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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.

Opioid Rx from dentist may increase abuse risk in youth

Young people who are given opioids to treat pain following a dental procedure have a higher risk of risk of refilling the prescription within a year, and those who do are at greater risk of becoming addicted to the drugs, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study, conducted by researchers with Stanford University, involved a sampling of youth who had not taken opioids prior to visiting the dentist. About 6.9 percent who had received a prescription for opioids filled at least one additional prescription between three months and one year after they were first prescribed the ... Read More

China, US reach agreement over fentanyl

In an effort to curb the deadly opioid epidemic that killed more than 49,000 in the United States last year, President Donald Trump struck a deal with China’s President Xi over regulation of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl during a scheduled dinner between the two leaders at the G-20 summit. “Very importantly, President Xi, in a wonderful humanitarian gesture, has agreed to designate fentanyl as a controlled substance, meaning that people selling fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. The statement issued ... Read More

Increases in overdoses, suicide drive down life expectancy again

New statistics showing a downtick in U.S. life expectancy for the second time in three years is a “wake up call,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, with many causes of death being preventable, namely drug overdoses and suicide. “Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, adding the latest numbers are “sobering.” The drop in overall life expectancy averaged 78.6 years in 2017, a 0.1 decrease from the year before. Redfield said the reason was due to the rise in overdoses and suicides. Opioids are especially deadly. More than ... Read More

MS drug linked to serious strokes, tears in arteries

Reports of rare but serious strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck have occurred in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) shortly after starting treatment with the drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab), which can lead to permanent disability and even death, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Communication. The drug ingredient alemtuzumab was initially approved in 2001 under the brand name Campath to treat a type of cancer called B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or B-CLL. In 2014, the drug was approved under the brand name Lemtrada to treat relapsing forms of MS. ... Read More

FDA warns companies for marketing ‘unlawful’ supplements for opioid withdrawal

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned two companies for illegally selling dietary supplements that contain the unapproved antidepressant tianeptine, and for making “unproven and unlawful” claims that the products can treat opioid withdrawal symptoms, pain and anxiety. Jack B Goods Outlet Store was warned about its Tianaa Red, Tianaa White and Tianaa Green supplements. MA Labs was warned for its Vicaine supplement. The supplements pose risks to consumers for a variety of reasons. Tianeptine is not approved in the United States or the United Kingdom, as well as other countries, because it can induce euphoria and carries a risk ... Read More

J&J expected to fight $4.69 billion talc verdict

Johnson & Johnson is expected to ask the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis City to undo or, at the very least, reduce a $4.69 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who accused the company’s talcum powder of being contaminated with asbestos and causing their ovarian cancer. But the women say the verdict should stand because the “vast majority of evidence” shows the company was aware its talc-containing products were dangerous but continued to sell the product without warning consumers. The Aug. 22 verdict includes $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson’s ... Read More

Infants ibuprofen recalled due to higher concentration of medicine

Bottles of over-the-counter infant ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart and Family Dollar have been recalled because they contain concentrations of medicine that are too high and could be dangerous to young children, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a news release. The recall involves three lots of Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension manufactured by Tris Pharma Inc. “There is a remote possibility that infants, who may be susceptible to a higher potency level of drug, and therefore may be more vulnerable to permanent NSAID-associated renal injury,” the agency said. Adverse events related to ingesting a higher dose of ... Read More

Colbert blames Purdue Pharma and its owners for worsening opioid epidemic

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert took a swipe at the family behind Big Pharma giant Purdue Pharma, blaming the company and its owners for what he described as its ruthless plan to increase profits by increasing the number of opioid addicts around the world. Colbert calls the opioid epidemic a problem that affects both political parties. “It does not discriminate,” he said. “And a lot of people blame big pharma. But only because it’s their fault.” National Safety Council reported that 80 percent of new heroin users started on the illicit drug after misusing prescription pain killers. It was ... Read More

Proposed class of babies born addicted to opioids targets drug companies

More than 20 drug companies were hit with a proposed class action brought by dozens of children who were born addicted to opioid painkillers, a condition known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. The latest attack in the fight to curb the opioid epidemic blames the pharmaceutical companies for ignoring regulations in order to increase their profits, which allowed the drugs into the black market, further fueling the nation’s opioid crisis. According to the 95-page complaint, the number of babies born addicted to opioids in the United States has jumped from 1.2 per 1,000 babies in 2000 to 5.8 per ... Read More

First Lady calls opioid epidemic ‘worst drug crisis’ in U.S. history

First Lady Melania Trump has adopted opioid addiction as a signature FLOTUS cause and says she wants to lift the “stigma of shame” from addiction. She aims to generate more public discussion about the crisis so more people who are addicted to the powerful painkillers can get help. Trump spoke at a town hall-type gathering on addiction at Liberty University in southwestern Virginia along with ex-Fox News’ Eric Bolling, Demi Lovato’s mother Dianna Hart, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, where she called the opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history.” During her nine-minute speech, Trump urged students ... Read More