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.
Physicians on The Doctors talk show are warning women that using talcum powder products in the genital area for personal hygiene can increase a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer. This week, The Doctors introduced Deane, who won the first major lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company knew of the risks associated with its baby powder and Shower to Shower body powder but failed to warn consumers of the risks. Deane said when she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she searched for some understanding about how she could have developed the disease. “I had no family history. ... Read More
Two officials with the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that caused a multistate outbreak of deadly fungal infections in 2012 have been charged with criminal activity including second-degree murder. The 131-count indictment lays out charges against the company’s co-founders and 12 other employees of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which produced about 18,000 contaminated steroid shots and shipped them to medical facilities in 23 states. The shots, used to treat back, neck and joint pain, sickened more than 750 people with fungal infections including fungal meningitis, and killed 64. Co-founder Barr Cadden and senior pharmacist Glenn Chin were charged with the ... Read More
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strongly discouraging pregnant women from getting keepsake heartbeat and ultrasound images and videos of fetuses because it could heat and damage tissue, which could be hazardous to unborn babies’ health. “Although there is a lack of evidence of any harm due to ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors, prudent use of these devices by trained health care providers is important,” says Shahram Vaezy, PhD, an FDA biomedical engineer. “Ultrasound can heat tissues slightly, and in some cases, it can also produce very small bubbles (cavitation) in some tissues.” The long-term effects of tissue heating ... Read More
People who use cholesterol-lowering statin medication are at greater risk of developing cataracts severe enough to require surgery, according to two studies. Researchers say the findings suggest more research is warranted “especially in light of increased statin use for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and the importance of acceptable vision in old age, when cardiovascular disease is common,” researchers wrote. The study is published in the December 2014 issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. One of the cohorts involved 162,501 men and women who during follow-up visits with ophthalmologists from 2000 to 2007 became candidates for surgery to correct ... Read More
The male hormone testosterone may cause cancerous tumor growth in the colon, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine observed normal levels of naturally occurring colon cancer in a group of male rats. When the testosterone was removed from those rats, colon cancer rates decreased dramatically. When the testosterone was reintroduced, the colon cancer rates returned to normal. It was previously thought that female hormones may have offered some protection against tumor susceptibility. “However, by showing that removing testosterone from rats leads to a dramatic decrease in colon cancer susceptibility, it appears that ... Read More
Manufacturers of some type 2 diabetes drugs are working on federal approval to expand their drug’s indication to include weight loss even in patients who do not have the chronic disease. When Novo Nordisk discovered that its type 2 diabetes drug Victoza had a side effect of weight loss, the company set out to test the drug at higher doses in clinical trials to see if it could trigger weight loss in both diabetics and non-diabetics. Data shows that the drug can melt up to 10 percent of body mass and, as a result, Novo Nordisk has filed for marketing ... Read More
Even before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of drug to treat the most common form of Hepatitis C, questions were raised about the seemingly exorbitant price tag. Now the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences, makers of the drug Sovaldi. The class action lawsuit claims that Gilead’s patent protection is not enough to justify the tens of thousands it costs per treatment course. Since the drug was approved late last year, SEPTA has spent $2.4 million on Sovaldi for its employees. A single 12-week regime of Sovaldi costs $84,000. In ... Read More
A young mother is fighting for her life after taking a friend’s prescription antibiotic and suffering an allergic reaction that doctors say is causing her to burn from the inside out. Yassmeen Castanada took the antibiotic on Thanksgiving to help ward off a sickness she felt coming on. But shortly afterward her eyes, nose and throat began to burn. She was rushed to the emergency room where her condition progressed. Within days, blisters covered her body and her skin began to peel off in sheets, causing excruciating pain and exposing her to life-threatening infection. The diagnosis – Stevens Johnson Syndrome ... Read More
The antipsychotic drug ziprasidone, sold under the brand name Geodon and generics, has been linked to a rare but serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported. New warnings have been added to the drug’s label to describe the serious condition known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). DRESS generally starts as a rash that can spread to all parts of the body. Symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and inflammation of organs including the liver, kidneys, lungs, heart or pancreas. DRESS also causes a higher-than-normal ... Read More
The antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) can cause patients to fall, faint or experience orthostatic hypotention, a form of low blood pressure that happens when standing up from a sitting or inclined position, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Some of these episodes have resulted in falls with serious consequences including bone fractures and hospitalizations. The agency is requiring a new warning be placed on the safety labels of Cymbalta. Cymbalta is in a class of antidepressants known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs. It is prescribed for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Fainting and orthostatic hypotension with antidepressant ... Read More