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Blog Posts in 2010

  • CALIFORNIA WOMAN BRINGS TRANSVAGINAL MESH CASE AGAINST BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP.

    A California woman sues Boston Scientific Corp. after receiving a defective transvaginal mesh implant. The woman alleges serious damages associated with the medical device’s failure. Many women in California experience a condition called "pelvic organ prolapsed," which happens when the muscles and tissues that support a woman's pelvic organs weaken and the organs slip out of place. Surgeons used ...
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  • DRUGMAKER MERCK TO PAY $1 BILLION IN FINES FOR MISMARKETING VIOXX

    The U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp & Dohme will pay $1 billion for endangering patients through mismarketing of the painkiller Vioxx Many individuals in California and around the country are harmed by pharmaceuticals every year. A pharmaceutical can harm a person for a variety of reasons. Some defective pharmaceuticals are inadequately tested before they go to market and other drugs work ...
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  • CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST MANUFACTURER OF DEFECTIVE HEARING AID IMPLANTS

    A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Cochlear Limited, an Australian company that allegedly sold defective hearing aid implants. The father of a deaf girl recently filed a class action lawsuit against Australian medical device company Cochlear Limited. The American father alleges that his daughter's hearing implant failed and that his family suffered a variety of hardships due to ...
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  • GRANUFLO DIALYSIS SOLUTION LINKED TO HEART ATTACK DEATHS

    Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation into whether Fresenius Medical Care hid the deadly side effects associated with its dialysis solution called GranuFlo. Use of GranuFlo has been linked to a significant increase in heart attacks and deaths in patients that have undergone dialysis. The New York Times reports that patients receiving GranuFlo were up to six times more likely to ...
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  • CALIFORNIA WOMAN PREVAILS IN CHOICE OF LAW ARGUMENT AGAINST DRUGMAKER

    A California woman who developed a severe jawbone disease after taking Zometa recently prevailed in a choice of law argument concerning punitive damages. Punitive damages are sometimes awarded in defective pharmaceuticals cases. Punitive damages are money awards typically intended to financially punish a pharmaceutical company for the damage caused by its defective drugs and to deter the company ...
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  • CALIFORNIA COURT DISMISSES PARENTS' 'FAILURE TO WARN' PHARMACEUTICAL LIABILITY CASE

    The parents of a deceased patient failed to state a “failure to warn” claim against drugmakers that adequately warned a physician of potential drug side effects Many defective pharmaceuticals cases are filed in San Francisco and throughout California every year. Many involve "failure to warn" claims in which patients allege that drugmakers failed to warn them of all the potential risks associated ...
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  • PARENTS SUE BARR LABORATORIES INC. FOLLOWING DAUGHTER'S DEATH

    Prescription drugmaker Barr Laboratories Inc. was recently sued by the parents of a California woman who died after taking an oral contraceptive. The parents' defective drug claim alleged that their daughter died after taking Kariva, a birth control pill. The woman allegedly developed a blood clot that led to a fatal pulmonary embolism during a trip to India. The lawsuit filed by her parents ...
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  • COURT FINDS THAT STATE LAW CLAIMS REGARDING A DEFECTIVE HIP IMPLANT ARE NOT PRE-EMPTED

    A federal appeals court recently found that a man who received a defective hip implant can move forward with his defective manufacturing-based state law claims. Hip implants are one of the most common types of medical devices sold. Unfortunately, hip implant failure is common and often provides the basis for defective medical device lawsuits. One of the most recent defective medical device ...
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  • WOMAN SUES W.L. GORE FOR DEFECTIVE MESH IMPLANT

    Female genital prolapse is a common problem that can occur for a variety of reasons. The collapse of the pelvic floor during childbirth is the most typical cause of genital prolapse, but forms of the condition can also occur after a hysterectomy and due to hormonal problems. Transvaginal mesh implants are a treatment option for genital prolapse that has proven to be highly problematic. Vaginal ...
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  • COURT FINDS STRYKER MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING DEFECT CLAIM ADEQUATELY PLED

    There are three product liability theories under California law: manufacturing defect, product design defect and failure to warn. One recent failure to warn and negligence case was brought against Stryker Corp. and Howmedica Osteonics Corp. The lawsuit was brought by a patient who received a femoral endoprosthesis implant in 1994, when he was 15 years old. The patient's left femur was removed due ...
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  • J&J STUDY INDICATES SHOCKING FAILURE RATES IN DEPUY ALL-METAL HIP IMPLANTS

    An internal study done by Johnson & Johnson estimates that the company's all-metal implants have a 37 percent five-year failure rate, according to court documents recently made public. This means that all-metal hip implants are more than seven times more dangerous than traditional hip implants made of metal and plastic. Thousands of Californians have received all-metal hip implants manufactured by ...
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  • MEDTRONIC FACES LAWSUITS RELATED TO DEFECTIVE AND MISMARKETED MEDICAL DEVICES

    Medtronic Inc. faces several product liability lawsuits alleging defective and illegally marketed medical devices. Medtronic Inc. recently agreed to an $85 million settlement with shareholders based on claims that the medical device company's executives lied about the profitability of Medtronic's INFUSE bone graft product. Although Medtronic settled the securities fraud lawsuit, company officials ...
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  • DIABETES DRUG ACTOS LINKED TO BLADDER CANCER

    The safety of the oral diabetes drug Actos has been increasingly questioned as research has linked the drug to bladder cancer. Pharmaceutical product liability litigation surrounding Actos jumped markedly in the past few years as more patients began developing bladder cancer and other serious side effects. Actos, also known as pioglitazone, was introduced to the U.S. market by Takeda ...
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  • FDA CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE FUNGAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

    The federal investigation into a Massachusetts-based pharmacy has widened as more of its products have been found to be contaminated with bacteria. The New England Compounding Center (NECC) is the specialty pharmacy blamed for a national outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has sickened more than 430 and killed dozens. The fungal meningitis outbreak is linked to the NECC's preservative-free ...
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  • GLAXOSMITHKLINE POSTS DECREASING PROFITS AMID TANKING AVANDIA SALES

    Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline posted declining third-quarter profits amid the European financial slowdown and tanking sales of its drug Avandia. Avandia, also known as rosiglitazone, is a diabetes drug that works as an insulin sensitizer. Sales of Avandia peaked around 2006, when it brought in billions for GSK, but reports of serious adverse side effects caused sales to plummet in following ...
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