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AL AG joins coalition investigating opioid makers, distributors

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is among a bipartisan coalition of 41 state attorneys general seeking documents and information from makers and distributors of prescription opioid painkillers as part of multistate investigations aimed at curbing the nation’s growing opioid epidemic. “Opioid abuse has reached a crisis level in Alabama and in many portions of the country, and earlier this year I joined with fellow attorneys general in investigating what role opioid manufacturers may have had in creating or prolonging the opioid abuse epidemic, and to establish the appropriate course of action to help solve this crisis,” Marshall said. “Our investigation continues ... Read More

Man blames AndroGel for his heart attack


Attorneys for a man suing AbbVie Inc., maker of AndroGel, told an Illinois federal jury that the drug company never tested its testosterone replacement therapy to rule out if it could cause heart problems, Law360 reported. Otherwise plaintiff Jeffrey Konrad would never have taken the drug, they said. Konrad’s case is the second bellwether trial in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) taking aim at testosterone manufacturers. AbbVie, as the maker of the top selling AndroGel, is the first drug maker to sit in the hot seat. The first trial against AbbVie ended in a $150 million in punitive damages for the ... Read More

New evidence could lead to Xarelto re-trial


Attorneys for a woman who suffered a major bleeding event after taking the blood thinner Xarelto are seeking a new trial after discovering new evidence that questions the accuracy of statements made by the drug’s makers. Jurors found in favor of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer. During the trial, jurors were told by the drug companies that there was no effective test to determine whether patients were at an increased risk for internal bleeds while taking Xarelto, and dismissed plaintiff Dora Mingo’s expert witness’ testimony that a lab test called prothrombin time – or PT – would not ... Read More

Illinois Woman says shattered IVC Filter caused injuries

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An Illinois woman filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter, saying she was severely injured by the device shattering inside her body. Pattie H. from Cook County, Illinois was implanted on June 22, 2010, with an OptEase retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by Cordis Corporation, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. In December 2015, Pattie underwent a CT scan that revealed that multiple legs of the filter had pierced through the wall of her inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body in which the filter is implanted. In February 2016, Pattie underwent another ... Read More

New Orleans Woman Convicted for Fraudulent Medicare Kickbacks

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A New Orleans woman has been convicted of multiple criminal charges for her involvement in a Medicare fraud scheme to obtain illegal kickbacks for referring mentally ill Medicare beneficiaries to home health agencies in and around New Orleans. After a two-day trial, a Louisiana federal jury found Kim Ricard guilty of conspiracy, identity theft, and making false statements to law enforcement in connection with her part in the illegal kickback scheme, which reaped about $2.1 million from the government health care program, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Federal prosecutors alleged at trial that in addition to engaging in the ... Read More

Xarelto cases in state court start soon


Drug maker Bayer asked the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to dismiss punitive damages from two of the first bellwether trials scheduled pending in state court involving Xarelto side effects. Meanwhile, attorneys representing people suing Xarelto’s makers filed two motions seeking to bar defense experts from testifying that attorney advertising affects the incidence of bleeding events, or that bleeding events can be beneficial if they lead to early diagnosis of other conditions. Bayer asked the court to apply either New Jersey law or German law to the cases, which would free the drug company from paying punitive damages. The motion ... Read More

Lawsuit: Opioid reps misled insurers, paid kickbacks to doctors

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The family of 32-year-old Sarah Fuller filed a lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics last spring claiming the company paid kickbacks to physicians to prescribe its potent opioid Subsys, a spray version of fentanyl, which allegedly led the woman’s fatal overdose. A new report indicates Fuller was a tragic victim of unscrupulous practices by the drug company. Insys allegedly conned insurance companies into thinking the drug was for breakthrough pain in cancer patients – its only indication – so that the insurance companies would pay for the meds. The company not only misled insurance companies, the company’s representatives also falsified medical records and paid ... Read More

Benzene Exposure: Known Cause of Myeloid Leukemia

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Leukemia is a devastating, life-threatening cancer that affects both children and adults. There are many types of leukemia such as Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). As medical research and technology advance, new breakthrough treatments are developed. New risk factors and causes are discovered. According to NewsBlaze, the risk factors and known causes for CML are a mystery, except one – benzene exposure. CML is a stealthy disease, gradually sneaking up on the patient with mild, almost unnoticeable symptoms at first. Fatigue, a common symptom, is usually blamed on lack ... Read More

Leadership for PPI MDL appointed

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On Aug. 2, 2017, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) granted plaintiffs’ second motion to consolidate cases against manufacturers of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) into a multidistrict litigation (MDL), forming MDL No. 2789 – IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation (No. II). The 172 claims alleging these acid-reducing drugs caused kidney damage have been centralized in the U.S. District for New Jersey where a majority of the claims were already pending. Judge Claire C. Cecchi will preside. The JPML has appointed five attorneys to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee (PEC). Beasley Allen principal Navan Ward, Jr., who in January ... Read More

Responsible companies warn consumers of talc ovarian risk

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With the largest verdict yet in a talc ovarian cancer case, $417 million having just been awarded to California plaintiff Eva Echeverria, some hearing the news for the first time may be asking if Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe. The answer is, it depends on how you use it. The health issue being discussed in the recent court cases is talc allegedly increasing women’s risk of ovarian cancer. This only becomes an issue when the powder is used for feminine hygiene; however Johnson and Johnson refuses to warn women of the risk in using its powder this way. By six ... Read More