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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.

Psoriasis drug Humira linked to lupus erythematosus

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The plaque psoriasis drug Humira has been linked to drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE) in a case study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Humira, known chemically as adalimumab, is an immunosuppressant drug that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat arthritis, plaque psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. The case study, detailed by Iva Lomicová, M.D., from Charles University in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and colleagues, involves a patient with severe psoriasis who was treated with adalimumab, but discontinued the medication two weeks prior to having a hysterectomy. A month later, she ... Read More

Six things to know about dietary supplements

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Dietary supplements often promise to contain all-natural ingredients and to deliver too-good-to-be-true effects when it comes to weight loss, athletic performance, sexual enhancement, disease treatment and prevention, and more. But buyer beware, says Paul Doering, a professor of Pharmacy at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Nutritional supplements may not be all they’re cracked up to be and, in some cases, they may be dangerous. Doering offers six tips to consider before buying these over-the-counter and mail-order remedies. 1. Be suspicious when you see a “kitchen sink” worth of ingredients. Supplement companies will often add chemicals with lengthy names ... Read More

Clinical study supports effectiveness of non-drug treatment for infant acid reflux, Safe alternative to PPIs

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A new clinical study looks at the effectiveness of the Bare Air-Free feeding system as a non-drug treatment for infant acid reflux by tracking the changes in acid reflux (or GER) symptoms in 122 infants over a two-week period. The infants were divided into a control group with typical GI functioning and a GER group that had clinically significant ratings of GER symptoms based on the Infant- GER Questionnaire (I-GERQ). The researchers found that not only did the Bare Air-Free reduce clinical symptoms in the GER group, 75 percent of the babies in that group no longer met the clinical ... Read More

Dietary supplement maker sentenced, fined for selling illegal steroids

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Matthew Greaten, 50, former president and owner of Virginia-based Nature’s Chemistry LLC, was sentenced and fined by a federal judge in Virginia for selling dietary supplements that contained a dangerous and illegal hidden drug ingredient. Greacen and Nature’s Chemistry vice president James W. Mills were accused of manufacturing nearly 45,000 bottles of capsules containing methasterone, known by the name Superdrol, an anabolic steroid that was never marketed through legitimate channels for medicinal purposes. The U.S. Attorney’s office calls Superdrol a dangerous “designer steroid.” Anabolic steroids are used – and often misused and abused – by athletes and bodybuilders to build ... Read More

Scalp cooling devices good news for Taxotere users worried about risk of permanent hair loss?

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In an editorial accompanying two separate studies on scalp cooling devices, both published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Oncology, Dawn L. Hershman, MD, from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City speaks about quality of life for individuals with cancer. The scalp cooling devices are designed to help to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) by reducing blood flow to the scalp and thus the amount of chemotherapy delivered to the hair follicles. She said that “[o]ne of the strongest deterrents for a woman who is deciding whether to undergo chemotherapy is concern about alopecia.” ... Read More

Medical marijuana rife with bacteria, fungi

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Consuming medical marijuana in baked goods may be a safer bet than inhaling aerosolized versions of the weed, especially for cancer patients with compromised immune systems, according to a team of researchers from the University of California at Davis. Medical marijuana is just beginning to find favor as a medical treatment to ease nausea and pain. But a new study published in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection suggests the botanical may be rife with infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose life-threatening risks. The issue was identified after a patient using aerosolized marijuana to treat symptoms from chemotherapy and stem ... Read More

Withdrawal from motion sickness patch linked to severe, lingering effects

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It took nine days for Dave Maeder to go through withdrawal from the medication patch he was prescribed to treat nausea caused by a brain injury. Nine days of tortuous symptoms like severe nausea and vomiting, insomnia and sleepiness, restlessness and paranoia. It was like he was withdrawing from heroin. But the medicine patch Dave was on – scopolamine – is not a controlled substance. It does not give users a euphoric feeling. It’s not sought after as a recreational drug at all. In fact, the safety label only suggests that the medication “may result in withdrawal symptoms” in the ... Read More

Could results of 2017 Risperdal lawsuits prompt global J&J settlement?

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Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals face more than 15,000 lawsuits over alleged disfiguring side effects caused by its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The last case to be tried resulted in a $70 million verdict in favor of a young Tennessee boy. The next scheduled trial, which involved a New York boy who claimed he suffered serious Risperdal side effects, ended with a confidential settlement agreement early this year. Could that be a sign that the pharmaceutical giant is considering settling more cases? J&J says it is taking each case one-by-one to decide whether a settlement is in order. ... Read More

Generic heartburn drug Protonix recalled

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Aurobindo Pharma Limited issued a recall for a generic version of the injectable heartburn treatment Protonix because some vials appeared to be discolored with a possible contaminant. Pantoprazole sodium is the active ingredient in Protonix. It is a class of acid-reducing drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, which work by blocking the production of acid in the stomach. The medication is intended to be used short-term (7 to 10 days) in adult patients to treat esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a history of erosive esophagitis. The recall affects 29,800 vials of pantoprazole sodium for injection, 40mg per vial, single dose. ... Read More

Getting to the root cause of various types of hair loss

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The Kashmir Monitor encourages readers who are experiencing hair loss to make themselves aware of the various causes. “The key to finding a solution to thinning hair or baldness is determining the root of the problem and seeking treatment accordingly,” the article states. The article lists 10 different possible reasons that a person might be suffering from hair loss, and treatments when applicable. Some of the causes were purely physical, such as thyroid disorders and nutrient deficiencies, in which getting your hormones or your diet back in balance will allow your hair to start growing again. The article warns readers ... Read More