powder contained asbestos talc and caused cancer. Two California juries in Octo...
  • Plaintiffs Cry Foul over $10.2 Million Morgan Stanley Settlement Offer
    Oct-3-19 San Francisco, CA The Northern District of California has preliminarily approved an agreement to settle a California labor lawsuit brought by a group of financial advisors who claim that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney failed to pay business expenses in violation of California labor laws. The $10.2 million settlement covers a class of 2,800 California-based f...
  • Diamonds and Wage Theft
    Sep-25-19 Los Angeles, CA A proposed class of approximately 3,800 workers appears to be on the verge of settling a class action lawsuit against Sterling Jewelers Inc. Hudson v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. alleged that the jewelry giant failed to pay employee overtime pay, wages and meal breaks in violation of the provisions of California labor employment law . If...
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