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A History of Talcum Powder

Over the past year, two different juries have awarded compensatory as well as punitive damages to plaintiffs who filed talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. More than 1,000 additional lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson claiming that the manufacturer knew of the link between the product’s use and the development of ovarian…

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The Fight Against Power Morcellators

Power morcellators are surgical devices that grind uterine fibroids into fragments for removal through small incisions in the abdomen. Unfortunately, there are no reliable methods to determine, prior to surgery, whether a fibroid contains hidden uterine cancer. The inability to rule out cancer prior to using the morcellator makes the laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy using a…

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What Patients Should Know about IVC Filters

What is the issue with IVC filters? IVC filters are implanted into the inferior vena cava vein of patients with deep vein thrombosis, and are intended to be used temporarily to block dangerous blood clots—known as pulmonary embolisms—from reaching a patient’s lungs. However, the filters have become the subject of hundreds of FDA adverse effect…

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Jury Awards $55 Million in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman who claimed that the use of the company’s talcum powder products around her genital areas contributed to her developing ovarian cancer. The ruling comes just months after another jury in Missouri awarded a plaintiff’s family $72 million…

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Update: Unsafe Duodenoscope Devices

Duodenoscopes are used in more than 500,000 gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures each year. These devices are used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures to diagnose and treat conditions within the bile duct and main pancreatic duct, such as gallstones and cancer. The duodenoscope can help to drain fluid from bilary and pancreatic ducts that are blocked…

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Studies Suggest Common Acid Reflux Medication Could Cause Severe Side Effects

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of medication used to treat a number of common abdominal conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach and duodenal ulcers, heartburn and erosive esophagitis. The medication works by obstructing the proton pump—an integral membrane protein—which then restricts or blocks the release of acid into a patient’s stomach. Common…

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Jay Miller Named 2016 Leadership in Law Honoree by The Daily Record

The Law Offices of Peter Angelos is proud to announce that attorney Jay Miller has been named a 2016 Leadership in Law Honoree by The Daily Record. Each year, The Daily Record Leadership in Law awards recognize legal professionals who are committed to bettering the legal profession and the communities in which they live and…

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IVC Filters Can Cause Dangerous Complications

IVC filters are inserted into the inferior vena cava vein—the largest in the human body—in order to prevent blood clots from moving to a patient’s vital organs. When implanted and maintained properly, both permanent and retrievable filters can reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism and stroke. The important difference between the two types of filters…

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Hundreds of Errors Found in FDA Essure Reports

Over the past ten years, hundreds of adverse event reports have been filed with the FDA detailing complications that occurred after receiving the Essure birth control implant. The most common complications reported have related to severe pain in the pelvis, hemorrhaging and migration of the device within the uterus. According to reports, these complications have…

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FDA Updates Guidance for Essure Birth Control

Essure is a hysteroscopic implant method of sterilization that provided a less invasive alternative to other hysteroscopic procedures used. The device is intended to provide women with a permanent form of birth control. However, over the past ten years, thousands of women have filed adverse effect reports with the FDA, detailing complications after receiving the…

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