Pfizer, Wyeth Hit with Effexor Birth Defect Lawsuit by Mo. Couple

A Missouri couple filed an Effexor lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. and their subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, for the injuries their child has suffered. Plaintiffs Janet Lee and Jeffery Lynn Wheeler's son was born with multiple birth defects, which the couple alleges was directly caused... Read More »

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Takeda Faces Actos Bladder Cancer Class Action By Third-Party Group

A number of members of the Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82 Health Care Fund (“Painters Fund”) filed an Actos lawsuit, and formed an Actos multidistrict litigation (MDL ) against Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The Actos patients along with the Painters Fund, which paid for... Read More »

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Victoza Should Not Be Used for Weight Loss, Group Says

Public Citizen, a prominent consumer watchdog group, has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to not expand the diabetes drug Victoza to be used for weight loss purposes, telling the FDA that Victoza is "too toxic to be approved for weight loss... Read More »

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Allopurinol May Cause SJS in Children

An article in the journal Pediatric Rheumatology suggests a possible link between a common arthritis drug and Stevens Johnson Syndrome in children. The article was focused on using Allopurinol and how it could cause kidney problems in patients, particularly younger patients, but one observation... Read More »

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Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $3.5M In Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

A South Dakota woman was recently awarded $3.35 million in the first of 2,100 vaginal mesh lawsuits. They jury will now weigh punitive damages that may total as much as $16.75 million. The Atlantic City jury found that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit failed to warn... Read More »

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Stomach Stapler Misfire Allegedly Causes Boston Patient’s Death

A 37-year-old woman allegedly died after receiving a gastric bypass surgery with a defective stomach stapler. Boston resident Ann Marie Simonelli had willingly undergone gastric bypass surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where a stomach stapler allegedly misfired, a contributing factor to... Read More »

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Male Risperdal Users Report Psychological Trauma from Gynecomastia

The psychological trauma of developing breasts, a rare condition known as gynecomastia, is another potential side effect for males who take the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Last year, the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported that researchers concluded that even mild male... Read More »

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Three Xarelto Wrongful Death Lawsuits Filed in Recent Months

Over the past two months, three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturers Bayer Pharmaceutical and Janssen Pharmaceutical, alleging their blood pressure medication Xarelto has deadly, unlisted side effects such as uncontrollable bleeding. Xarelto is a direct thrombin inhibitor... Read More »

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Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Linked to Risk of Liver Damage

Fluoroquinolones (also known as quinolones) are among the most widely prescribed antibiotics in the United States. The best known quinolones are Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin), but quinolone antibiotics are sold under numerous other generic and brand names including Cipro. Despite their popularity, fluoroquinolones... Read More »

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Viagra Melanoma Study Finds Increased Risk of Cancer

Researchers published an article in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association exploring the possibility of a link between Viagra use and an increased rate of melanoma. The JAMA article suggests that the blockbuster drug could increase men's chance of developing... Read More »

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Hypertension Drug Benicar Linked To Sprue-Like Enteropathy

Benicar, a high blood pressure drug, has been linked to more than 60 probable cases of severe sprue-like enteropathy with gastrointestinal symptoms that include severe, chronic diarrhea and substantial weight loss. Benicar has been prescribed to help lower high blood pressure in... Read More »

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