Posts Tagged 'shingles'

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.

Zostavax is recommended ...

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Zostavax Label Updated to Reflect Shingles Virus Risk

Zostavax label receives subtle yet important updateThe contraindication section of the label for shingles vaccine Zostavax recently received a subtle, yet important, update.

The previous label made no direct mention of the fact that, if taken by someone who has a suppressed or inactive immune system, Zostavax could actually cause shingles in the vaccinated patient. This is an important point, as the patient would be administered the vaccine specifically to avoid the painful – and potentially life-threatening ...

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New Lawsuit Claims Zostavax Shingles Link

Zostavax linked to causing shinglesA lawsuit filed in mid-July seeks compensation and damages for 18 patients who claim that Merck’s anti-shingles vaccine Zostavax actually gave them the condition they were seeking to avoid. Hailing from a variety of states, the plaintiffs have come together to sue Merck in its home state of New Jersey.

Zostavax is targeted at people aged 50 years or older and the CDC has gone so far as to issue ...

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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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