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Study Suggests IVC Filter Use Offers No Benefit to Trauma Patients

A Journal of the American Medical Association study released in September, 2016, suggests that IVC filters do not provide benefits to trauma patients. Physicians began using inferior vena cava (IVC) filters as an alternative preventative treatment for patients who could not take blood thinners. The devices are intended to temporarily to block dangerous blood clots—known…

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Xarelto®: A Year in Review

In November, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced that the first of the Xarelto® bellwether trials, stemming from the Xarelto® multidistrict litigation, would begin in February, 2017. Since that announcement, there have been many updates in the ongoing legal battle against Xarelto® manufacturer Bayer AG and distributer Janssen Pharmaceuticals….

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Jury Awards $70 Million to Victim of Talcum Powder

On October 27, 2016, a jury awarded a California woman more than $70 million in a lawsuit filed against talcum powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. This decision brings the total awards for three ovarian cancer victims in talcum powder lawsuits in 2016 to nearly $200 million.  Nearly 2,000 additional suits have been filed claiming primarily…

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Families Claim that Manufacturer Should Have Warned of Zofran Risks

The FDA approved Zofran, an antiemetic medication manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemo therapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Although Zofran was approved for distribution only for chemotherapy and radiation patients, GSK promoted the drug as an effective means to fight the same symptoms in pregnant women. Over the…

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New Risk Associated with PPI Drugs

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. Consumer brand PPIs include Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. Yet, a recent study, which includes data from nearly 200,000 patients treated through the Department of…

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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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