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Endo agrees to settle 400+ testosterone side effects lawsuits

Endo International has reached a “master settlement agreement” to resolve “all known” cases accusing the company of overstating the benefits of its testosterone replacement therapy and failing to warn men that use of the drug increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Endo faces about 1,300 testosterone lawsuits, about 900 of which are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Illinois against Endo and several other testosterone manufacturers. Other testosterone cases are pending in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and other states. In February, Endo announced a tentative settlement agreement and ... Read More

St. Louis opens investigation into deaths of two construction workers

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has opened an investigation after two construction workers fell six flights down an elevator shaft to their deaths while working on a renovation project in downtown St. Louis. The men were identified as 44-year-old Joey Hale and 58-year-old Ben Ricks, employees of World Wrecking, a subcontractor for Gencorp Services. A third worker was injured and transported to the hospital. The accident occurred inside the Old Shoe Company building, which is undergoing a $25 million renovation to convert the space into a hotel. The workers were cutting pipe inside a basket connected to a safety cable ... Read More

Hundreds of new Xarelto cases filed in PA each month

Hundreds of new Xarelto side effects cases are being filed each month in Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center, where more than 1,700 cases are pending, and plaintiffs attorneys don’t appear to be slowing the trend. As many as 400 to 600 new cases are being filed each month by patients who blame Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer for not adequately warning about serious bleeding risks with their blood thinner Xarelto. Plaintiffs also claim that the drug companies also didn’t inform doctors to monitor patients to reduce their risk for life-threatening bleeds, including gastrointestinal bleeds and brain hemorrhages. Plaintiffs attorneys ... Read More

Fireworks Season Brings Burn Injuries, Amputations, Surgeons Warn

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, doctors across the U.S. see a spike in the number of burns and blast injuries caused by fireworks. This year, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is reaching out to the public with a reminder about the devastating injuries fireworks can cause, most commonly to the hands. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 11,000 firework injuries occurred in 2016. Hands and fingers accounted for one-third of the firework-related injuries, with the head and face being the second most common part of the body injured. “In ... Read More

Man sickened by benzene exposure wins fight for compensation

When Mitch LaPrade was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2005 at the age of 44, he was floored. “My wife and I were always trying to figure out, where do you get that? We didn’t even know what leukemia was,” he told CBC. Then his doctor asked about the solvents LaPrade used to clean the presses working as a pre-press technologist at a printing plant in Ontario. Benzene is a known carcinogen, and has been linked to various forms of leukemia. LaPrade said he was never given protective clothing like gloves or masks while on the job. When ... Read More

Invokana sales fall after amputation warnings

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in March 2017 that it was requiring Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals to add a boxed warning – the strongest warning required by the FDA – to the labels of its type 2 diabetes medication Invokana regarding an increased risk of amputations in users, some doctors and hospital-affiliated medical groups rushed to take patients off the drug. Amputation is already a risk for diabetics. Why worsen the odds? The FDA Safety Communication informed consumers that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients taking Invokana than ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

AbbVie accused of misusing plaintiff profile forms in testosterone MDL

Attorneys representing consumers in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone treatment manufacturers of failing to warn that their products carried cardiovascular risks asked an Illinois federal judge to fine AbbVie Inc., nearly a half million dollars for misusing a records-collecting process to challenge almost 1,000 cases. The plaintiffs’ attorneys told U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly that AbbVie, maker of the top-selling AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, was improperly using the plaintiff profile forms in an attempt to have the cases dismissed. As a result, the plaintiffs’ steering committee has spent tremendous time and effort to respond to the drug company’s issues. ... Read More

Wells Fargo Wasn’t the Only Bank to Open Unauthorized Customer Accounts

Wells Fargo wasn’t an outlier when it opened 3.5 million unauthorized customer accounts. Federal regulators found that dozens of other banks opened nearly 10,000 deposit and loan accounts for customers without their consent. The new banking fraud revelation came in testimony given by U.S. Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Joseph Otting before the Senate Banking Committee June 14. Although the number of newly discovered fraudulent accounts is miniscule in comparison to the 3.5 million bogus accounts Wells Fargo bankers opened for customers, it points to the need for banks to put better safeguards in place. According to USA Today, banking ... Read More

Woman fights to revive putative class action against J&J

A woman asked the Third Circuit to revive her putative class action lawsuit against consumer healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, arguing that she would not have bought the company’s talcum powder if she had known it could put her at risk for developing ovarian cancer. Plaintiff Mona Estrada hasn’t developed cancer, but claims she suffered economic damages because she never received the “benefit of the bargain” when she purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder through the years. Estrada filed the lawsuit in April 2014 against Johnson & Johnson in California federal court, but the case was dismissed in March 2015 because she ... Read More