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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.

Power morcellator victim dies from uterine cancer a year after procedure


On September 10, Hooman Noorchashm, a physician living in Pennsylvania, drove to a small town in New York to attend the funeral of a women he had never met. Viviana Ruscitto, 43, mother of a toddler, had died from the same disease his wife, physician Amy Reed, was battling. Both had undetected uterine cancer before they underwent a gynecological procedure using a power morcellator device. Shortly afterward, they learned the cancer had been viscously spread throughout their bodies, greatly worsening their odds of survival. For nearly two years, Noorchashm and his wife have been working daily to put a stop ... Read More

Statin side effects can sideline once-active people


Adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as following a good diet and exercise program, can help you lose unwanted pounds and become healthier overall. You may even be able to wean off medications including statins for high cholesterol. But for many, statin side effects can make exercise seem painful. That’s because statins have been linked to muscle aches, which in some cases can become serious. Even in their less-serious form, the pain can sideline even the most seasoned athletes. The benefits of exercise are quickly lost when someone once active becomes sedentary because the medication they are taking to be healthier ... Read More

Tennessee man sues AndroGel makers, blames testosterone for heart attack


A Tennessee man says he was lured by the commercials for AbbVie Inc.’s testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel so that he sought out the hormone from his doctor as a treatment for tiredness and other symptoms. Gary Lorei of Elizabethton, Tenn., claims that shortly after starting testosterone therapy, he suffered a heart attack. He filed a lawsuit against AbbVie alleging the company did not adequately warn users about testosterone side effects, including increased risk for strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and blood clots. He also claims that the company promoted the drug for conditions for which may not be appropriate. Lorei’s lawsuit mirrors ... Read More

FDA warns men not to use non-approved products for erectile dysfunction


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning men not to be fooled by so-called dietary supplement or foods that promise to enhance sexual performance or increase sexual stimulation. These products may contain hidden drug ingredients or other undisclosed products that can be dangerous to your health. The agency says it has found that nearly 300 of these products contain undisclosed drugs including the same active ingredient found in prescription drugs that are FDA-approved to treat erectile dysfunction, or ED, such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. However, these products also often contain combinations of undisclosed ingredients or excessively high doses, ... Read More

Study questions sugar spike risk with diabetes drugs Byetta, Victoza


A class of drugs designed to regulate blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics may actually trigger spikes in blood sugar levels, potentially causing more harm than good, a new study shows. The research, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, involved a class of drugs called GLP-1 agonists, which include the brand name drugs Byetta and Victoza. The medications work by stimulating the release of insulin by the pancreas after eating, and slowing glucose absorption in the bloodstream by reducing the speed at which the stomach empties after eating, making users feel more satisfied after a meal. However, GLP-1 ... Read More

Judicial panel discusses consolidation of power morcellator lawsuits


The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is meeting this week to determine whether it would be beneficial to consolidate lawsuits involving similar allegations against the manufactures of power morcellators, medical devices used to perform some gynecological procedures including hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal. The lawsuits allege that the devices can spread undiagnosed uterine cancer, worsening a woman’s odds of survival. The consolidation of lawsuits under one single judge, known as a multidistrict litigation, or MDL, was requested by plaintiffs who have already filed lawsuits against power morcellator manufacturers. MDLs are generally sought to streamline early trial proceedings when several ... Read More

Bayer sues over loss of revenue with Mirena IUD

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Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has slapped RJ Health Systems International with a lawsuit alleging the a drug-information company conflated prices of its Mirena IUD and Actavis PLC’s Liletta IUD, which put the company at risk of losing millions of dollars in monthly revenue. Bayer clams RJ Health Systems, which a vast majority of health insurers rely on, set reimbursement prices for the Mirena IUD at Liletta IUD system’s lower wholesale cost. This created potential reimbursement gaps and forced Bayer to temporarily discount its Mirena IUD. Bayer’s complaint argued that if it took no mitigating action, “RJ Health’s conduct would cause serious ... Read More

Long doses of Viagra may help men lose weight, but be at greater risk of side effects


A new Viagra side effect discovered in laboratory rats has researchers testing men to see if the drug can help them lose weight. Researchers discovered that mice that were given Viagra over a long period of time were less likely to become obese even when they were fed fattening foods. Further testing on those mice revealed that the drug caused changes in body fat that translates to calories being used for energy rather than stored as fat. We get fat when we consume more calories than we burn. But how can you burn more fat? It turns out that not ... Read More

Testosterone therapy risks should be carefully weighed

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“I recommend that you think twice before beginning testosterone treatment to make sure it’s appropriate,” Dr. Keith Roach, in his syndicated column “To Your Good Health,” told a 62-year-old man who questioned whether his weekly testosterone injections put him at an increased risk of heart attack and strokes. “Testosterone replacement treatments for me should be given only to men with consistently low testosterone levels and who have symptoms,” said Dr. Roach, a respected physician at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. “The most common early symptoms in adult men are low energy levels, poor libido and depressed ... Read More

Several Canadian women sue Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

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Several Canadian women have filed lawsuits against Bayer alleging the company did not adequately warn that its Mirena intrauterine device could cause serious injuries. The lawsuits mirror concerns of hundreds of other plaintiffs in the United States. In 2013, Health Canada, the country’s drug regulator, received 52 reports of uterine perforations involving the Mirena IUD. Perforations have caused tissue or organ damage. There were also reports that the device migrated from its intended position in the cervix to other parts of the abdomen. Surgery is often required to remove the renegade Mirena IUDs. In some cases women have had to ... Read More