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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.

Researchers: Viagra could be tested as heart disease treatment

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The world’s top selling erectile dysfunction drug Viagra could become a new treatment for heart disease, which could increase the number of users as well as expose more people to potentially dangerous side effects. When Viagra was in development 25 years ago, it was not intended to be a treatment for erectile dysfunction. It was being studied as a cardiovascular drug. Unfortunately, several adverse events were reported during clinical trials including the unique side effect of an erection after use. Disappointed with the cardiovascular results Viagra produced, researchers didn’t give up. Instead, they decided to test the drug as a ... Read More

Endo reportedly agrees to pay $400 million more to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits

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Endo International Plc and its subsidiary American Medical Systems (AMS) reportedly agreed to pay more than $400 million to settle more than 10,000 lawsuits from women who claim they were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh device. The $400 million will be added to a $1.2 billion liability reserve already set aside for the bladder slings. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped causing pain, discomfort and urinary incontinence. Nearly 70,000 transvaginal mesh procedures were ... Read More

Baby powder tops list of cancer-causing household products

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The Cancer Prevention Coalition , Ralph Nader and smartklean.com have released a list of the most common cancer-causing products found in American homes, and the No. 1 item may surprise you. The list cites Cover Girl Replenishing Natural Finish Make Up foundation for having a “wide range of unlabeled, untested, and toxic ingredients;” Crest Tarter Control Toothpaste for having carcinogens FD&C BLUE #1, saccharin and fluoride; Alberto VO5 Conditioner (Essence of Neutral Henna) for various carcinogens and “wide range of undisclosed ingredients;” and Clairol Nice ‘n Easy permanent hair color for a variety of “labeled toxic ingredients” plus “evidence of ... Read More

Patients with Type 2 diabetes should follow care routine, be aware of medication risks

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Some people with Type 2 diabetes can manage their disease with diet and exercise, but for the millions who still experience spikes in blood sugar, it may be time to add medication to their diabetes care routine. For some, a single pill is effective. For many, however, a combination of medications is needed. It may take time finding a good balance but it is well worth the effort. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health issues including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, blindness and amputations due to neuropathy. The most commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes medication is metformin, which belongs ... Read More

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

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Cholesterol-lowering statins significantly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and are also associated with a small but a statistically significant increase in weight, according to new research. “This study has pooled all available trial data to give us the most accurate idea of the extent to which statin therapy affects diabetes risk,” lead researcher Dr. David Preiss told Heartwire. “The weight increase we found was small and not clinically relevant, but it is possible that it relates to the increased diabetes risk. Notably, the corresponding genetic results provide evidence that these findings from the major statin trials represent a ... Read More

Study indicates weight loss surgery may be linked to severe headaches

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Obese patients who undergo weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) to lose weight are at an increased risk of developing a type of severe headache, according to new research published in the journal Neurology. Researchers with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles studied 338 people with a history of spontaneous intracranial hypotension, a condition in which the cerebral spinal fluid around the brain leaks. This condition can cause headaches when a person is sitting or standing upright but the headache generally disappears when the person lies down. Other symptoms include vomiting, nausea, stiffness in the neck, and difficulty concentrating. The study also ... Read More

Parkinson’s disease drugs linked to impulse control disorders

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Drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease may cause impulse control disorders in users, such as compulsive gambling, compulsive shopping or hypersexuality, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) records. The drugs in question are known as dopamine agonists, and include the brand names Apokyn, Parlodel, Dostinex, Mirapex, Requip and Neupro. The drugs are also used to treat restless leg syndrome and are considered a highly effective class of medications. For the study, researchers analyzed FDA data on 2.7 adverse drug events reported between 2003 and 2012. Among the reports analyzed, 1,580 were identified as involving what researchers categorized as “serious” ... Read More

Tampons may help doctors detect ovarian cancer

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Tampons could one day be used as a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer, according to researchers fro the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Researchers studied tampons that had been placed in the vaginas of ovarian cancer patients and found tumor DNA in cells trapped within the tampon fibers. “In about 60 percent of the patients who had their (fallopian) tubes still intact, we were able to pick up tumor cells, or essentially tumor DNA, in the vaginal tract,” said Dr. Charles Landen, associate professor of gynecologic oncology. Having fallopian tubes still intact would be key for the study since the ... Read More

Off-label prescribing of antipsychotic drug raises concerns about side effects

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Off-label prescribing of an antipsychotic drug in Canada is raising concerns about serious and life-threatening side effects. Seroquel is only approved in Canada to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In the United States, however, it is also used as an add-on treatment to an antidepressant for patients with major depressive disorder. According to IMS Health Canada, a company that tracks the health care industry, the number of prescriptions for Seroquel in Canada has risen from 4.1 million in 2008 to 7.4 million in 2013. However, the prescriptions for the drug are vastly disproportionate to the number of Canadians suffering from ... Read More

UK regulators to review cancer risks with power morcellator used to remove uterine growths

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U.S. drug and medical device regulators warn that a controversial surgical instrument used to grind away uterine growths can spread cancer and worsen the odds of long-term survival and should only be used if women are first made aware of the risks before undergoing procedures in which the instrument will be used. The tool is known as a power morcellator and is made by various medical device manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson. The device is typically used with a tube-shaped blade that grinds up and removes uterine fibroids or, in some cases, the entire uterus. Since they were introduced in ... Read More