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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.

Lawyers seek resolution for transvaginal mesh cases, request move out of MDL

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Manufacturers of transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are being sued by tens of thousands of women who claim defective mesh caused internal injuries and left many in constant pain. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified transvaginal mesh as a high-risk device earlier this year, acknowledging more than 1,500 reports of problems, these numbers are only likely to increase. According to the FDA, reported complications from the transvaginal placement of the surgical mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse, and urinary and fecal ... Read More

Are women interested in so-called ‘female Viagra’? Is it safe?

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In August 2015, the FDA approved the first medication designed specifically to target sexual dysfunction in women. Addyi (flibanserin) was heralded as the “female Viagra” by the media and featured in Time, Science, CNN, and The Huffington Post, to name a few major news sources that ran articles about “the little pink pill.” Addyi is approved for women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD, a libido-diminishing condition that affects up to 10 percent of women in the U.S. In spite of its catchy nickname, the drug works very differently from Viagra, which is designed to enhance physical performance. Addyi, originally ... Read More

Design flaws uncovered with more DePuy metal hip implants


Design defects with metal-on-metal hip implants made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics are in the spotlight again, this time for “size” issues that are allegedly causing pain and injuries, according to an investigation by The Telegraph. The company says that there was an “error in the measuring techniques” with its metal hip implants manufactured at a DePuy plant in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, and that this design flaw could contribute to adverse events experienced by patients. The company said it removed the equipment causing the problems, though it did not say when it discovered the problem or how it ... Read More

FDA chief nominee Califf faces tough opposition from senators


Dr. Robert Califf’s long-term, significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry prove he would be soft on drug companies pushing new opioid painkillers which, in turn, would worsen the country’s prescription drug abuse epidemic, and for this reason, Califf is unacceptable choice to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. in a written statement. Manchin added he would filibuster the nomination, using that time to read letters from West Virginia families affected by opioid abuse. Califf currently serves as the FDA’s deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco. His 2014 financial disclosures revealed he had been ... Read More

Should our DNA be used for corporate profit? Human Rights Committee reviews future of Canadian genetic testing


According to CBC News thousands of Canadians are still opting out of genetic testing that could give them valuable information to possibly reduce risks for debilitating or life-threatening illnesses in their own lives, or knowledge that could inform their children’s medical futures. With Canada being the only G7 country with no form of protection against genetic discrimination, its citizens have reason to fear that such tests will be reported to insurance companies, raising premiums or hurting their chances of being eligible for coverage. In some cases, they fear employers requesting this information and that it might compromise their careers. A senate ... Read More

Diabetes drug study prompts change in what doctors prescribe


Three quarters of physicians say they are prescribing more of the type 2 diabetes drug Jardiance to their patients after news that the drug significantly reduced the risk of death in diabetic patients, according to an online poll conducted by Medscape Medical News. Jardiance, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lily and Co., is in a class of newer diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors. Other brand-name drugs in this class include Invokana and Invokamet, both made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The poll was prompted by a study published last fall in the New England Journal of ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson fights to keep Cherokee Nation’s Risperdal case in federal court


Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals are asking an Oklahoma federal judge to keep in federal court a lawsuit filed against the companies by the Cherokee Nation over undisclosed side effects with its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The drug companies claim that the rightful plaintiff in the case is not the Cherokee Nation, but a holding company for the tribal businesses, and that the case should remain in federal court on diversity grounds. The Cherokee Nation originally filed the lawsuit in April 2015 in Oklahoma’s Sequoyah County Court seeking restitution for Risperdal the tribe had purchased under the impression ... Read More

Feds find dangerous, unlisted drug ingredients in OTC diet pills

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Lucy’s Weight Loss System of Arlington, Texas, has expanded its recall of diet pills to include all lots of Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach capsules in all colors, 30 count, after an analysis found the products to contain potentially dangerous undeclared drug ingredients. Pink Bikini (white capsules, blue capsules and gold capsules) and Shorts of the Beach (blue capsules and gold capsules) were found to contain sibutramine, phenolphthalein and/or diclofenac, which were not listed on the products’ labels. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was sold under the brand name Meridia and pulled from the U.S. market in ... Read More

Common drugs that doctors refuse to take


Just because a medication is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not mean it is safe. In fact, many drugs have been linked to concerning side effects. That’s why it is important for patients to weigh the risks and benefits of all drugs before taking them, including seemingly innocuous over-the-counter medicines. Men’s Health magazine compiled a list of medications that doctors said they wouldn’t take themselves. If you or someone you love is taking any of these, it might be time to discuss your risk with a doctor. Pseudoephedrine – The decongestant that is used to manufacture ... Read More

Diabetic test strips recalled due to false readings


About 2,500 diabetic test strips used specifically by health care providers are being recalled because they may report falsely low blood glucose levels. Because the tests trips are reporting falsely low blood glucose when the true levels are above 265 mg/dL, there is a risk that the health care provider would not diagnose hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) including diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglysemic syndrome in a timely manner and fail to treat elevated blood glucose levels. The recall involves the SPOTCHEM II Basic PANEL-1 Reagent Test Strips and SPOTCHEM II Glucose Reagent Test Strips, manufactured by Arkray Factory Inc., with ... Read More