Jane Mundy As the senior legal correspondent for Online Legal Media since 2004, Jane has interviewed over a thousand people—including plaintiffs and attorneys— about many issues for the company, from bad pharmaceuticals to labor law. She is also a freelance writer for a variety of international and national magazines and newspapers, including Scientific American, Readers Digest, the Globe & Mail and the National Post.
August 20, 2017.
Los Angeles, CA: In the third week of the current talcum powder trial, plaintiff’s doctor Annie Yessaian explained to the Los Angeles jury that talc can increase the risk of cancer. In its defense, J&J called to the stand Alan Andersen, a former FDA scientist and former director of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, who said that studies showed talc had “unremarkable” effects on human cells.Read [ Talcum Powder Cancer Trial: Who is More Credible? ]
August 9, 2017.
New Orleans, LA: This is Frank’s story about his son Frankie, who was prescribed Risperdal to treat ADHD when he 11 years old. (Risperdal is frequently prescribed off-label for uses not approved by the FDA.) By the time Frankie was 16, he had developed “female boobs” or gynecomastia. Frank’s son was incarcerated at 18 years of age and he will be eligible for parole in three years, when he is 29 years old.Read [ Father Worries about his Incarcerated Son with Risperdal “Female Boobs” ]
August 9, 2017.
Vancouver, BC: I drive a Subaru because it consistently gets top marks in safety from Consumers Reports and the insurance industry. It constantly gets "top safety pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And it looks good. But all these years that I’ve been driving a Subaru, it never occurred to me that there was a risk of airbag injury.Read [ Airbag Recall: My Subaru Passengers in the Back Seat ]
August 7, 2017.
Washington, DC: The number of women who have suffered Mirena IUD complications is unknown. Some women can associate problems such as cramping and infection to the birth control device because Bayer has listed such side effects on its label. But others may have developed more serious, unexplained problems.Read [ Why Mirena IUD implants are on the Rise ]
August 2, 2017.
Spokane, WA: “If Vegas World had a warning about Abilify on their site I would have thought twice,” says Debra. “Sometimes I spent the entire day there but now I spend time worrying about how I’ll ever get out of debt.” Debra gambled away her student loan and maxed out her credit cards. Now she suffers from depression as well as bi-polar disorder.Read [ Abilify Victim Gambled away Student Loan and More… ]
August 1, 2017.
Palm Springs, CA: Robert’s hip replacement has served him well for many years, even though the metal-on-metal device was recalled by DePuy. Just recently, however, his cobalt levels have skyrocketed. “My husband is having cognitive issues, which seems to indicate cobalt poisoning,” says Trudy. “In January, DePuy said they would pay for surgery to have it removed but now they won’t cover it because my husband had the surgery in India. DePuy sells its devices worldwide, so what difference does it make?”Read [ Hip Replacement and Cobalt Poisoning misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's ]
July 26, 2017.
Bend, OR: Since undergoing abdominal mesh surgery four years ago, Dale has experienced more pain than he did before the mesh was used to repair a hernia. “I get severe pain in the area of my hernia repair and sometimes a burning feeling but I never knew what was causing it, and neither did my doctor,” he says. These symptoms and more are similar to other abdominal mesh victims who needed revision surgery to remove it—or some of it.Read [ Abdominal Mesh Agony and Advice ]
July 24, 2017.
Raleigh, NC: Sexually active older men worried about the link between melanoma and Viagra/Cialis can relax—maybe. A new study has found that there is no link to skin cancer and the erectile dysfunction medications, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they should keep popping those blue pills.Read [ Viagra/Cialis and Melanoma: Jury is Still Out ]