Product News and Recalls

Intravenous Cancer Drug Now Carries Risk of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

stevens-johnson syndrome risk associated with aranespFirst Word Pharma carries word of a health warning issued to cancer patients and their healthcare professionals regarding Aranesp; as the drug now carries the risk of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, as well as other severe side effects.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition, and use of Aranesp should be discontinued immediately if SJS symptoms develop. Patients may at first exhibit flu-like symptoms such as fever, exhaustion, and muscle and ...

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Androgel Maker Ordered to Pay Up With $150 Million Verdict

Androgel maker loses case for $150 million verdictOne would think that a verdict of this magnitude would send a very loud, very clear message to Androgel maker AbbVie. Unfortunately, the testosterone therapy maker may actually escape paying on this verdict, calling into question whether the company will still “hear” the jury.

The $150 million testosterone verdict was just issued in the case of an Oregon man whose lawsuit accused AbbVie of hiding the risk of ...

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Deal Between FDA, Medical Device Makers Could Put Consumers At Risk

FDA and drug makers renegotiate reporting agreementCongress is planning to vote on a deal between the medical device industry and the FDA that could come at great risk to consumers, according to the New York Times. The agreement between the two parties is renegotiated every five years and focuses heavily on the fees that medical device companies pay the agency to review their products.

The most concerning part of the proposed agreement comes in ...

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Study Explores Shingles Link to Heart Attack and Stroke

study shows possible heart attack link to shinglesTo an adult who has had chickenpox at some point in his or her life, the idea of one day developing shingles is something they’d most certainly like to avoid. The virus that causes the excruciatingly painful skin rash is the same virus that took you out of school for a while during childhood. It remains dormant in your body from that time forward, until sometimes it eventually makes ...

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Plaintiffs Brace in Wake of Supreme Court Liability Decision

Supreme Court issues liability decisionA Supreme Court decision handed down last month and previously addressed on this blog may have huge implications not only for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, but for product liability laws across most manufacturers’ product lines as well.

If you recall, the Supreme Court overwhelmingly ruled in favor of Bristol-Myers Squibb by 8-1 in June. At question was whether plaintiffs from states other than California could join in a ...

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Supreme Court Deals Potential Blow to Plaintiffs in Consolidated Talc Cases

supreme court issues ruling in Plavix trialThe Supreme Court has passed down an 8-1 ruling against out-of-state plaintiffs’ ability to sue Bristol-Myers Squibb in California over the company’s blood thinning medication, Plavix. The ruling is being viewed as a win for those who oppose “venue shopping,” or plaintiffs who are perceived to seek out favorable courts for their cases.

When numerous cases throughout the country involve “common factual issues [which] are sufficiently complex,” plaintiffs ...

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