Product News and Recalls

Tarceva Settlement Highlights Flaws in FDA Drug Approval Process

tarceva shows flaws in FDA approvalsIn June of 2016 Genentech, Inc issued a letter to doctors telling them to stop prescribing Tarceva, a lung cancer drug, to patients unless those patients presented with a specific gene mutation. A recent story in the Los Angeles Times details how the drug was showing only a 10 percent effectiveness rate in patients taking it, while simultaneously causing rashes all over those patient’s bodies.

Tarceva was designed to block ...

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Lawyer Sanctioned After Coffee-Flinging Incident

Words were exchanged. Tempers flared. And, in the end, a perfectly good cup of iced coffee was sacrificed in an act of senseless violence.

Had cooler heads prevailed on that warm Boston summer morning, life could have carried on as normal. The coffee, iced with a bit of sweat forming on the outside of the cup, would have been consumed and enjoyed the way the roasters had hoped while crafting the beverage. Little did it know, as it sat on the ...

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Study Re-emphasizes Heartburn Drug’s Link to Kidney Disease

new study renews focus on heartburn drugs and kidney diseaseLast year saw a dramatic increase in the attention being paid to injuries sustained by patients taking a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. While the term may not be familiar, you almost certainly know them by name. In fact, they’re likely sitting in your medicine cabinet as you read this.

Prilosec. Nexium. Prevacid. The ads for these drugs make it seem as though taking a ...

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J&J Talc Cases Look for New Life in New Jersey Court

johnson and johnson talc ovarian cancer cases go back to trialTwo New Jersey plaintiffs are seeking to reinstate their cases against Johnson & Johnson, claiming they developed ovarian cancer as a result of using the company’s Shower to Shower product line.

Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson initially threw out the cases of Diana Balderrama and Brandi Carl because he rejected the expert testimony presented on their behalf. In their appeal, the plaintiffs assert Judge Johnson “misapplied the ...

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IVC Filter Implantation Process Could Be Flawed from the Start

ivc filters may be flawed from the point of implantationThe Cleveland Clinic has issued a report on a recent national cohort study that details a dramatic rise in the use of IVC filters since 1999. The study focuses on Medicare beneficiaries discharged with pulmonary embolism, and suggests that doctors have found the devices to be “more palatable” because most models manufactured today can be removed.

However, the report also acknowledges a major flaw in how ...

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Four New Jersey Cases Show Severity of E-Cigarette Malfunctions

new cases show dangers of electronic cigarettesAs our dependence on mobile electronics continues to grow, so does our need for portable power options. This has led to some exciting advances in battery technology but has also shown us what can go wrong when these batteries malfunction.

Reports of overheating and swelling laptop batteries were just the start. One need only recall a couple of months back (and a few million dollars in stock value) to ...

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