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Testosterone therapy risks should be carefully weighed

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“I recommend that you think twice before beginning testosterone treatment to make sure it’s appropriate,” Dr. Keith Roach, in his syndicated column “To Your Good Health,” told a 62-year-old man who questioned whether his weekly testosterone injections put him at an increased risk of heart attack and strokes. “Testosterone replacement treatments for me should be given only to men with consistently low testosterone levels and who have symptoms,” said Dr. Roach, a respected physician at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. “The most common early symptoms in adult men are low energy levels, poor libido and depressed ... Read More

Fair Labor Standards Act: When should you be compensated as on the clock?

The Fraud List: Fair Labor Edition

This is the fourth installment in The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series Since 1938, the Wage and Hour Division of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has protected working class citizens from exploitation from their employer by ensuring time and a half for overtime pay in certain jobs. While overtime compensation is widely acceptable in most positions, not every worker qualifies to receive overtime, and not every employer is willing to play by the rules. In order to be qualified to earn overtime compensation, an employee must work more than 40 hours a week and earn less than $23,660 a ... Read More

Judge Denies Selma Auto Worker Whistleblower Protections


A former employee of Selma, Ala.-based auto supplier Renosol Seating has been denied federal whistleblower protections by a Montgomery County circuit court judge. Kim King lost her job at the Lear-owned Renosol Corporation in March after she attempted to deliver a letter to Hyundai executives expressing her concerns about toxic chemical exposures in the plant and low wages. Renosol makes foam car seats for the Korean automaker. Ms. King and other Renosol employees claim that chemicals used to make the foam seats in the plant have adversely affected their health. Studies have shown that toluene diisocyanate, or TDI, can lead to ... Read More

Dialysis products GranuFlo, NaturaLyte linked to sudden cardiac arrest


Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are investigating cases of cardiac events including sudden cardiac arrest in patients who underwent dialysis treatment in which GranuFlo or NaturaLyte concentrates were used. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are used to balance electrolytes in patients undergoing dialysis treatment. They are made by Fresenius Medical Care, and are used in both Fresenius-owned and non-Fresenius-owned dialysis clinics. The products metabolize into a substance called bicarbonate within the body. Elevated levels of bicarbonate can cause heart problems including heart attacks, sudden cardiac arrest, and death. Fresenius became aware that the dosing instructions printed on labels of GranuFlo and ... Read More

Lawsuits allege talcum powder caused ovarian cancer

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Women who have regularly used talcum powder products on their genitals for personal hygiene and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be entitled to compensation. In October 2013, Deane Berg filed a lawsuit against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson claiming the company’s Shower to Shower talc-containing body powder and Johnson’s Baby Powder caused her ovarian cancer. It was hard to believe the claims. After all, the Johnson & Johnson products have been around for decades. The company had always advertised them as safe enough for babies. The jury’s verdict in the case, however, started consumers thinking. Jurors ... Read More

Attorneys investigating cases of diabetes linked to Lipitor


People who were taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may want to consult with an attorney to discuss their rights. Statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, have been linked to a high risk of type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown an increased risk of diabetes among patients taking statins, but those studies were limited and failed to determine how broad the statin side effect was. Researchers at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital in Finland sought to better understand the diabetes risk with statins. They conducted ... Read More

Women diagnosed with cancer after hysterectomy may be entitled to compensation


Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are investigating cases of new cancer diagnoses following hysterectomy or uterine fibroid removal. A surgical tool called a power morcellator used in some laparoscopic gynecological procedures has been linked to spreading previously undiagnosed uterine cancer, making the disease more difficult to treat and, ultimately, worsening the odds of survival. Power morcellators are medical devices fitted with a tube-like blade that shreds the uterus or uterine growths into small bits within the uterine cavity. Those bits are removed by the morcellator through a small incision in the abdomen. Power morcellator procedures for hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine ... Read More

Lawsuits claim serious injuries from type 2 diabetes drugs


A class action lawsuit filed in Canada alleges the type 2 diabetes drug Invokana can cause kidney damage so severe it could be fatal. The class action lawsuit is awaiting certification under Nova Scotia law, but attorneys say they expect no issues in getting the class action certified within the next several months. Invokana is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It was approved by Canadian drug regulators in May 2014, about a year after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval in the United States. It is in a new class of diabetes drugs known as ... Read More

Judge refuses to dismiss second Mirena IUD side effects lawsuit

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A New York federal judge refused to dismiss a woman’s lawsuit alleging injuries caused by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s contraceptive, the Mirena IUD, based on the grounds that a second and similar lawsuit filed by the woman in a different state had already been dismissed. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel, who is overseeing a multidistrict litigation, found that while plaintiff Ashley Brown’s claims in a California lawsuit had been time-barred and dismissed, a similar lawsuit that she filed in Missouri could not be thrown out based on the same grounds. Brown’s lawsuits claim she had been implanted with the Mirena ... Read More

Lawsuits target Xarelto bleeding risks


Bayer’s blood thinner Xarelto is the subject of a growing class action lawsuit alleging bleeding risks in people who used the drug. Xarelto was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011, making it the second in a new class of anticoagulants designed as a more convenient alternative to the long-used warfarin. Xarelto is used to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, as well as to prevent or treat blood clots in specific populations of patients. Xarelto and other drugs in its class are considered more convenient than warfarin because patients taking them do not have to be ... Read More