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Multidistrict Litigation Established for Bair Hugger Lawsuits

On December 11th, 2015, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an order to transfer fourteen lawsuits—related to the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming device—to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. This multidistrict litigation court (MDL) has been established to preside over all federally filed  cases concerning claims that the Bair Hugger…

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FDA Provides Additional Warnings for SGLT2 Inhibitors

In May, the United States Food and Drug Administration released information advising physicians and patients to be cautious about the risks related to SGLT2 inhibitors. Now, the FDA has updated the warning label for the drugs to include the risk of ketoacidosis and severe urinary tract infection. SGLT2 inhibitors, like the drug Invokana, work to…

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FDA Issues Recall of RotaWire ‘Elite’ Core Wires

Manufacturer, Boston Scientific has issued an urgent recall for various components of the Rotablator Rotational Atherectomy System—a device used to improve the circulation of blood to the heart by opening narrow arteries. Over 700 devices, distributed between July 9 and October 1, 2015, have been effected by the recall, including RotaWire Elite Guidewires and wireClip…

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United States Settles with Takata over Defective Airbags

Instituting a $70 million dollar fine, the United States has settled with Japanese manufacturer Takata, after the company’s airbags were found to be defective. Japanese manufacturer, Takata, has been the subject of United States investigation due to claims that the company’s airbags are defective. Lawsuits allege that when a car comes into minor contact with…

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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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