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Medtronic settles defective defibrillator lawsuits for $114 Million

Medtronic Inc., the maker of the defective Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead, announced last week that it had reached a settlement agreement regarding another of its faulty medical devices. The company has agreed to pay out $114 million to settle product liability lawsuits filed as the result of injuries cased by its malfunctioning Marquis line of implanted cardiac defibrillators. Despite the huge settlement agreement, Medtronic said it does not admit liability in the litigation. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, provide shocks to stop hearts from potentially dangerous rapid beating. They treat patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, which is the ... Read More

Medtronic investigations initiated by federal government

Medtronic, Inc. has acknowledged that they are the subject of multiple federal investigations regarding their marketing practices and the recent Sprint Fidelis defibrillator lead recall. The Senate Finance Committee and the Justice Department have both asked the company for information as part of investigations of wrongdoing. They also face thousands of potential lawsuits from individuals who received one of the defective wires, which are used to connect implantable defibrillators to the heart. It was reported yesterday in the Wall Street Journal that the global medical device manufacturer acknowledged the federal investigations as part of a filing with the SEC (Securities ... Read More

Medtronic faces investigations over defective Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator lead

Medtronic, Inc., the maker of the defective Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead, is the now the subject of two separate investigations. A Senate panel wants information about Medtronic’s October Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead recall, while a second investigation by the US Justice Department is looking into allegations that Medtronic made illegal payments to foreign physicians. Medtronic suspended sales of the Sprint Fidelis Leads after receiving reports of 5 fatalities linked to lead fractures. A lead is a wire that connects an implantable defibrillator to the heart. It is through the lead that a defibrillator is able to sense when a patient’s ... Read More

Some kidney patients suffer MRI poisoning

A growing number of people are becoming afflicted with an incurable, man-made disease that is related to a common medical procedure performed every single day in this country, a KCRA 3 investigation has found. Sarah Fracella is one the victims. The 38-year-old Santa Barbara resident said what happened to her is “devastating.” The issue involves magnetic resonance imaging scans that include the use of a contrast dye containing gadolinium. For people with healthy, functioning kidneys, the risk of using the element gadolinium to pinpoint potential health problems in MRI scans is zero. “Gadolinium is extremely safe,” said neuroradiologist David Seidenwurm ... Read More

NorCal man blames MRI dyes for illness

An elderly man has sued several major health companies, claiming the dyes used to scan his failing kidneys caused a rare, painful and incurable disease. Peter Gerber, 72, of San Rafael, contends that injections of dyes containing the heavy metal gadolinium caused him to develop nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, or NSF. Also known as nephrogenic fibrosing demopathy, the disease can thicken the skin, stiffen joints, restrict movement and potentially lead to death if it affects internal organs. Only about 215 cases have been reported worldwide, all involving people with kidney disease. No cures have been reported but some patients have seen ... Read More

J&J pays $1.25m to settle lawuit over death of 14-year-old

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of a 14-year-old girl who used the company’s Ortho Evra birth-control patch, according to court records. The confidential agreement involved Alycia Brown, a resident of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, who suffered two blood clots in her lungs on May 7, 2004, after using the patch for several weeks. J&J, the world’s largest maker of health-care products, faces lawsuits by 2,400 of the 5 million women who used the patch. Most claim they suffered strokes or clots in their legs or lungs. The company settled dozens of cases ... Read More

Wyeth must pay $134.1 million in menopause drug lawsuit

Wyeth must pay $134.1 million, including $99 million in punitive damages, over its mishandling of menopause drugs that helped cause three Nevada women’s cancers, a jury ruled. The panel ruled Oct. 12 that the company owed the women $35.1 million in compensatory damages. Jurors in state court in Reno concluded today that Wyeth, the largest maker of hormone- replacement medicines, should also pay Arlene Rowatt, Jeraldine Scofield and Pamela Forrester punitive damages for concealing the breast-cancer risks of its Prempro and Premarin drugs. “We got the word out that a lot of women have been injured by this type of ... Read More

First Paxil birth defect lawsuit filed

The parents of 2-year-old Eric Jackson have filed the first lawsuit claiming that use of the antidepressant Paxil during pregnancy caused birth defects in their won. Christopher Jackson and Lisa Boden of Denver claimed the medication – manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline – caused their son to be born with severe PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension), a condition that affects blood flow to the lungs and can cause death. After his birth in Denver, Eric was placed on a ventilator for a month, and had two cardiac catherizations and several other procedures. He remains on oxygen and medications to help him breathe. The ... Read More

Paxil Maker Sued Over Child Born with Severe Birth Defects

The parents of a two-year old boy have filed a lawsuit against the maker of Paxil, alleging that the mother’s use of the antidepressant during pregnancy cause her son to be born with severe heart defects. Anthony and Matilda Vasquez of Bedford, Texas, sued Philadelphia- based Glaxo-SmithKline on behalf of their son, Adrian. The lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania state court, is seeking unspecified damages for failing to warn pregnant women about the risks of taking Paxil. During the last month of her pregnancy, Vasquez learned, while receiving an ultrasound to determine the sex of her baby, that there was something ... Read More