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Woman files Mirena IUD lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare

An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare alleging the company overstated the benefits of its Mirena IUD contraceptive device and failed to adequately warn women or their doctors of the serious health risks that it could cause. The Mirena IUD, or intrauterine device, is a flexible T-shaped device that is implanted into the cervix to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. The device has been linked to thousands of reports of complications that range include heavy bleeding and cramping. More serious reports claim the device can migrate from its intended position into the abdominal cavity and, ... Read More

Judge refuses to approve NFL’s multimillion dollar concussion settlement for retired players

A Pennsylvania federal judge has refused to approve a $760 million multidistrict litigation settlement agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and former players who sustained long-term injuries from concussions. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody said she was concerned that the league wasn’t putting up enough money to compensate all members in the class. The settlement is designed to resolve lawsuits from retired NFL players who alleged that the league did not do enough to protect players from concussions and other brain trauma nor did they do enough to address the long term risks of these injuries. The arrangement is designed ... Read More

NECC agrees to pay more than $100 million to compensate victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

The owners and insurers of the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a deadly, multistate fungal meningitis outbreak have agreed to pay more than $100 million to settle lawsuits and compensate victims, families of victims and creditors. At least 751 people were sickened and 64 died after receiving contaminated steroid injections manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC). About 18,000 tainted shots were distributed to medical facilities in 23 states, and an estimated 14,000 people were exposed to the fungus after receiving the shots commonly used to treat back, neck and joint pain. Hundreds of patients developed fungal infections, including meningitis. ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson to pay $2.5 billion to resolve thousands of ASR metal hip lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve more than 7,500 lawsuits involving defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Othopaedics. DePuy issued a worldwide recall on an estimated 93,000 of its ASR all-metal hip replacement systems in 2010 after reports that the devices were failing at a faster than expected rate. Traditional hip implants can last 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. However, a large number of DePuy’s ASR devices were failing in five years or less. Unlike traditional hip implants that are made with ceramic or plastic parts, the ... Read More

Stryker to pay up to $1.1 billion to resolve metal hip lawsuits

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. says it expects to pay up to $1.1 billion to settle personal injury lawsuits stemming from a 2012 recall of two of the company’s metal hip implants. The amount is more than twice what the company previously estimated it would have to pay to resolve the lawsuits. In July 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems because of concerns that the devices could fret or corrode inside the body, which could damage surrounding tissue and cause pain and inflammation. Last July the company in a securities filing said it estimated the costs ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturers face more than 30,000 lawsuits alleging defective design

More than 10,000 lawsuits involving Ethicon Gynecare transvaginal mesh have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia, all claiming the surgical mesh products were defectively designed and made, and that Ethicon failed to warn doctors and patients of the risks associated with the devices. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is also facing an additional 4,400 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in multi-county litigation in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Ethicon is just one of six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. There are more than 30,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in separate proceedings in just the ... Read More

Cyclist files lawsuit against metal hip implant manufacturer

Mark Stephan was riding his bike with friends when he crashed and fractured two vertebrae. He was told he might never walk again. Yet, four years and a hip replacement later, Stephan defied the odds not only by walking again, but by completing a 3,200-mile cycling trip to raise money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he was treated. The victory was short-lived, however. Last year he received a letter stating that the Stryker Orthopedic hip replacement he received in 2011 was recalled because it was defective. Stryker warned that the faulty all-metal hip implants were at risk of ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturer’s stock drops in light of personal injury lawsuits

Humlebaek, Denmark-based transvaginal mesh manufacturer Coloplast A/S said last week that it didn’t expect lawsuits waged against the company in the United States would have “significant financial impact,” but investors are skeptical. The company’s stock fell as much as 1.8 percent – the lowest since May 2 – making it the worst performing in the benchmark OMX Copenhagen index. The blow comes just a week after a jury in the first federal transvaginal mesh trial – against competitor C.R. Bard Inc. – ordered the manufacturer to pay $2 million in damages to a woman who claimed Bard’s transvaginal mesh device ... Read More

Researcher looking for volunteers to test common type 2 diabetes drugs

A researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., is looking for volunteers for a major type 2 diabetes research project to determine which of four popular drugs is the most effective at treating the chronic disease long term. Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition. People with the disease have high levels of sugar in the blood. They typically require medication to regulate their blood sugar levels. The study will also test a new delivery system – a small, toothpick-sized implant designed to deliver medication for up to six months. People who are accepted into ... Read More

Study suggests IUDs safe for teens, but with greater risk of side effects

A new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests that intrauterine devices (IUDs) should be considered a safe and effective form of contraception for teenagers, however teens are more likely to suffer from side effects. The new analysis of more than 90,000 women age 15 to 44 who use long-term contraceptives showed that teenagers were slightly more likely than older women to lose their periods or become pregnant while using IUDs. Devices reviewed in the study include the hormone-releasing Mirena IUD and the copper ParaGard. Data showed that teenagers were more likely to experience side effects from the IUDs ... Read More