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Actos Lawsuit Results in $9 Billion Jury Verdict

A Louisiana jury has rendered one of the biggest damage verdicts ever imposed, ordering a Japanese drugmaker, and its American partner, to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes drug that has been linked to cancer. The jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical to pay $6 billion in punitive damages, meant to punish the drugmaker for hiding cancer risks of its diabetes drug Actos from patients. Eli Lilly, which had marketed the drug in the United States, was ordered to pay $3 billion. Both Takeda and Lilly indicated they would appeal the verdict. While these are the types of verdicts that send lobbyists screaming to their politicians about excessive jury awards and the need for tort reform, bladder cancer drug injuries are serious ...

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Hip Implants on the Rise, But There are Serious Risks

Hip and joint implant procedures have become very common throughout the United States. A recent large-scale Mayo Clinic study revealed that two out of every 100 Americans now has an artificial joint. For adults over the age of 50, five percent have replaced a knee and more than two percent have had a hip replaced. Altogether, this means there are around seven million people in the United States who are currently living with a replacement joint. Each year, more than 600,000 knees and 400,000 hips are replaced and the number will continue to grow. However, even as some tout the "success" of hip replacements, there are also very serious risks. The procedures are expensive and the recovery period after surgery is very long. While it ...

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Multidistrict Litigation Formed for Lipitor Claims

Pfizer Inc. is being sued by patients who developed Type 2 diabetes after using the cholesterol-lowering medication Lipitor. With more than 56 different pending federal lawsuits, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has approved a motion to consolidate cases against the pharmaceutical manufacturer.  Patients prescribed Lipitor may file claims and become part of the multidistrict litigation or may pursue their own independent actions against Pfizer Inc. An experienced drug recall attorney can help patients experiencing Lipitor complications to understand their rights and chose the best approach to obtaining compensation. Lipitor MDL Could Help Plaintiffs Recover Compensation for Losses Lipitor is classified as a statin, and contains the active ingredient atorvastatin. Atorvastatin was synthesized for the first time in 1985 by Parke-Davis Warner-Lambert Company, ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Put Your Heart at Risk

When Johnson & Johnson recalled its DePuy metal hip implants, one potential concern was that elevated levels of metal ions in the blood stream could increase the risk of dementia and heart failure.  Unfortunately, recent cases indicate that patients may experience heart problems due to metal hips even when there is no obvious problem with their hip replacement joints.  Metal-on-metal hips have been a source of increasing concern in recent years as more patients experience failures and require revision surgery.  The risk of heart-attacks is just one more worry to add to the list for patients who had a metal-on-metal device implanted. Patients harmed by these hip replacements should consult with a defective medical device attorney at DeCarlo Law to understand their rights ...

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Acetaminophen Overdose: McNeil & the FDA Slow to Act

Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, is marketed as the pain reliever used most by hospitals and recommended by pediatricians. By promoting itself as a safe and fast pain reliever, Tylenol has become one of the most popular medications in the U.S. and is used by tens of millions of people every week. Many users, however, are unaware that the margin between a helpful amount and a harmful amount is much smaller for acetaminophen than for other types of pain relievers.  An acetaminophen overdose can have deadly side effects and could permanently damage or destroy the liver. Manufacturer McNeil Consumer Healthcare and the Food and Drug Administration have both been aware of the risks for more than 30 years but consumers still don't have adequate warnings. ...

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FDA Warning on OTC Sodium Phosphate Products Illustrates Inconsistency by the Agency

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on Jan. 8, 2014, about possible harm from exceeding the recommended dose of over-the counter drugs to treat constipation.  According to the FDA safety announcement, a number of over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives have been found to have serious and potentially fatal side effects when warnings on the "Drug Facts" label are not followed or when there are certain coexisting health conditions.  In other words, you should read the label carefully if you're taking a laxative and not exceed the maximum dose. While consumers might think the federal agency is taking strong action to protect the public, in fact this recent warning illustrates how the FDA can act inconsistently. Drug recall lawyer Jeffrey D. DeCarlo - ...

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Master Complaint Drafted in Byetta Lawsuits

Byetta and Januvia lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) to facilitate the processing of claims made by  plaintiffs hoping to recover compensation for injuries caused by the Type II diabetes drugs. On December 2, the court approved the use of a master complaint and short form complaint for all pending cases filed in the Byetta MDL. This means that one complaint was drafted and accepted that combines general questions of both fact and common law related to the pending lawsuits.  An experienced drug recall lawyer knows that multidistrict litigations are common in cases involving defective drugs and medications because these products often cause harm to thousands of people. Master complaints can make it easier for a judge to make decisions on ...

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Patients Suffer Due to Institutional Corruption in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Almost every day, there is a new story about a drug that had a dangerous or unexpected side effect and that is causing serious illness or injury to patients. Many may wonder how this keeps happening when the Food and Drug Administration is supposed to protect the public from dangerous drugs and when the pharmaceutical manufacturers have an obligation to make sure that their products are tested and safe before those drugs are sold.  A recent article in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics sheds some potential light on how and why pharmaceutical companies keep releasing products that cause so much damage. The proposed answer is institutional corruption, which runs deep at multiple levels. Institutional corruption isn't any particular rule violation or ...

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Defective Medical Device Manufacturers Make Mistakes with Metal Joint Implants

As baby boomers age, medical device manufacturers are experiencing a significant demand for products to treat the ailments of an aging generation of unprecedented size. Older people, however, are not the only ones who may need medical devices to improve their condition.  Any defective medical device lawyer in Miami knows that there has been a major shift in recent years in the people who are seeking joint implants and other similar medical procedures. Now, instead of just older people needing hip or knee replacements, younger people are making use of these devices as well. This could be great news for medical device manufacturers, except these manufacturers made serious mistakes with some of the products targeting the young: hip and knee replacements. Defective Medical ...

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Active Ingredient in Tylenol Linked To Liver Damage

Millions of people take pain relievers each day without as much as a second thought. Widely available and used for relief of headache, fever, and other minor aches and pains, Tylenol remains the nation's number one adult pain medicine. Tylenol contains an active ingredient known as acetaminophen, and many Americans remain unaware of the serious side-effects that may result from using this common drug. Tylenol injury lawyer Jeffrey D. DeCarlo understands that an acetaminophen overdose often is difficult to detect and not only could result in acute liver failure, but also lead to death. According to recent research, these accidental overdoses affect tens of thousands of people every year. Acetaminophen study reveals dangers of Tylenol overdose Acetaminophen, classified as a mild analgesic, is ...

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