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Xarelto Bellwether Trials to Begin in 2017

Dates have been selected for the first Xarelto multidistrict litigation hearings. Pretrial discovery and bellwether trial selection for the Xarelto multidistrict litigation (MDL) has begun.  The first trials will consist of a selection of four cases, from a pool of forty, that have been considered to represent the majority of the cases filed around the…

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Lawsuits Filed Against Distributors of Exploding E-Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes have been marketed as a healthier alternative to the traditional tobacco products. However, recent news reports and lawsuits allege that the devices can cause explosions that lead to severe injuries. On October 26th, a Florida man was placed into a medically-induced coma after his e-cigarette exploded, causing severe burns to his head and neck. …

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FDA Increases Invokana Warnings

In September, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strengthened a warning that linked diabetes drug Invokana to an increased risk of bone fractures. The warning came as the result of various separate clinical studies showing that the medication reduced bone density in patients, and caused severe fractures. The FDA will continue to monitor Invokana and…

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Jury Awards $28 Million in Stern v. Woodholme Gastroenterology, P.A., et al

On May 12, 2011, Gary Stern was admitted as a patient to Sinai Hospital with severe left upper abdominal pain. The consulting gastroenterologist (GI) did not consider any upper intestinal issues to be the cause of Mr. Stern’s pain, and attributed his illness to a chronic history of Crohn’s disease. In fact, Mr. Stern had an ulcer…

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Class I Recall Issued for Teleflex Endobronchial Tube

On June 1, 2015, Teleflex Medical notified consumers of an Urgent Medical Device Recall relating to its endobronchial tube, as well as corresponding parts and accessories. According to the recall notification, tubes and parts manufactured and distributed between October 2013 and May 2015 may be defective. The recall comes after the company received consumer complaints…

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New Survey Reveals Robotic Surgery is Linked to Hundreds of Deaths

A new survey—compiled of information from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center—reveals that surgical robotic devices have been linked to at least 144 deaths, over 1,400 injuries and 8,061 malfunctions in a period of 14 years. The survey was based on information…

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Power Morcellators Now Being Investigated by the FBI

Laparoscopic power morcellators, which are designed to cut and slice fibroids, have also been found to spread cancer in women. As a result, in November 2014, the Food and Drug Administration mandated that the device carry a black box warning, the highest warning of risk that the agency provides. Johnson & Johnson, the largest manufacturer…

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