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  • Panacryl Sutures: Recent lawsuits just Tip of the Iceberg
    Dec-19-06 Princeton, NJ In September 2002, a lawyer had a visit from a woman who told him a medical story that he initially thought was a medical malpractice situation. She had undergone several surgeries including colon-rectal surgery and a colostomy reversal and every time she was sewn up and sent home, her condition deteriorated. He got her medical records and...
  • Flu Vaccines - Open Season
    Dec-15-06 For all the frantic, unvaccinated citizens fearing the "upcoming" peak of flu season—rest assured, coming down with a flu infection is the least of your worries. Despite the governments statements urging individuals to vaccinate their children, the threat of an infantile influenza fatality is just about as serious as the dreaded hangnail. Noneth...
  • It's Just Lunch - Not honoring contracts
    Dec-11-06 Chicago, IL: It's Just Lunch is a dating service that claims to offer specialized match-making services for its professional clientele. However, many former clients and employees argue that It's Just Lunch is less than professional and fails to honor its contractual obligations. Over the past few months, many complaints about It's Just Lunch have be...
  • Glaxo Writing Checks Left and Right to Settle Paxil Legal Battles
    Dec-3-06 Madison County, IL: GlaxoSmithKline is no doubt looking forward to the New Year because the end of this one is becoming costlier by the month. On November 1, 2006, the Associated Press reported that Glaxo had agreed to pay $63.8 million to settle a class action lawsuit with allegations that Glaxo promoted Paxil for use with children and adolescents wh...
  • Biggest Off-Label Drug Marketing Scheme in History - Part II
    Dec-1-06 [ Read Part I ] Washington DC: In fairness to off-label prescribing doctors, until recently, studies that showed SSRIs were ineffective and dangerous when used by children were kept hidden and thus, the data made available to physicians painted a rosy, but false, picture of success with SSRIs. And up until recently, many doctors were not even awar...
  • Ending FDA's Love Affair With Big Pharma
    Nov-22-06 Washington, DC: With the Democrats back in power, critics say officials at the FDA and representatives of Big Pharma had better plan on spending much of their time testifying on Capital Hill in Congressional hearings in 2007. Democrats have spelled out their plans to change how the administration chooses experts to sit on FDA advisory panels and put a...
  • Lexapro Legal Problems Mount Against Forest Laboratories
    Nov-15-06 Fair Haven, NJ: According to Forest Laboratories' Annual Report, for the year ending March 31, 2006, Celexa and Lexapro , accounted for 68% of the company's sales. The drugs belong to the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Sales of Lexapro, the filing notes, increased 16% in the 4th quarter to $464,100...
  • More Adverse Effects linked to SSRI Celexa
    Nov-14-06 Avalon, NJ: According to testimony at an inquest into the deaths of Roxanne Richardson, 30, and her children, Luke, 3, and Grace, 20 months, an autopsy revealed that at the time of their murders, husband and father-turned-killer, Michael Richardson, had Celexa in his system higher than prescribed which may have caused him to become agitated and irritable...
  • ACE Inhibitors and Birth Defects - More Expensive and Less Effective
    Nov-9-06 Boston, MA: About one in every four American adults has high blood pressure which is a major risk factor for heart and kidney disease, as well as stroke and heart failure, but often occurs with no warning signs. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries which carry the blood througho...
  • Stockbroker Arbitration: Protecting Yourself
    Nov-7-06 Los Angeles, CA: If an investor feels his losses were the result of negligent actions on the part of his stockbroker , rather than the vagaries of the market, he can file for arbitration to try to recover those losses. Many contracts between investors and brokers require the investors to submit such disputes with their brokers to arbitration. Furth...
  • Multiple Births and Infertility may Increase Risk of Cerebral Palsy
    Nov-2-06 Los Angeles, CA: A study conducted by researchers at the University of California has found that couples suffering from infertility are three times more likely to have a child with serious problems such as cerebral palsy. Meanwhile, a recent study from Europe has identified an important risk factor for infants born with cerebral palsy. Children of mul...
  • Confronting Harassment at Work
    Oct-30-06 Sunnyvale, CA "I dealt with verbal abuse from a fellow worker for almost four years until I couldn't take it anymore," says Michael Low. "I filed a harassment complaint with the general manager and two days later I was suspended." "I was promoted to finance director at an auto dealership after being their used car manager for three years. This salesm...
  • Oops - Bayer forgot to tell FDA about Lethal Side Effects of Trasylol
    Oct-26-06 Washington, DC: On September 29, 2006, the New York Times reported that Bayer "failed to reveal to federal drug officials the results of a large study suggesting that a widely used heart-surgery medicine might increase the risks of death and stroke," citing an FDA announcement. That drug is aprotinin, marketed as Trasylol. Bayer's memory lapse...
  • 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...
  • Glaxo gets Hit with another Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuit
    Oct-17-06 Denver, CO Two years ago, little Eric Jackson was born with persistent pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening lung disorder in which an infant's arteries to the lungs remain constricted after birth, limiting the amount of blood flow to the lungs and oxygen in the bloodstream. Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) is associated with substantial in...
  • Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch - Statistics do not Lie
    Oct-13-06 Dallas, TX During one 17-month period between April 2002 and September 2003, the FDA received 9,116 adverse reaction reports on the Ortho Evra birth control patch . In stark contrast, during a 6 year period between 1997 and September 2003, the Ortho birth control pill only generated 1,237 adverse event reports and 6 time more women were using the pill...
  • Veterans allowed to Sue Government for Medical Malpractice
    Oct-10-06 New York, NY In a recent decision by a Southern District judge, nine veterans will be allowed to sue the government for medical malpractice stemming from the treatment they received after being discharged from duty. The veterans claim that they were victims of medical malpractice while they were treated by Veterans Administration (VA) doctors. ...
  • J&J Can't Settle Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch Cases Fast Enough
    Sep-18-06 Whitehouse, NJ: More than 500 claimants are seeking "substantial compensatory and, where available, punitive damages," from Johnson & Johnson for injuries and deaths related to the Ortho Evra birth control patch, according to the company's Second Quarter Report filed with the SEC. However, if legal analysts are correct, J&J ain't seen nothin...
  • Merck Vioxx Litigation Score Card
    Sep-14-06 New Orleans, LA In the homestretch leading up to the latest trial in New Orleans, the score in the Vioxx litigation was 5 to 4 in favor of Merck. However, in mid-August, 2006, a New Jersey victory for Merck was thrown out reversing the score to 5 to 4 in favor of plaintiffs. But none of the winning plaintiffs should count their chickens before they...
  • Pfizer Celebrex Lawsuits - 1500 and Counting
    Sep-4-06 The first Celebrex trial, originally set for June 6, 2006, has been delayed indefinitely, reportedly to give attorneys more time to gather information. Although no new trial date has been set, legal analysts now predict that Celebrex trials will begin in early 2007. The delay was requested by a federal judge in San Francisco, where Pfizer is facing around...
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