J & J faces thousands of Risperdal lawsuits
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on November 11, 2015
More than 5,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for failure to warn doctors and consumers that Risperdal can cause boys to grow large breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. Risperdal Litigation At least 1,500 Risperdal cases have been consolidated in Pennsylvania on behalf of individuals who allege the drug caused excessive male breast...
FDA Issues Warning for Low-T Users
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on April 7, 2015
Last year, we told you about an alarming new trend: doctors prescribing testosterone replacement therapy for men who may not need it. Now, the FDA has announced that prescription testosterone products are only approved for the treatment of specific medical conditions, not for low testosterone levels due to aging. Additionally, manufacturers of all low-T...
Benzodiazepines Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices, Health & Wellness on October 29, 2014
Most of us take medications knowing there is a risk of side effects, but that risk is small, right? Surely the FDA ensures the health benefits outweigh these minor inconveniences, right? But what if I told you that if your grandmother took a sleeping pill, she’d be 50% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease?...
Xarelto: Is it the next Pradaxa?
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on August 13, 2014
After the recent multi-million dollar Pradaxa lawsuit settlement, patients who suffered a bleeding injury while taking the anticoagulant Xarelto may wonder if they have a legal claim. For more than 50 years, patients with an abnormal heart rhythm known as nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AFib not due to valve problems) used a blood thinner called...
Jury Awards $9 Billion in Actos Litigation
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on April 9, 2014
In one of the largest jury awards in U.S. history, the manufacturers of the diabetes treatment Actos® were ordered to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $9 billion in punitive damages over hidden cancer risks. According to court documents, a federal court jury found that pharmaceutical giants Takeda and Eli Lilly acted with...
Mass Torts and Class Action Suits
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on January 22, 2014
Most of the things we purchase are safe. Unfortunately, however, sometimes a defective product, drug, or medical device causes consumers to suffer an injury. In the U.S., when many people are harmed by the same defendant (or group of defendants), depending on the circumstances, individual lawsuits may be grouped together. Learn the Lingo ...
Judge Fines Pradaxa Drugmaker $1M over Missing Files
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on December 12, 2013
German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has been fined $931,000 in federal court for withholding or failing to preserve documents sought by plaintiffs in hundreds of Pradaxa lawsuits. According to court documents, Boehringer failed to preserve or produce files belonging to a high-level scientist, sales representatives, consultants and others. The drugmaker also failed to provide...
Some Supplements Too Good to Be True
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on December 3, 2013
It seems you can’t turn on the radio without hearing an ad for dietary supplements claiming to help with everything from diabetes to erectile dysfunction. Sometimes scams are obvious, but such a distinction is not always as clear. Advertisements like these can confuse consumers because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates dietary supplements...
Whistleblowers Receive $168 Million
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on November 5, 2013
In one of the largest payouts in history, people from three states will be taking home a share of the $167.7 million awarded to whistleblowers for exposing Johnson & Johnson’s use of improper marketing and kickbacks. $2 Billion Settlement In a press conference yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that Johnson & Johnson...
FDA Shuts Down Ohio Drug Company
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on September 19, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a federal judge has approved a consent decree of permanent injunction against Shamrock Medical Solutions Group of Lewis Center, Ohio for manufacturing and labeling violations. The company repackages and distributes drug products to hospitals across the country. A consent decree is a legal agreement between...