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DePuy hit with $247M verdict over faulty metal hip implants

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., were hit with a combined $247 million verdict in the latest bellwether involving DePuy’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants. The ruling was the third nine-figure verdict in the multidistrict litigation alleging design and manufacturing defects with the implants that caused patient harm, Law360 reported. The Texas federal jury awarded $90 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson. DePuy was slapped with $78 million in punitive damages. The six individual plaintiffs received more than $77 million for past and future medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. Four of the plaintiffs’ ... Read More

NTSB: Sleep Apnea, Fatigue Among Causes of Deadly Casino Bus Crash

A deadly crash between a casino bus and a tractor trailer that killed 13 people near Palm Springs, California last year likely resulted from a driver’s undiagnosed sleep apnea and an inadequate traffic management plan by the state to control traffic in a work zone, federal investigators determined. In its investigation of the Oct. 23, 2016, crash of a 47-passenger 1996 MCI motor coach operated by USA Holiday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the casino bus slammed into the back of a stopped tractor-trailer at a high speed. The crash killed the casino bus driver and 12 passengers ... Read More

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens Hundreds of Marine Recruits

Hundreds of Marine recruits fell ill in an outbreak of E. coli at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California, including nine that have developed kidney failure. U.S. Marine Corps officials have not identified the source of the E. coli outbreak but said the matter is under investigation and announced several measures being implemented to prevent further illnesses. Seventeen of the Marines-in-training sickened in the E. coli outbreak have required hospitalization off base, including nine whose illness led to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can cause strokes, seizures, ... Read More

Plaintiffs in ovarian cancer talc cases are still fighting

In August the first California jury to hear a talc ovarian cancer case awarded now-deceased plaintiff Eva Echeverria a staggering $417 million, $110 million more than all four of the previous Missouri verdicts combined. The jury found that Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products contributed to the development of Echeverria’s ovarian cancer and the company should have warned her and other consumers of its products’ risks. They backed up this conclusion with $347 million in punitive damages. However, on Oct. 20, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren E. Nelson overturned the verdict, granting Johnson and Johnson’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the ... Read More

Chuck Norris, wife claim MRI drugs caused debilitating condition

Martial artist and actor Chuck Norris and his wife Gena are suing the makers of two gadolinium-based contrast agents injected into patients before undergoing magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) tests, alleging the drugs seeped metal into her body causing a painful and debilitating disease that has cost them more than $2 million to treat. The Norrises’ lawsuit names McKesson Corp., Bracco Diagnostics Inc., and a handful of other companies, and names the gadolinium based contrast agents ProHance and MultiHance. The couple claims that the drug companies as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have known for decades that the ... Read More

Contamination risk remains with PharmaTech liquid docusate

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding health care professionals and patients not to use any liquid product manufactured by PharmaTech LLC’s Davie, Florida, facility because they may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that can cause serious, life-threatening infections in people with compromised immune systems and patients with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis. These PharmaTech-produced products are labeled by a variety of companies including Rugby, Leader, Major, Centurion, and Mid Valley. Laboratory testing conducted by the FDA has identified B. cepacia in several bottles of Rugby Diocto (docusate sodium) oral liquid from lot No. 20351701 ... Read More

Stem cell research good news for those with alopecia

Hair loss affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States according to CNBC. There are many causes of hair loss or alopecia. All of them impact individuals’ sense of self. Genetics, stress, immune disease, injury to the scalp, and toxic drugs can all cause hair loss. Some hair loss is temporary, other hair loss is permanent. Hair loss associated with cancer treatment is expected to be temporary, however, chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been linked to the side effect of permanent alopecia. The drug may damage or alter the hair follicle, and the stem cells necessary for ... Read More

Supplement maker fights proposed false claims lawsuit

The maker of a dietary supplement made from jellyfish protein and touted as a memory booster asked a California federal judge not to certify a proposed multistate class action lawsuit brought by consumers accusing the company of making false claims. The supplement has ratcheted $165 million in sales in the past 10 years. Quincy Bioscience LLC told U.S. District Court Judge Hayward S. Gilliam Jr. that its Prevagen supplement does work as claimed because it has been clinically tested and that the lead plaintiff did not take the medication as directed. Prevagen contains apoaequorin, a substance found in jellyfish. The supplement’s ... Read More

Produce packer’s recall spurs chain reaction of recalls

Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different ... Read More

J&J betrayed trust, talc contains asbestos, jury told

The first talc mesothelioma case against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys is being tried again in Pasadena, California. A retrial began nine days after a mistrial was declared when plaintiff Tina Herford mentioned talc’s alleged link to ovarian cancer in her testimony on day two. Since 2016 there have been six completed trials against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys centering on allegations that talc itself is carcinogenic and responsible for contributing the the development of women’s ovarian cancer. Five of the six juries in those cases found in favor of the plaintiffs with huge multi-million dollar verdicts that got international ... Read More