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Lawsuits allege Xarelto is unreasonably dangerous in design


Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer face a potential $2.5 billion in potential liability over uncontrolled bleeding allegedly caused by their blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto. More than 16,000 cases are pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana, with the bellwether scheduled to start next week. U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon shot down a preemption argument in a defense summary, which allowed state-law design-defect claims by those suing drug companies to move forward. Janssen and Bayer had argued that the defective design claims are preempted by federal law, and that it would be virtually impossible for them to ... Read More

Viking agrees to pay $4.65 million to settle gas range defect claims

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A Mississippi company agreed to pay a $4.65 million civil penalty to settle charges the company failed to report and recall a defective product, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Viking Range LLC of Greenwood, Mississippi, and its parent company, The Middleby Corporation, of Elgin, Illinois, collectively known as Viking, agreed to settle claims its gas ranges contained a defect causing them to spontaneously turn on and not shut off via control knobs. Between 2008 and 2014, Viking received 170 reports of incidents, including from consumers who were burned when trying to disconnect the ranges from a power ... Read More

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against DuPont alleging Carcinogen Exposure


A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against E.I. DuPont De Nemours, a science and engineering company that makes construction materials, polymers, paints, plastics, printing materials, and more, alleging long-term exposure to “a potent bladder carcinogen known as aminobiphenyl” made a former employee sick. The estate of William Clawson filed the lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in Texas on April 5, saying Clawson was a long-term employee of DuPont who was exposed to a chemical that led to his death. The suit alleges Clawson’s job description required him to work around aminobiphenyl, a “known human bladder carcinogen,” according to a hazard document produced by ... Read More

Salvaged Takata Airbags Threaten Lives, Latest Airbag Injury Shows

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Honda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that an 18-year-old female was seriously injured in Las Vegas March 3 when the Takata airbag in her 2002 Accord exploded in a minor rear-end collision. The airbag rupture nearly killed Karina Dorado, a customer service call center worker, by puncturing her trachea. Trauma surgeons removed metal pieces of the Takata airbag and its housing from her neck and vocal cords, which were also damaged. She is still being treated for neck injuries. While automakers, federal regulators, and civic and municipal leaders are pushing car owners affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to have ... Read More

A new kind of anti-reflux surgery for GERD patients offers alternative to PPIs

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There is another option besides long-term PPI use for those who suffer from chronic acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD. This serious disease is estimated to affect more than 80 million Americans. Symptoms include heartburn, nausea, sore throat, belching, pain in upper abdomen, asthma, chronic cough and regurgitation. Left untreated, it can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which tissue that is similar to the lining of your intestine replaces the tissue lining your esophagus, which sometimes develops into esophageal cancer. Many with this disease are treated with proton pump inhibitors (or PPIs) such as Prevacid, ... Read More

CDC urges doctors to look for seizures, epilepsy in babies born to Zika-infected moms

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged doctors to be aware of seizures and epilepsy in infants born to mothers infected with the Zika virus while pregnant, as cases of epilepsy caused by the virus can be misdiagnosed or underreported. Studies have confirmed that pregnant women infected with Zika are at an increased risk of having a fetus or delivering a baby with a brain abnormality such as microcephaly, or other neurological disorders. The CDC is hoping that by making doctors aware of epilepsy and seizure disorders in infants exposed to Zika in utero, reporting will be more ... Read More

Family vows to appeal judge’s decision to ax Risperdal side effects case


The latest lawsuit to go to trial in the Philadelphia Country Court of Common Pleas involving claims that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an adolescent boy to grow disfiguring female breasts was axed mid-trial by the judge overseeing the case because the judge did not support the expert witness’ diagnosis of gynecomastia based solely on photographs. The family of the boy vowed to appeal. The lawsuit is one of more than 5,700 claims in a mass tort program in Philadelphia County alleging Risperdal makers Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals withheld data showing that Risperdal use in adolescent boys ... Read More

Retrievable IVC Filter Migrated, Tilted and Eroded

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Anthony G. from California has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical over its Option Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which migrated, tilted and eroded into his vein. Anthony was inserted with a retrievable IVC filter on Sept. 11, 2011 at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City, Nevada, after a history of blood clots. An IVC filter is a cage-like device inserted the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism (PE). Five years after the procedure, when he began experiencing shortness ... Read More

Diabetes treatment linked to increased risk of pneumonia


Patients using type 2 diabetes drugs known as thiazolidinediones, such as Actos and Avandia, in combination with the first-line treatment metformin, may be at an increased risk for developing community-acquired pneumonia, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. The study pitted the drug combination against sulfonylurea with metformin. Sulfonylurea drugs include the brands Diabinese, Amaryl, and Glucotrol. For the study, researchers identified 1,803 cases of community-acquired pneumonia, or CAP, in a cohort of type 2 diabetes patients. Researchers found that patients taking thiazolidinediones with metformin were more likely to develop CAP. There was no significant ... Read More

Polaris Recalls All 2015 Ranger 900 ROVs For Fire, Burn Hazard

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Recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Polaris is recalling about 51,000 model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger 900-series ROVs, saying the heat shield on the affected vehicles can fall off, posing the risk of fire and burn injuries. The recall involves all model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 ROVs, which were made in a variety of colors and have either three or six seats and a rear box. The name “Ranger” is printed on the rear box, and “900” is printed on the hood of the recalled ROVs. Polaris says that all 2015 Ranger 900 models and ... Read More