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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

Talc cases consolidated for multi-county litigation in New Jersey

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Since 2014 more than 100 talcum powder lawsuits have been brought against Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiaries in Atlantic and Bergen counties in New Jersey. In November 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court approved them for multi-county litigation status. Judge Julio L. Mendez and Judge Nelson C. Johnson of the Atlantic County Superior Court have been assigned jurisdiction over the centralized management of the these cases. According to Law360, Johnson and Johnson requested the consolidation of the cases. “While each plaintiff will have an individualized medical history, alleged exposure history and unique facts, each of the complaints contains consistent allegations ... Read More

Two men fight statute of limitations ruling in Risperdal gynecomastia cases

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Two men who claim they developed breasts after taking the antipsychotic Risperdal as adolescents are asking a Philadelphia appeals court to undo a judge’s ruling to dismiss their lawsuits and more than 250 others against the manufacturer of the drug because they waited too long to file their lawsuits. Joshua Winter and Jonathan Saksek told the Philadelphia Superior Court that the judge was in error when he surmised that the plaintiffs should have known the link between Risperdal and breast growth by 2009. The men said that a jury should decide when media reports and other sources would have provided enough ... Read More

Pharmacists plead guilty for compounded drugs linked to patient deaths

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Two Alabama pharmacists who compounded drugs contaminated with bacteria that were linked to nine deaths have agreed to plead guilty to charges of drug adulteration, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. David Lee Allen and William Timothy Rogers, both pharmacists with the now shuttered Meds IV, could spend up to two years in prison, though prosecutors have agreed to recommend lighter sentences. Rogers also served as the president of Meds IV. The pharmacy made an intravenous amino acid dietary solution called total parenteral nutrition, or TPN, which was shipped to hospitals and administered to patients. Some patients developed bloodstream ... Read More

New system helps doctors gauge blood clot, bleeding risk with new blood thinners

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A new analysis system developed from researchers in Japan can help doctors better determine the safest and most effective blood thinning agent for particular patients. Blood thinners are used to prevent or treat blood clots in certain patients, which can lead to pulmonary embolism, heart attacks and strokes. The long-used blood thinner warfarin is more and more being replaced by newer, novel oral anticoagulants, or NOACs, which include the brand names Pradaxa, Xarelto and Eliquis. These newer drugs show similar efficacy, combine easily with other medications, and do not require regular monitoring compared to warfarin. But their effects have been ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson agrees to compensate women injured by transvaginal mesh

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According to Bloomberg Business, Johnson and Johnson has agreed to pay more than $120 million to resolve 2,000 to 3,000 suits in the transvaginal mesh (TVM) litigation against its Ethicon unit, its first big move to settle. Since 2011, when the the litigation in these cases began, some hundred thousand women have alleged they suffered organ damage and have been left in constant pain when surgical mesh implants designed to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) eroded in their bodies. Johnson and Johnson faces another 42,400 suits after these settlements, the largest number of suits in the multidistrict litigations (MDLs) against more ... Read More

How helpful is Treato’s ranking of statins, really?

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Big Pharma is doing its job marketing statins as helpful and necessary, even though newer longer term studies are revealing more and potentially worse side effects. Statins, such as the popular and widely used Lipitor, are prescribed to treat high cholesterol. Statins inhibit the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol. High cholesterol levels have been associated with cardiovascular disease. “We want patients to be more confident in their discussions with their doctor when picking a statin to meet their needs,” says Ido Hadari, CEO of Treato, a consumer health care website, explaining how ... Read More