Legal Issues

New Jersey Jury Awards $1.58 Million in Accutane Trial Verdict

In the case Rees v. Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc., a New Jersey jury awarded the plaintiff $1,587,928 in what is the ninth straight Accutane trial verdict in favor of plaintiffs. The jury found that the drug could cause ulcerative colitis and that Hoffman-La Roche, its manufacturer, failed to adequately warn of this risk. Trial ran from January 27 to March 10, and the jury rendered its verdict in less than a day.

Accutane was a drug for treatment of ...

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Zohydro lawsuits predicted after controversial FDA approval

In October, the FDA approved a new hydrocodone-containing pain medication known as Zohydro Extended Release. This approval has caused some controversy among doctors, pain specialists, and addiction organizations, because, according to CNN, it is five times more powerful than other pain medications. If the predictions that Zohydro will cause injury come to pass, then Zohydro lawsuits are likely in the future.

Doctor Concerns about Zohydro

 

According to CNN, pain medication abuse is the leading cause of preventable death, responsible for ...

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Teva Announces Department of Justice Investigation Into Potential False Claims Act Violations

In an annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that the Department of Justice subpoenaed information relating to two of the company’s drugs. Copaxone, a drug to treat multiple sclerosis, is Teva’s top-selling drug. It is an injectable drug that the FDA approved for reducing the frequency of relapses, although there are claims that it may also reduce the progression of the disability. Azilect is used for the treatment ...

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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits after Unnecessary Spinal Fusion Procedure

A recent article in the Washington Post examined a growing concern in the medical community, the drastic increase in certain types of surgical procedures and whether the are medically necessary. The article examined the  large increase of spinal fusion surgery in the Unites States over the past two decades with 465,000 spinal fusion procedures performed in 2011 up form 56,000 in 1994. It is estimated that nearly half of these procedures were not medically necessary.

There are many reasons ...

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At-home dialysis helps quality of life

The East Montgomery County Observer tells the story of a 27-year-old man with kidney failure, whose quality of life was greatly improved when he began using a portable, in-home dialysis system.

He previously had to make a long drive and arrive at a dialysis center at 5 a.m. in order to finish the 4-hour treatment, then make it to work on time. Doctors told him that routine would be necessary three times ...

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Meningitis pharmacy was violating law

According to a USA Today story about an ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak, the specialty pharmacy responsible has been flagrantly violating both sanitation standards and the terms of the federal laws permitting it to operate.

But the story characterizes the problem not simply as the practices of a single irresponsible business, but a systemic failing that’s permitted “compounding pharmacies” to operate on a large scale under relatively lax regulatory standards.

And patients who ...

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