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.
Manufacturers of a metal-on-metal hip replacement system that injured tens of thousands of patients considered the defective metal hips to be “state-of-the-art” and “the best scientific solution available,” until adverse events showed the devices were failing miserably. Johnson & Johnson unit Depuy Orthopaedics introduced the ASR Acetabular hip implant in 2004. The device was considered revolutionary because unlike traditional hip implants, which are made of plastic or ceramic parts, the ASR was designed with all metal parts intended to be more durable and last longer than the 20 years typically given for traditional implants. Within five years, however, the Food and Drug Administration ... Read More
Massive increases in prescriptions for testosterone treatments, concerns about inappropriate use of the hormones, and recent warnings about elevated risks for blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and death in patients who used the products, have prompted two researchers in an editorial in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to call for a ban on advertisements for testosterone supplements. “A combination of direct-to-consumer product advertising (DTCPA) and lax consensus guidelines for testosterone prescribing have, over the past decade, led to 10- and 40-fold increases in testosterone prescriptions in the United States and Canada, respectively, with Internet pharmacies playing a major ... Read More
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may hamper a man’s sexual function, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, looked at statin use and sexual function in 1,000 men and women, half of whom were treated with statins and the other half with a placebo. They found that men who were taking statin drugs were about twice as likely to report that their ability to achieve orgasm had become “somewhat worse” or “much worse” compared to men taking a placebo. The reasons are not easy to pinpoint. For one, medical problems that lead to treatment with statin drugs ... Read More
A drug increasingly given to pregnant women to treat gestational diabetes has been linked to a number of birth complications, according to a new study. Gestational diabetes occurs when pregnant women who have never had diabetes before develop high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. An estimated 9.2 percent of pregnant women develop the condition. Similar to type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes starts when the body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes can be dangerous for developing fetuses, causing respiratory problems after birth and putting the baby ... Read More
Nearly a half a million Americans between the ages of 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin therapy if all doctors followed the new cholesterol guidelines aimed at young adults and children, a new study suggests, which would expose them to serious health risks. Four years ago, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued new guidelines on statin use in an effort to reduce health disease in adolescents and young adults, which recommended that people ages 17 to 21 have their cholesterol levels checked. Those whose cholesterol levels were at a certain level would be ... Read More
Dialysis products and services giant Fresenius Medical Care asked a Georgia federal judge to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit claiming the company fraudulently billed Medicare for excess drugs, arguing that a whistleblower’s allegations were aired in several public documents years before his lawsuit was filed. The documents in question involved three unsealed FCA complaints, an inspector general’s report, a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice, and filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which described the company’s practice of using “overfill” from vials of the anemia drug Epogen and hyperparathyroidism drug Zemplar. Fresenius also challenged the whistleblower, saying ... Read More
Several health insurers have taken action to limit the use of power morcellation for hysterectomies and the removal of uterine fibroids following a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that procedures using the device could cause the spread of undetected uterine cancer and worsen a woman’s odds of survival. Power morcellators are devices fitted with a blade that finely chops the entire uterus or uterine growths inside the uterine cavity and then removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. About 50,000 procedures using the devices were performed each year in the United States. Power morcellation was favored by ... Read More
It has been a long-held belief in the medical community that when a man’s testosterone level drops, so does his interest in sex. But a new study suggests that as a man’s sex life tapers, so does the level of testosterone in his blood. “Most people in or out of medicine assume that a lowered serum testosterone may cause reduced sexual activity. But our study questions, if not fully refutes, that assumption and suggests it is the other way around,” Dr. David Handelsman, a researcher at the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, told WebMD. And if this ... Read More
Despite IUD side effects, more teenage girls are using intrauterine devices for pregnancy prevention, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report, 7.1 percent of teens who were using birth control were using IUDs or implants compared to just 0.4 percent of teens in 2005. And, these methods varied widely by state. For example, in 2013, more than a quarter of teenagers who used birth control in Colorado chose IUDs or implants compared to just 0.7 percent in Mississippi. IUDs are implanted in a woman’s cervix and, depending on the brand, ... Read More
Two letters published in the April 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (JAMA) are blaming the deaths of two patients on an active ingredient in a new drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and psoriasis. The ingredient, dimethyl fumarate, is thought to work by decreasing inflammation and preventing nerve damage that may cause symptoms of MS and rashes from psoriasis. Dimethyl fumarate is an ingredient in the drugs Tecfidera and Psorinovo. The JAMA letters have linked the ingredients to the deaths of two European women who developed progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, a type of brain ... Read More