Product News and Recalls

Merck Moves to Consolidate as Zostavax Lawsuits Multiply

zostavax cases consolidated to MDLNow facing close to 60 lawsuits over its shingles vaccine Zostavax, Merck has petitioned for an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, to be created to help resolve the cases. 57 Zostavax lawsuits currently span nine federal courts, and the corporation only expects that number to grow. The lawsuits stem from allegations that Zostavax – marketed under the promise of preventing shingles – can actually cause the condition instead.

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2.6 Million Vuse Vibe Batteries Recalled

2.6 million vuse vibe batteries recalledThe R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. issued a nationwide recall for 2.6 million of the batteries, or “power units,” for its Vuse Vibe line of electronic cigarettes earlier this month. The recall is voluntary in nature and, to date, the batteries have not caused any injuries. At issue, as is the case with many battery-based consumer products, is a possible malfunction that can occur and cause the device to ...

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Essure Faces New U.S. Restrictions

essure facing new sales restrictions in U.S.The sale and implantation of Essure in the United States is facing a new set of federally-mandated restrictions, and the government has left the enforcement of that mandate to the company that manufactures the device being restricted.

In response to a decline in demand for its female sterilization solution that quite literally spans the globe, Bayer ceased sales of Essure in every market on the planet except the United States late ...

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UPDATE: Jury Issues Striking Punitive Damage Award in J&J Talc Asbestos Case

jury issues 80 million dollar punitive verdict in Johnson baby powder asbestos caseThe jury that found that asbestos present in Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powder products led to a man’s mesothelioma has awarded the plaintiff an additional $80 million in punitive damages.

New Jersey resident Stephen Lanzo claimed that his use of the company’s talc powders since his birth in 1972 resulted in long-term exposure to asbestos fibers. Now diagnosed with mesothelioma, Lanzo already ...

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UPDATE: New Jersey Bard Mesh Trial Ends in $68 Million Awarded in Damages

New Jersey bard mesh lawsuit ends in 68 million dollar verdictBard’s first pelvic mesh implant trial in New Jersey ended with a combined $33 million awarded in compensatory damages to the plaintiff and her husband when it concluded that two of the company’s mesh devices were defectively designed. That award more than doubled shortly after when the jury tacked on an additional $35 million in punitive damages in the case.

Plaintiff Mary McGinnis had ...

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Ovarian Cancer No Longer Sole Concern with Talc Use

Johnson and Johnson talc linked to asbestos mesothelioma riskJohnson & Johnson, the world’s largest healthcare products company, has been embroiled in a number of lawsuits alleging that the talc contained in its feminine hygiene products causes ovarian cancer when used over time. At issue is the main ingredient found in products like Shower to Shower which was heavily marketed to women, particularly in the 1980s.

The lawsuits allege that the talc, when frequently applied to the genital ...

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