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  • Johnson & Johnson Could Be Liable for Punitive Damages in SJS Case
    Apr-16-11 Pittsburgh, PA Although cases of Stevens Johnson syndrome , also known as SJS, are rare, they can have a devastating effect on patients. Some people who developed Stevens Johnson syndrome symptoms have filed lawsuits against the makers of the drugs they say caused the condition, alleging that drugmakers failed to adequately warn about the risk of Steven...
  • New Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent Approved
    Mar-26-11 Washington, DC The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved another MRI contrast agent that contains gadolinium, despite a black box warning alerting patients to the risk of MRI contrast side effects. The new MRI contrast agent will also include the warning about the risk of gadolinium kidney failure, although the FDA reports that it is thoug...
  • Death of US Veteran Linked to Burn Pits
    Mar-14-11 Washington, DC It didn't take long for Defense Secretary Robert Gates to respond to requests by two Congressional leaders for greater oversight of US Military burn pits , and the availability of protective gear for personnel working within close proximity. Charles Schumer and Bill Nelson wrote to Gates January 5. A little more than a month later, the...
  • Death Toll Now 14 in Bus Crash, Questions Remain
    Mar-14-11 Brooklyn, NY Investigators want to determine just what the driver involved in a horrific bus crash March 12 in New York was doing in the 72 hours leading up to the crash. Driver Ophadell Williams told police that a truck had clipped his bus, causing him to lose control in a crash that killed 14 passengers and injured more than a dozen others, some crit...
  • New Food Safety Legislation to Offer Federal Whistleblower Protection
    Feb-24-11 Minneapolis, MN One of the provisions of the new food safety law recently signed by President Barack Obama will offer federal whistleblower protection to employees in the food industry, The Associated Press reports. The Food Safety and Modernization Act reportedly offers protection to such employees from being fired or otherwise retaliated against...
  • Two-Year Anniversary of Reglan Black Box Warning Almost Up
    Feb-20-11 Portland, OR For patients who have been waiting to see how Reglan side effects lawsuits play out, the time is almost up to contact an attorney. Patients who developed Reglan drug side effects but do not contact an attorney by February 26 may lose the opportunity to file a Reglan lawsuit. Patients who took Reglan for longer than three months and suffere...
  • Tardive Dyskinesia One of Major Reglan Side Effects
    Feb-14-11 Scottsdale, AZ According to the Mayo Clinic, Reglan side effects can occasionally include high fever or difficulty breathing, and patients are encouraged to contact their doctors if they experience any such symptoms. The clinic's Web site explains that Reglan is used to "treat heartburn for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)," whic...
  • Final Report on Helicopter Crash That Killed 17
    Feb-13-11 St. John's, Newfoundland The investigation into a serious helicopter crash that took 17 lives in March of 2009 off the coast of Newfoundland has been put to bed with the release of a final report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Not only is the NTSB calling upon the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement new rules with re...
  • Court Rules against Johnson & Johnson in Stevens Johnson Syndrome Case
    Feb-11-11 Los Angeles, CA A recent lawsuit involving Stevens Johnson Syndrome may result in a drug company changing its warning label. A California state appeals court has found that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk of Stevens Johnson Syndrome, sometimes known as SJS, with its drug Motrin but did not warn consumers. Although the US Food and Drug Adminis...
  • Accutane and IBD: Doctors May Not Have Made the Connection
    Feb-10-11 Salt Lake City, UT When it comes to Accutane side effects , things might not be as simple as determining that a patient took Accutane acne medication and then suffered inflammatory bowel disease. In fact, doctors may not make a link between a patient developing the condition and Accutane medication. This means that patients might have to alert their doc...
  • Amiodarone: Father Went into Hospital and Never Came Out
    Jan-4-11 Houston, TX When Robert R. was put on amiodarone , his family thought the drug was necessary to treat his condition. They did not realize that, because of amiodarone side effects, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had only approved amiodarone as a drug of last resort. Furthermore, they did not realize that the drug could result in amiodarone lun...
  • Amiodarone Interaction with Simvastatin Still a Global Concern
    Dec-20-10 Shanghai, China The Republic of China has now caught on to the pre-existing concern over simvastatin when combined with amiodarone, given a release in November by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) in China warning about the risk of rhabdomyolysis, a rare muscle injury that can lead to kidney failure and death. Simvastatin taken alone in hig...
  • Generic Reglan Legal Decision Expected in June
    Dec-19-10 Washington, DC The probability and potential for Reglan side effects to incapacitate an individual has gone all the way to the US Supreme Court, which indicated on December 10 that it would determine the suitability for lawsuits against drug companies under state law over allegations that manufacturers failed to adequately identify potential side effec...
  • Avelox Tendon Ruptures
    Dec-17-10 Spokane, WA Patients who took Avelox to treat their bacterial infection might not have been expecting a risk of serious Avelox side effects. Those serious side effects include an increased risk of Avelox tendon rupture. Like other drugs in its class, Avelox now carries a black box warning, alerting patients to serious Avelox adverse reactions. Avelo...
  • Lawsuit Filed Following Tragic Helicopter Crash
    Dec-16-10 District Heights, MD A lawsuit has been filed following a 2008 helicopter crash in which four people died. Two other lawsuits have also been filed against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) related to that helicopter accident. The 2008 helicopter crash involved a Maryland State Police helicopter. One person survived the crash. That person, Jo...
  • Energy Drink Lawsuits from Wrongful Death to Wrongful Advertising: Next Up FRS?
    Dec-3-10 Nashville, TN Alcoholic Energy Drinks have made headlines lately: a few months ago the FDA ordered seven manufacturers to either change their recipe or remove their products from the marketplace, and a number of lawsuits followed, including a wrongful death suit. But healthy energy drinks—such as FRS healthy energy and 5-hour ENERGY—have a...
  • FRS Energy Finds Fans in US Cycling Team, But Are Claims Legit?
    Nov-22-10 Foster City, CA In spite of an ongoing debate over the safety and effectiveness of its products in terms of providing benefit to athletes, FRS energy continues to move forward with promotional efforts designed to grow its market. To that end FRS signed, earlier this fall, Team TIBCO to its roster of spokespersons. Team TIBCO is a women's cycling tea...
  • Asbestos Mesothelioma from One Who Knows
    Nov-10-10 New York, NY Asbestos mesothelioma may be rare, but it affects more than 3,000 Americans every year; and Dr. Raja Flores knows a great deal about it. The professor and chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York sees more than 50 cases annually. And while it may be rare, it has been reported that the incidence of mesothelioma is...
  • Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Isn't Sole Domain of the Elderly
    Nov-8-10 Chicago, IL When debating the subject of nursing homes, the assumption is that we are talking about the elderly. But that's not always the case. There are other nursing home facilities providing care for children with developmental disabilities, for example. And akin to nursing homes serving seniors, these nursing homes in Illinois caring for children have...
  • FDA Employs Full Tool Box to Monitor Chantix
    Oct-21-10 Washington, DC The horrific incidents involving attempted or successful Chantix suicide among other side effects prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require a post-approval risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS), according to the October 8th issue of the Food and Drug Letter . Chantix—a smoking cessation drug—c...
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