Product News and Recalls

Investigating Ketek, Bi-Partisan Congress Focuses on Improprieties and Inadequacies of FDA and Big Pharma

The antibiotic Ketek, manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, had been reported to cause liver failure, blurred vision and loss of consciousness in adults. Twelve adults in the United States suffered liver failure, and four of them died. Twenty-three others suffered serious liver injuries.1

The company undertook a study of Ketek in 24,000 patients to prove its safety. The trial was marred by fraud, one of the investigators on the study is now in federal prison, and another lost his medical license.1

Sanofi-Aventis first ...

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Vioxx’s next battlefield: New Orleans

But assembling a jury for product liability trial in Katrina-ravaged city may prove difficult.

By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writer

February 2, 2006: 1:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – The next big battle over Vioxx takes place in New Orleans, a city mired in its own conflicts with nature, the government and itself.

The retrial of Merck v. Plunkett is scheduled to begin Monday in New Orleans — less than two months after a trial, presided over by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon ...

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Merck Wins Battle, Faces War

Matthew Herper and Robert Langreth, 11.03.05, 1:42 PM ET

Merck won a significant decision in a Vioxx lawsuit, emerging victorious on all counts in the New Jersey case of a postal worker and Vietnam veteran who said that two months of Vioxx use caused his heart attack.

“This vindicates that we acted in the right way,” said Kenneth C. Frazer, Merck’s top lawyer, on a conference call with reporters.

“This is a critical victory for Merck,” says Howard Erichson, a professor of law ...

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Merck Victorious in N.J. Drugmaker Found Not Liable in Second Trial Over Painkiller Vioxx.

November 3, 2005: 12:42 PM EST

By Aaron Smith, CNN/Money staff writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Merck & Co. was found not liable by a New Jersey jury Thursday in the second lawsuit over its former blockbuster painkiller and arthritis drug Vioxx.

The jury found that Merck did not fail to warn consumers about the safety of Vioxx, was not guilty of fraud, did not misrepresent the cardiovascular risks of Vioxx while marketing it to physicians, and did not conceal information about the ...

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For Vioxx Trial Jurors, a Lot to Digest Once Deliberations Begin

By JOHN CURRAN

Associated Press Writer

October 27, 2005, 4:48 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — When six women and three men retire to a jury room in the Atlantic County Civil Courthouse to begin deliberating in the second Vioxx product liability case, they’ll have plenty to consider.

After seven weeks, 21 witnesses, hundreds of documents and enough testimony to fill 5,764 pages of trial transcript, they face a daunting task _ deciding whether Vioxx caused a postal worker’s heart attack and whether drug ...

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Welding Rods

Twenty-one national manufacturers of welding products have been sued in a class action alleging that welding rods create harmful fumes that can lead to injuries such as Manganism and Parkinson’s disease.

When welding rods are used to weld together two pieces of metal fumes are created. Manganese is an element found in these fumes in toxic levels. Exposure to Manganese can damage the central nervous system and cause neurological problems such as Parkinson’s disease and Manganism.

Attorney James J. McHugh, Jr. is ...

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