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Plaintiffs attorneys say transvaginal mesh victims should not have to prove their injuries

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Johnson & Johnson’s request that plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) who allege the company’s transvaginal mesh was defective prove they were injured is ludicrous and nothing more than a delay tactic, plaintiffs attorneys said responding to a Jan. 13 motion by the consumer health care and pharmaceutical giant. Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon Inc., asked that the near-24,000 plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation prove thy were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh, and asked the court to require every plaintiff’s attorney to answer under oath certain questions on how plaintiffs were solicited. The companies claim that “unscrupulous” ... Read More

Community Health Systems patient information compromised in massive data breach

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Community Health Systems, Inc., has admitted data from its affiliated physician practices and clinics was breached in what it terms a “foreign-based cyber-attack” on its computer network. Patient information was compromised. The cyberattack occurred in April and June 2014 but was not publicly disclosed until August 2014. Community Health Systems is the largest operator of acute-care hospitals in the United States. Its affiliates own, operate or lease 206 hospitals in 29 states, with approximately 31,100 licensed beds. In a note published on the CHS website, Andi Bosshart, SVP, Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer for Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation ... Read More

Fund requested to manage awards paid to women injured by transvaginal mesh

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Women from more than 100 lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging injuries caused by Johnson & Johnson unit Mentor Corp.’s defective transvaginal mesh implant asked a Georgia federal judge this week to approve the establishment of a settlement fund trust to resolve their claims. The qualified settlement fund trust would hold, manage and distribute funds in the account under the settlements reached in April for 111 lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation. The trust would also cover additional lawsuits as they resolve. Both the settlements and the total amount in the trust are confidential. The lawsuits allege that Mentor Corp.’s ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson wants victims of transvaginal mesh to prove their injuries

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Johnson & Johnson wants women in a multidistrict litigation alleging defects with the company’s transvaginal mesh device to prove they were injured by the mesh or that they even have the device in the first place. Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson claim that people from fictitious firms are calling women often repeatedly to join the lawsuit against the company in order to reap tens of thousands of dollars in compensation. In some cases, Johnson & Johnson claims, women are being told to lie and say they have been injured by the mesh even if they have never been implanted with ... Read More

Bleeding risks associated with new blood thinners Xarelto, Pradaxa

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Advertisements warning of bleeding risks with new blood thinners including Pradaxa and Xarelto leave many people asking if the drugs are worth the risk. Blood thinners, also called anticoagulants or antiplatelets, are often prescribed to patients with some heart or blood vessel diseases, or for people with poor blood flow to the brain. These drugs reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing the formation of blood clots in the arteries and veins. There are two main types of blood thinners – anticoagulants and antiplatelets. Anticoagulants include the drugs heparin and warfarin, which work on chemical reactions in ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson withheld ovarian cancer risks with its talcum powder products

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Johnson & Johnson has known for decades that tiny particles such as those in talcum powder can travel through the vagina, up the fallopian tubes and become deeply embedded within the tissue of ovaries where it can trigger abnormal cell growth leading to ovarian cancer. Yet the consumer health care giant refused to warn users of its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products and even marketed it for use in the genital area for personal hygiene, Beasley Allen attorney Ted Meadows said at the firm’s annual legal conference in November. “How do we know talcum powder causes ovarian cancer,” ... Read More

Women at greater risk of developing diabetes after Lipitor use

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Pfizer knew even before its blockbuster cholesterol-lowering statin drug Lipitor hit the market that it could cause increases in blood sugar levels in women and put them at risk for type 2 diabetes. However, the drug company refused to warn doctors or patients until 2011, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered them to do so. The government-ordered warning was based on an investigation prompted by the results of the JUNIPER trial, which reported a 27 percent increase in diabetes with patients taking statin medication. In that study, men had a 16 percent increase in diabetes, but women showed ... Read More

Attorneys investigating cases of melanoma among Viagra users

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The number of lawsuits against Pfizer, the maker of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, are mounting after a recent scientific study linked use of the drug with an increased risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The study, published in June by JAMA Internal Medicine, reported that Viagra users were 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma over a 10-year period. Even men who had stopped using Viagra were at increased risk compared to men who had never used the drug. The study, which involved 26,000 men who had used Viagra, was conducted by researchers with Harvard Medical ... Read More

Woman blames power morcellator surgical tool for cancer spread

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A California woman is suing Gyrus ACMI alleging the company’s power morcellator surgical tool used during a hysterectomy caused cancer to spread throughout her abdomen. Lisa Nielsen filed a lawsuit last month in federal court claiming she did not know when she had a hysterectomy that she had uterine cancer. During her surgery, her doctor used a power morcellator, which is used to grind up and remove uterine fibroids or entire uteruses. Nielsen’s lawsuit claims that the process of grinding her uterus caused cancer cells to spread throughout her uterus. More than a year after her hysterectomy, she was diagnosed ... Read More

Ovarian cancer drug fails to meet secondary target in late-stage trial

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Oncologists say Amgen Inc.’s experimental ovarian cancer drug trebananib offers little to no benefit in terms of overall survival, leading analysts to predict it has little change of winning approval from drug regulators. Amgen Inc. reported no statically significant improvements in overall survival rates in a late-stage trial pitting trebananib plus chemotherapy against chemotherapy alone in ovarian cancer patients. Statistically significant improvement in overall survival was the secondary goal of the TRINOVA-1 trial, the first of three late-stage studies to evaluate safety and efficacy of the medication. The drug reached its main target, which was to improve survival in ovarian ... Read More