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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.

New Ovarian Cancer Test May Offer Hope for Women

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Scientists claim that a new test developed by the University of Leuven and Imperial College London can help doctors identify ovarian cancer more accurately and cut down on unnecessary surgeries. Ovarian cancer is a devastating yet hard to diagnose disease, ranking fifth in cancer deaths among women. About 1 in 73 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime, and her chance of dying as a result of the cancer is about 1 in 100. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014, about 21,980 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and about 14,270 will ... Read More

UNC researchers investigate Drug Induced Liver Injuries in connection with diabetes drugs

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When life-threatening side effects are linked to pharmaceuticals already on the market, it can lead to black box warnings or even market withdrawal. When this potential for injury is found during clinical trials before the medication has been approved, it can stop development in its tracks resulting in a waste of time and resources. “We’re trying to be smarter in our approach to drug development,” says Kim Brouwer, a researcher with the University of North Carolina. Brouwer and colleagues have partnered with the Drug Induced Liver Injury (DILI)-sim Initiative, a group of life science companies led by the Hamner Institutes ... Read More

Statins linked to weight gain, increased blood sugar, type 2 diabetes

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Statins were once considered the holy grail of medications, lowering cholesterol levels and promising protection against heart attacks, strokes and premature death. But decades later, with millions of user side effect reports filed away, the ugly truth comes out – statins can make you resist exercise, gain weight, increase your blood sugar levels, and raise your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Statins, including the widely prescribed Lipitor, are one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. New guidelines offered by the American Heart Association and other organizations are recommending wider use of the drugs, which means even millions ... Read More

Researchers work to develop diabetes drugs with fewer side effects

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Researchers with the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London and LMU Munich in Germany are developing a type 2 diabetes drug that can be switched off and on with a blue light, potentially improving treatment. Many type 2 diabetes drugs encourage the pancreas to release insulin to control blood sugar levels, but they can also cause side effects to other organs. Other drugs encourage too much insulin release, causing blood sugar levels to drop to dangerously low levels. The prototype drug, called JB253, is designed to stimulate insulin release from pancreatic cells only when it is exposed to blue ... Read More

Defibrillator maker issues Field Safety Alert after incident reports, patient death

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Medical device maker Covidien has issued a Field Safety Alert for a defibrillator, involving connector compatability issues involving some types of electrodes with certain automatic external defibrillators (AED). The issue involves Medi-Trace Cadence and Kenall Multi-function Defibrillation Electrodes when used with Phillips FR3 and FRx Defibrillators. Covidien has received two reports where customers attempted to use a Covidien electrode with a Phillips FR3 AED unit. The mismatch of these devices contributed to a delay in resuscitation and may have contributed to the death of another patient. AEDs are portable electronic devices used to treat life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ... Read More

Researchers working on drug to cure type 2 diabetes

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A modified form of the drug niclosamide , used to eradicate intestinal parasites, could help stop type 2 diabetes at its source, a team of researchers say. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. This can lead to serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney disease, some types of cancer, blindness, amputations due to neuropathy, and Alzheimer’s disease. A major cause of insulin resistance is from the accumulation of excess fat in the cells of the liver and muscle tissue. The study involved finding a safe ... Read More

Knowing symptoms, risk factors of ovarian cancer can improve chances of survival

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Ovarian cancer is known as “The Silent Killer” because often symptoms are not detected until the cancer has spread, making it more difficult to diagnose. Women should be aware of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer. The ovaries are hidden away inside the pelvis among other organs and fatty deposits. Thus, cancer in the ovary can grow quite large and spread before it starts to trigger symptoms. When symptoms do arise they are easily mistaken for other less serious ailments. This can delay diagnosis, which can worsen the odds of survival. Researchers from the University of Minnesota ... Read More

Chinese researchers developing drug they say can cure Ebola

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Scientists around the world are in a race to develop drugs to stop the worst Ebola outbreak in history. A handful of drug companies have developed experimental treatments with varying degrees of success. The latest promising development comes from Chinese researchers who say they have made a drug that effectively cures Ebola. Sihuan Pharmaceuticals Holdings partnered with support from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS) has been developing JK-05 for the past five years. JK-05 is a micro-molecular chemical that selectively contains the RNA polymerase of the Ebola virus to inhibit virus replication. In September, the Chinese Food and Drug ... Read More

Hospira recalls several LifeCare intravenous solutions

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Hospira Inc. is recalling certain lots of several products in its LifeCare line of flexible intravenous solutions because the containers may leak. This is one of at least eight Hospira recalls involving intravenous products in 2014. Leakage of these product containers exposes the solutions to contamination; compromises sterility; causes drug waste or spillage; and could result in inaccurate or inconsistent solution/medication dosing, and/or a delay in therapy, all of which may require medical intervention. Hazardous topical exposure may also occur if a hazardous drug is added to the flexible container. No reports of adverse events associated with this latest recall ... Read More

Jury awards $73 million to plaintiff in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

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A woman injured by transvaginal mesh intended to treat urinary incontinence has received the largest jury award of any plaintiff to date in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Boston Scientific was ordered by a West Virginia jury to pay plaintiff Martha Salazar $73 million for injuries she received from the company’s bladder sling device. Salazar, 42, claims she was a healthy woman with a full-time job when she underwent surgery to repair a condition causing urinary incontinence. But she says the transvaginal mesh that was implanted in her – the Obtryx mesh – was defective, causing severe chronic pain. The $73 million ... Read More