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Blog Posts in 2017

  • FDA Recalls Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

    Later in September of 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of many liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination. The products made by PharmaTech LLC in Davie, Florida, included liquid stool softeners, liquid vitamin D drops, and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children. Earlier, there was a discovery of Burkholderia cepacia ...
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  • Thousands of Cardiac Pacemakers Recalled

    Just last month, Abbott (which combined with St. Jude Medical in January) issued a recall of 465,000 pacemakers that will require patients to visit their doctor or hospital for an update on cybersecurity. The devices they’re recalling are cardiac pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT-P) devices, including the following: Accent Anthem Accent MRI Accent ST Assurity Allure According ...
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  • Kaiser Gornick Wins $13M Verdict for the Lopez Family

    KG attorneys Jeffrey Kaiser, Lawrence Gornick and David Markevitch represented the family of Mark Lopez at trial against Hillshire Brands Co. On August 16, 2017, the jury found the company liable for causing Lopez’s death from mesothelioma and awarded $13 million in damages. The Union Sugar Plant, which was owned by Hillshire Brands Co., was active in the small town of Betteravia, where Lopez grew ...
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  • Cobalt Poisoning Mistaken for Alzheimer’s

    DePuy is one of the makers of a metal-on-metal hip replacement device, the DePuy’s ASR hip resurfacing system. Thousands of U.S. patients opted to have hip-replacement surgery in Hyderabad, India, using this particular device. The reason for this medical tourism was the system hadn’t been approved yet by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the surgery was also much less expensive outside ...
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  • Cantrell Recalls Drug Because of Sterility Concerns

    According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Cantrell Drug Company has recalled almost 30 lots of various sterile drug products because of a concern over their actual sterility. The products were distributed across the country to various healthcare facilities from May 25 to October 31, 2016. Some of the products contained calcium chloride, fentanyl citrate, glycopyrrolate, heparin sodium, ...
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  • Understanding Malignant Mesothelioma

    Malignant mesothelioma is a type of rare cancer that usually develops after exposure to asbestos, a product commonly used as a building material prior to the 1970s. It affects about 3,000 people per year in the United States. Mesothelioma is cancer that develops around various organs. The most common organ that might develop mesothelioma is the lung, where pleural mesothelioma will form around the ...
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  • Popular Birth Control Recalled

    Baltimore-based company Lupin Pharmaceuticals recently recalled some of its Mibelas 24 Fe tablets after it was found that a packaging error had switched the contraceptive tablets with the non-hormonal placebos. Women using this form of birth control may have been taking placebo pills when they believed they were taking contraceptives. Each set of the pills comes with 28 tablets—24 contain active ...
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  • Januvia Side Effects May Include Pancreatic Cancer

    Januvia is the marketed name of sitagliptin, an oral antihyperglycemic drug used to manage Type 2 diabetes. Januvia is a prescription drug used in incretin therapy, which signals the pancreas to create more insulin and decrease the sugar made by the liver. It was approved in 2006 and is one of the most popular Type 2 diabetes drugs on the market. However, some studies of the drug have shown rare ...
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  • Invokana Lawsuits Consolidated into Multi-District Litigation

    Drug manufacturing mega-giant Johnson & Johnson has faced its fair share of lawsuits over the last several years, and one of the latest involves a class of type 2 diabetes treatment drugs known as GLT-2 inhibitors. Johnson & Johnson, along with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. produces arguably the most popular drug in this class, known as Invokana. Back in 2015, the Food and Drug Administration ...
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  • Powdered Surgical Gloves Banned by the FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned the use of powdered gloves in surgery and other medical and dental procedures. Pre-powdered exam gloves, pre-powdered surgeons’ gloves, and absorbable powder use for lubricating surgeon’s gloves are no longer allowed to be used by healthcare professionals and facilities. Likewise, all non-powdered gloves should have no more than 2 milligrams ...
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  • DePuy's Pinnacle Hip Implant System To Be Tried In Court Once Again

    According to a recent court order, a group of ten cases, this time with New York plaintiffs, are currently being worked up for another bellwether trial scheduled to take place in September of this year. Expert disclosures have been submitted by all parties and depositions are scheduled to take place in the upcoming weeks. These plaintiffs and thousands of other people are alleging serious injuries ...
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  • GSK Recalls Thousands of Inhalers with Defects

    GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British pharmaceutical company, is recalling more than half a million asthma inhalers in a Level II voluntary recall. Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers have been recalled because of a possible malfunction with the delivery system of the medication. About 593,000 inhalers were recalled, including lots 6ZP0003, 6ZP9944, and 6ZP9848 in the United States. The recalled inhalers were ...
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  • TRT Manufacturer AbbVie Unable to Avoid Bellwether Trials

    On May 8, 2017, US District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly ruled on several matters regarding the upcoming MDL bellwether trials ( In e: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation) . AbbVie, the manufacturer of AndroGel, had filed motions to exclude expert testimony on causation and for summary judgment in an attempt to dismiss the cases based on a lack of sufficient causation ...
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  • Defibrillators Used in Patients Recalled

    St. Jude Medical defibrillators were implanted in patients even after a formal recall of the defective devices last year, according to a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The warning letter to St. Jude indicated the agency isn’t satisfied with the medical technology company’s response to problems at its Sylmar, California, plant. The problems with the device began years ...
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  • EpiPen Makers Recall Products Nationwide

    Epinephrine autoinjectors, otherwise known as EpiPens, are medical devices used to inject a measured dose of epinephrine to help treat anaphylaxis. Many people depend on these devices to survive potentially life-threatening allergic responses. Just last month, Meridian Medical Technologies, a manufacturer of Mylan’s EpiPen, expanded a recent voluntary recall to include medical devices shipped to ...
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