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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 allege C.R. Bard’s IVC filters are ‘ticking time bombs’

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Claims by patients across 16 different states have been consolidated into a class action lawsuit against C.R. Bard for the injuries and deaths allegedly caused by inferior vena cava (IVC) filters made by the medical device manufacturing giant. The lawsuit covers many Bard IVC filter products, including the Recovery Filter System, G2, G2 Express, Eclipse, G2X System, Meridian, and Denali. The patient injuries reportedly linked to the device include hemorrhaging, severe and persistent pain, and perforations of the tissue, vessels and organs. The filters are each based off the model made before – the Meridian’s design came from the Eclipse, which ... Read More

Clinical trials conducted on melatonin as pediatric sleep aid

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Parents often battle with getting their kids to go to sleep at night. With no approved pediatric sleep aids on the market, parents and their children have had little choice but to deal with this problem. But a phase 3 study testing the safety and efficacy of a pediatric prolonged-release melatonin, called PedPRM, offers hope for a good night’s sleep for both insomniac kids and their tired parents. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 125 children with ASD – or neurogentic diseases and sleep disorders. Each patient received two weeks of a placebo followed by either PedPRM or placebo, for ... Read More

Man sues J&J over life threatening side effects allegedly caused by Xarelto

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Albert Fields is suing pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson alleging the company’s blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto caused him to suffer life-threatening side effects that he was not adequately warned he could suffer. Fields filed his lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare, and their related companies in St. Clair (Illinois) County Circuit Court. According to the claim, the drug companies created the anticoagulant Xarelto and praised it so highly that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took issue, calling the ads false and misleading. Xarelto was approved by the FDA in 2011 as the second ... Read More

Heart rhythm disturbance reported with OTC allergy meds, sleep aids

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Reports of a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm condition called QT prolongation in people who took diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in several allergy medications and sleep aids including the over-the-counter medicines Benadryl and Sominex, are being evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine if further action is necessary. The side effect was listed on the latest quarterly report of the Potential Signals of Serious Risks/New Safety Information Identified by the FDA Adverse Event Reporting SYSTEM (FAERS) for April-June 2016. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine. It can be applied topically to treat pain and itching caused by insect bites; minor cuts, ... Read More

Study: More than one-third of metal-on-metal hips were manufactured outside company specifications

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Research by orthopaedic surgeons and engineers have discovered that more than one-third of the metal-on-metal hip devices used in British patients weren’t even the correct size, having been manufactured outside of the device company’s own specifications. The Pinnacle hip system made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was the most commonly used metal-on-metal hip implant in the world, with more than 180,000 people receiving them. Despite the thousands of people coming forward with complaints of pain, DePuy claims there are no safety issues at all. The metal-on-metal design has been known to shed metal particles into the body with ... Read More

Blood clot risk with testosterone treatment highest during first six months of use

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For men using testosterone replacement therapy, the risk of developing a potentially life threatening blood clot in the veins peaks within six months after starting treatment, according to a study published recently in the British Medical Journal. The case-controlled study involved more than 2.2 million men in the United Kingdom. Researchers found that men using testosterone supplements had a 63 percent increased risk of blood clots in the veins, or venous thromboembolism (VTE), in the first six months. The risk began to drop after six months of use and after treatment cessation. Researchers said further research was needed to confirm ... Read More

New dosing recommendations for sleep aid Ambien in patients with liver impairment

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The safety labels of the sleep aids Ambien and Ambien CR have been updated to warn patients with mild to moderate liver impairment that their bodies do not clear the drug as fast as patients without liver problems. As a result, the recommended dosage for these patients has been lowered to 5mg of Ambien and 6.25mg of Ambien CR, once daily before bedtime. Both Ambien and Ambien CR should not be used in patients with severe hepatic impairment as it may contribute to encephalopathy, a serious brain disease. The updates were made to the Warning and Precautions sections and the ... Read More

Antidepressants linked to brain hemorrhages

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People who take SSRIs and other antidepressants with strong inhibition of serotonin reuptake are at an increased risk of developing a brain bleed, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology. SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are among the most prescribed medications in the United States, and include brand names such as Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, Celexa and Prozac. The medications are most often used for depression; however, SSRIs are often used off-label for other treatments, such as to promote motor recovery after stroke. “Therefore, understanding the potential neurologic risks and possible interactions with other commonly used stroke prevention ... Read More

Beasley Allen attorney selected to serve as co-lead counsel in talc MDL

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In October federal lawsuits that had been filed across the country alleging injuries related to talc were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey federal court under Judge Freda L. Wolfson. New Jersey was chosen because it is the headquarters of the primary defendant, Johnson and Johnson, and Judge Wolfson was chosen because she is already handling the most advanced case in the MDL, said Law360. In only a few months, the MDL has grown from the 11 lawsuits reported by the New Jersey Law Journal the first week of October to more than 70 plaintiffs in the ... Read More

“How does Viagra work and what’s it doing to the rest of my body?”

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Gay News Network’s Checkup Articles features Ask Dr. Brad McKay where this month one reader asks “Viagra helps my [erection] but I end up getting a splitting headache. How does Viagra work and what’s it doing to the rest of my body?” Dr. McKay explains that Viagra, or sildenafil, originally designed to be a treatment for high blood pressure, works by relaxing arteries. It not only allows greater blood flow to the penis, which is what enables it to help treat erectile dysfunction, but it can also open up arteries in other parts of the body. Gay News Network reports that ... Read More