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Attorneys say PPI heartburn drugs may be overused, warn of kidney risk


Nexium, one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States, is a proton pump inhibitor or PPI. Attorneys Mike Papantonio and Neil Overholtz, on a recent program broadcast on Ring of Fire Network, discuss the potential dangers of these drugs (which also include well-known Prilosec and Prevacid). Used to treat heartburn and acid reflux symptoms, they are available both by prescription and over the counter. But according to both men, recent literature published on the subject is saying that only 25 percent of PPI users actually need the medicine. Overutilization of PPIs is troubling not only because the drugs ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson slapped with back-to-back multimillion dollar verdicts linked to Risperdal, talc products


Six months after two trials resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts against Johnson & Johnson – including $112 million in punitive damages – for claims linking ovarian cancer to the genital use of its talcum powder products, the consumer health care giant was slapped with another multimillion verdict, this time by a Philadelphia jury that found the company’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused a young boy to grow female breasts. In all three cases, plaintiffs accused Johnson & Johnson of knowing the risks associated with its products but failed to warn the public, another classic example of Big Pharma putting profits before ... Read More

Women injured by Mirena IUD not swayed by exclusion of expert testimony

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Bayer Healthcare claims that women suing the company over injuries allegedly caused by its Mirena IUD cannot prove that the intrauterine device could puncture the uterine wall – even if properly inserted – since nearly all of their expert witnesses have been excluded. But the women argue they don’t need expert testimony to prove their case because Bayer has already admitted Mirena poses dangers to women. Bayer faces about 1,200 consolidated lawsuits alleging the pharmaceutical company failed to warn of Mirena side effects. The T-shpaed device is inserted into the cervix where it is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to ... Read More

Plaintiffs’ attorney calls Xarelto safety study a ‘total mess’


One of the studies establishing the safety and efficacy of the blood thinner Xarelto was a “total mess” and was more like a school science fair project that a clinical trial, argued an attorney representing people suing the developers of Xarelto. Xarelto was approved in 2011 to prevent strokes in patients with the heart rhythm abnormality atrial fibrillation, treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and to prevent blood clots in patients who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. The medication was promoted as a more convenient alternative to the long-used warfarin, which requires patients to be monitored ... Read More

Jury awards $70 million to boy who grew breasts after taking Risperdal


A Philadelphia jury has slapped Johnson & Johnson with a $70 million verdict after finding that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an adolescent boy to develop female breasts, leading some to speculate whether the pharmaceutical giant may be ready to settle the more than 1,700 Risperdal side effects lawsuits pending in Philadelphia. The staggering verdict in the fifth Risperdal case to go to trial is the fourth win for plaintiffs but it vastly overshadows the other jury awards, which total $4.75 million. The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals withheld side effects data with Risperdal, ... Read More

The Huffington Post reports J&J ‘purposely concealed critical information about talcum’s safety’

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In a recent article called “The Talcum Powder Lawsuit – The Truth, The Lies, and The Cancer Victims,” the Huffington Post tackles the important questions about the significance of the recent jury verdicts against Johnson and Johnson, what they actually mean, and why the science community is continuing to send mixed messages to the public, saying that there is not a consensus about talc. “One of the most important reasons why J&J was found eventually guilty of its accusations, was the fact that the pharmaceutical company purposely concealed critical information about talcum’s safety for more than 40 years,” the article said. ... Read More

Ocwen Financial Settles Whistleblower Lawsuits Alleging Mortgage Fraud


Ocwen Financial Corp. has agreed to pay $30 million to tentatively settle a pair of False Claims Act lawsuits filed by whistleblowers who accused the mortgage lender of failing to comply with disclosure rules in connection with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The agreement in principle, which must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), came days before the case was to go to trial June 27. The agreement requires the West Palm Beach, Fla., company to pay the federal government $15 million. The other half will cover attorneys’ fees and other costs accrued by the whistleblowers. ... Read More

Judge Moves Forward with Hip implant Bellwether Cases despite $500 Million Verdict Appeal

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Johnson & Johnson requested a stay on upcoming bellwether cases regarding defective Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, but the Texas federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) has chosen seven cases to prepare for trial starting Sept. 6. Last March, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics took a hit when the jury in a bellwether trial in hip implant litigation sided with the five plaintiffs, awarding them a jaw-dropping verdict of $497.6 million. The lawsuits were regarding injuries allegedly resulting from the metal-on-metal hip implant devices for failure-to-warn and design defect claims. Beasley Allen Principal Navan Ward, Jr. served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ ... Read More

Woman sues Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

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A Louisiana woman is suing Bayer Healthcare alleging its contraceptive Mirena IUD caused her serious and permanent injuries. Kasinda Carpenter filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Bayer Healthcare and its related companies alleging the injuries she suffered from the Mirena IUD violated the Louisiana Products Liability Act. Carpenter claims she was implanted with the Mirena IUD in July 2014, but the device migrated from her cervix to her ovary. She was admitted to Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital on Aug. 26, 2014, during which the IUD was surgically removed. She claims she ... Read More

Researchers warn common PPI acid blocker drugs may pose kidney risk


Well-known acid blocker drugs Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium, used to treat acid reflux, indigestion, and peptic ulcers, are all proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).  PPIs are one of most prescribed classes of drugs “despite increasingly frequent warnings by researchers about potential risks and complications,” writes popular health guru Chris Kresser. According to the article, published on Kresser’s blog, research suggests that PPIs inhibit proton pumps in more than just the stomach, potentially interfering with the body’s energy production and the transport of various substances throughout the body. Kresser writes that this binding is “essentially irreversible.” Among other risks, PPIs have been found to affect the ... Read More