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June 2015 Archives

Transvaginal mesh settlements in negotiation

More than 54,000 federal transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been centralized before a single West Virginia court, and tens of thousands of additional cases have been filed in state courts nationwide. One of the manufacturers of the implanted medical device, which has been linked to excruciating internal injuries, has decided to settle.

Recent science addresses Xarelto bleeding risk

Two professional journal articles released during the week of June 15 underscore the reason that patients who used the anticoagulant Xarelto suffered serious injury. Those scholarly pieces also somewhat vindicated victims or the family members of decedents who have filed Xarelto lawsuits.

Some IVC filters can pose serious risks

Some of the cage-like filters designed to stop blood clots from flowing from the lower part of the body to the heart apparently turned out to be defective. Victims of those defects from several states want a panel of federal judges to decide July 30 to centralize the product liability litigation before a single federal judge for more economical pretrial management.

Fluoroquinolone peripheral neuropathy lawsuits may be centralized

A panel of federal judges will hold a hearing July 30 in San Francisco on whether to centralize litigation against the makers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The lawsuits generally allege that fluoroquinolones, or FQs, are linked to irreversible nerve damage.

Court sides with Topamax victims

Topamax_Birth_Defects.jpgA judge at Pennsylvania's Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas recently affirmed a March 2014 jury verdict in favor of a child suffering from Topamax birth defects and her family. The ruling is but one instance in which Topamax victims prevailed over the maker of the drug, Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Key things to know about so-called 'female Viagra'

You can't get a controlled drug without a prescription. That does not mean drug companies don't do all they can to boost sales by marketing directly to you. Whatever your aches or pains, big pharma is ready to put its wares in front of you with the follow-up message - "talk to your doctor about …."

Preventing construction accidents

More than 80,000 workers annually in the U.S. suffer an injury on construction sites, according to the Construction Industry Safety Initiative, the inspiration of major U.S. contractors who every year devote a week in May to raising the awareness of workplace safety. About a fifth of the 4,000 or so U.S. workplace fatalities that occur every year are in the construction industry, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

FBI probes power morcellation risk as lawsuits filed

First, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warnings about a uterine fibroid treatment known as laparoscopic power morcellation. Now, the FBI has begun investigating what one of the morcellator makers may have known about the cancer risks linked to the device.

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