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Beasley Allen has one of the largest and most technologically advanced Mass Torts practices in the country. The Mass Torts division represents numerous people in claims against companies that manufacture and/or market defective pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices. The resources devoted to this division allow the firm to competently and conscientiously handle any group of cases, no matter how large, along with particular catastrophic injury cases.

Our firm was recently involved in one of the greatest victories in Mass Torts history, against drug manufacturer Merck regarding the drug Vioxx. After more than five years of hard-fought and difficult litigation, Merck agreed to pay $4.85 billion, the largest pharmaceutical settlement in U.S. history, to resolve certain Vioxx-related claims involving plaintiffs who suffered a heart attack, including sudden cardiac death, or a stroke.

Discontinuation of antibiotics before dental procedures linked to increase in heart valve infection


Cutting back on the use of antibiotics before dental work may be to blame for an increase in heart valve infection in patients in England, a new study finds. Certain dental procedures can stir up the bacteria in the mouth and cause them to enter the bloodstream, where they can travel to the heart and cause a life threatening infection known as endocarditis. The heart problem kills 10-20 percent of those infected. People with artificial heart valves and other implants are at high risk of becoming infected with endocarditis, and those with naturally leaky heart valves, called mitral valve prolapse, are ... Read More

FDA adds strongest warning to power morcellators for hysterectomies, myomectomies


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has slapped its most serious warning possible on a surgical tool used to perform hysterectomies and remove uterine fibroids because the devices can spread undetected cancer throughout the abdomen and worsen long-term survival. The warning was applied to laparoscopic power morcellators, surgical tools that are used to grind away uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the body and remove the bits through small incisions in the abdomen. Morcellation is often preferred for hysterectomies or myomectomies (removal of uterine fibroids) over open surgery because it is less invasive, offers less recovery time, and is less scarring. ... Read More

Complications with transvaginal mesh can occur years after implantation

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Women who have undergone transvaginal mesh procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can experience complications from the defective devices years after implantation. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition in women in which muscles and ligaments supporting pelvic organs weaken, which can allow organs such as the bladder, uterus, rectum, and small bowel to slip out of place, or prolapse, into the vagina. It can cause discomfort, painful intercourse, and incontinence. Since 2004, polypropylene mesh kits have been used to lift prolapsed organs back into the correct anatomical position. Stress urinary incontinence is the ... Read More

Respironics recalls defective ventilators for adults, children, newborns

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Respironics California is recalling its Espirit V1000 and V200 Ventilators, Model V1000 and V200, installed with 3rd Generation Power Supplies and Generation Power Supply Repair Part Kits because of a defect that may cause the ventilators to shut off, which could cause the patient to receive too much carbon dioxide or not enough oxygen in the blood, and lead to death. The defective ventilators were manufactured and distributed from Dec. 21, 2012 to July 9, 2014. The 3rd Generation Power Supplies are installed in Espirit V000 andV200 Ventilators and are also sold as 3rd Generation Power Supply Repair Kits. A part ... Read More

New Ambien safety label warns of severe injury risk


The safety label for the prescription sleep aid Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) has been updated to include a new warning for severe injuries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. “Zolpidem can cause drowsiness and a decreased level of consciousness, which may lead to falls and consequently to severe injuries,” the new warning states. “Severe injuries such as hip fractures and intracranial hemorrhage have been reported.” A 2012 study linked the commonly prescribed sleeping pill to a greatly increased risk of falls in hospital patients. The Mayo Clinic study of more than 16,000 hospitalized patients found that the fall rate among ... Read More

Patients taking experimental cholesterol-lowering drug reported fewer side effects


An experimental cholesterol-lowering drug from a new class of medications focused on taking a bite out of the billion-dollar statin market has outperformed Zetia, the most widely used alternative to statins on the market, according to a clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting. Alirocumab drove down LDL, or bad, cholesterol levels in study participants by 45 percent, compared to just 14.6 percent in patients who were treated with Zetia. The main drawback is that alirocumab is administered by injection once every two weeks, while Zetia and statins are take by mouth in the form of a pill. ... Read More

Zetia with statin therapy can protect against heart attacks, strokes but diabetes still a risk


Merck & Co’s cholesterol drug Zetia lowered the risk of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients when used with statin therapy, according to a near-decade-long study. It has long been known that statins, such as top selling Lipitor, can lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death. But there have been few indications until now that Zetia, which lowers cholesterol in a different way, offers any benefit. The research is reassuring on some counts. Sales of Zetia and Vytorin, a combination of Zetia and the statin simvastatin, dropped since 2008 when smaller studies raised ... Read More

FDA to review increased risk of death with long-term antiplatelet therapy

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Long-term antiplatelet therapy with another blood thinning therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and the formation of blood clots in stents, but patients were at an increased risk of dying compared to patients on shorter therapy regimes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a Safety Advisory. The announcement is based on data from a clinical trial that compared long-term antiplatelet therapy of 30 months to patients on 12 months of therapy with either Plavix (clopidogrel) or Effient (prasugrel) in patients following implantation of drug-eluting coronary stents. The patients were also given dual antiplatelet ... Read More

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, reversed by following healthy lifestyle


Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or even reversed with simple lifestyle changes, according to Dr. Eberhard Standl, a diabetes expert and spokesman for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Type 2 diabetes has grown in epidemic proportions, with 400 million diabetics and another 400 million pre-diabetics around the world. The chronic disease contributes to serious health concerns including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, amputations due to neuropathy, some forms of cancer, and blindness. The disease contributed to an estimated 5 million deaths in 2014 alone. Once known as adult-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes now affects as many as 80,000 ... Read More

Mother concerned about Risperdal side effects


Joelle Kendle is struggling with whether to fill the prescription her doctor has given her for Risperdal for her 6-year-old son, Matthias. He is already taking the stimulant Adderall for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but it barely controls his outbursts. Joelle is concerned about Risperdal side effects, and rightfully so. The drug has been associated with weight gain and diabetes. More recent studies have linked the drug to gynecomastia, a condition in which boys grow breasts. Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, is an antipsychotic medication that is approved in the United States to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, ... Read More