Product Liability

With Power Morcellation Under Scrutiny, What Are the Other Options?

Power morcellation was, until recently, considered a reasonable option for women seeking treatment for uterine fibroids. Amidst FDA warnings and various recalls, this option has been largely advised against. An article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the alternatives to power morcellation that are available to women that want to avoid this risky procedure.

Laparoscopic power morcellators are currently being investigated regarding their potential risk in spreading cancerous tumors in women. The device is ...

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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Accused of Neglecting Patient Safety in Actos Marketing

Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies sometimes put profits ahead of all else. While it seems that patient safety should be at the forefront of a company’s efforts in drug development, some actions can raise questions as to a company’s true priorities. A recent Bloomberg article details the Philadelphia trial of a woman who claims the company marketed its diabetes drug Actos with little regard to patient safety. The plaintiff, who has developed cancer, claimed that the company failed to sufficiently ...

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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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GM Emails Suggest Cost a Factor in Faulty Ignition Switch

The New York Times reported today that emails released during ongoing congressional hearings about GM’s faulty ignition switches discussed the cost of fixing the switch.

Based on the emails, which were written in 2005, it appears that the cost of the fixing the switch was a factor in why a change was delayed for years. Several people died in accidents caused by ignition switch failures. Because power to ...

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New Study Links Testosterone Supplements to Heart Attacks

A link has been found between the use of testosterone supplements and heart attacks according to a new study. The study authored by epidemiologist William Finkle and researchers at UCLA found that the risk of heart attack in men 65 and older taking testosterone supplements more than doubled with the first 90 days of using the product. The study found that in men under the age of 65 with ...

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Senators call for Zohydro investigation

According to The Hill, two senators are investigating allegations that “members of the pharmaceutical industry” paid large sums of money to meet with FDA officials in connection with its recent approval of Zohydro.

The Hill reports that Senators Joe Manchin, (D-WV) and David Vitter (R-LA) have written letters to the FDA and others who may have been involved. According to the letter, multiple pharmaceutical companies paid $25,000 to $30,000 to a university hospital to meet with FDA ...

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