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Blog Posts in 2012

  • Patients Blinded By Tainted Eye Pharmaceuticals

    On behalf of Kaiser Gornick LLP posted in Dangerous Pharmaceuticals on Friday, December 14, 2012 Bevacizumab injections prepared by a Florida compounding pharmacy blinded almost a dozen patients according to news reports. The patients were given bevacizumab, also known as Avastin to treat various eye diseases. Out of the 12 patients who received the bevacizumab shots, all but one lost vision in ...
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  • State Pharmacy Board Director Fired After Meningitis Outbreak

    Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy director James Coffey was recently fired after a failing to provide enough pharmacy oversight before the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened hundreds and killed around 30. Officials say that Coffey failed to disclose a complaint against the New England Compounding Center (NECC) from Colorado. The complaint was filed this past July by the Colorado ...
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  • BMJ Editorial Calls For Publication Of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trial Data

    A recent editorial in the British Medical Journal calls on pharmaceutical companies to make all of their clinical trial data available to public scrutiny. Although drugmakers have saved countless lives with their innovations and breakthroughs, many companies continue to hide or misrepresent the safety of their drugs and medical devices. This results in significant public harm and costs caused by ...
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  • USA Today Study: Compounding Pharmacies Rarely Held Accountable

    A study recently published by USA Today reveals that compounding pharmacies are rarely held accountable for producing dangerous pharmaceuticals such as the NECC back injections that caused a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. Reporters looked at legal action taken by regulatory agencies against compounding centers and found that harsh punishments are very rare for these specialty pharmacies. ...
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  • ASBESTOS-RELATED ILLNESSES RAMPANT IN SOME MINING TOWNS

    Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was mined for over a century for use in thousands of products. The use of asbestos products was severely restricted in the late 1970s because it became well-known that asbestos causes a variety of ailments including a cancer called mesothelioma. Although many Californians are exposed to asbestos in occupational situations, several studies of mining ...
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  • INVESTIGATION REVEALS THAT FDA CLEARED UNTESTED PHARMACEUTICALS FOR SALE

    A recent article from Forbes Magazine highlights the extreme gaps in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process for potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. The FDA is notorious for failing to thoroughly scrutinize the claims that pharmaceutical companies make regarding the safety and effectiveness of their drugs. The FDA recently issued a recall of a generic version of Wellbutrin ...
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  • HOSPIRA RECALLS IV SOLUTIONS DUE TO MOLD CONTAMINATION

    Drugmaker Hospira Inc. has recalled some of its IV solution products due to a report of mold contamination which may endanger patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that the recall impacts Lactated Ringer's and 5% Dextrose Injection, USP, 1000 mL, Flexible Container, NDC 0409-7929-09. Lactated Ringer's solution is used in IV drips to restore fluids in hospital patients ...
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  • FDA Issues Recall Notice about TorFlex Transseptal Guiding Sheath Kit

    The FDA recently warned of a recall affecting TorFlex Transseptal Guiding Sheath Kit manufactured between December 2011 and July 2013. The maker of this defective medical device, Baylis Medical Company Inc., recalled the device and issued an Urgent Device Recall letter to its customers. The recalled device was designed "for safe and easy catheterization and angiography [a type of X-ray imaging] of ...
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  • CONTAMINATED BACK STEROID BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 28 PATIENT DEATHS

    The investigation into a deadly meningitis outbreak continues after a defective pharmaceutical killed over two dozen patients and sickened over 386. Authorities say that a fungus-contaminated steroid was shipped clinics in at least 23 states from a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. "On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I want to express my deepest sympathy for each person and their ...
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  • FDA warns numerous dietary supplements might cause serious cardiovascular health issues

    The FDA recently warned that its lab analysis has identified an undeclared ingredient in multiple dietary supplements marketed as natural remedies for weight loss. The ingredient in question - sibutramine - "was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 for safety reasons." According to the FDA, sibutramine can "substantially increase blood pressure and or pulse rate" and may "present a ...
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  • AVANDIA AND ACTOS LINKED TO BLINDNESS IN DIABETES PATIENTS

    A recent article in the New York Times indicates that popular diabetes drugs such as Avandia and Actos have been linked to blindness in some patients. The article highlights the dangers of thiazolidinediones, a group of diabetes medications that have spawned many pharmaceutical liability lawsuits arising out of the devastating side effects these drugs can produce. Blindness and vision damage ...
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  • REPORT: J&J CONTINUED SELLING DEFECTIVE VAGINAL MESH AFTER FDA WARNING

    We have covered many vaginal mesh implant cases in previous posts. Although medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson agreed to stop selling these defective medical devices this summer, more evidence indicates that the company was aware that these products should have never been sold in the first place. Vaginal mesh implants were a popular medical device used to treat a condition called ...
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  • CALIFORNIA WOMAN AWARDED $5 MILLION IN VAGINAL MESH CASE

    In our last post, we discussed the wave of litigation brought against medical device company Johnson & Johnson over its defective transvaginal mesh implants. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against J&J and other mesh implant manufacturers by women who have suffered severe pain and medical complications after their mesh implants failed. One Bakersfield, California, jury recently awarded a ...
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  • SURGICAL CLIP MANUFACTURER MAY FACE FAILURE-TO-WARN LITIGATION

    California product liability claims typically fall under one of three legal theories: design defects, manufacturing defects and failure-to-warn of known hazards. CNN reports that manufacturers of surgical clips may face failure-to-warn product liability litigation from kidney donors who suffered serious injuries when the clips slid off after surgery. Surgical clips are widely used to close ...
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  • GSK PAYS $3 BILLION SETTLEMENT FOR ILLEGAL PHARMACEUTICAL MARKETING

    In our last post, we discussed a $3 billion settlement agreed to by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to settle allegations that it illegally marketed dangerous pharmaceuticals for unapproved, off-label uses. In addition to the antidepressant Paxil, authorities allege that the drugmaker mismarketed several other drugs, including Wellbutrin and Avandia. Wellbutrin, also known as bupropion, is used to treat ...
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