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First testosterone trial begins

More than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. will be watching this week as the first testosterone trial gets underway in Chicago, according to the Cook County Record. It is the first of seven cases in the class action singled out as bellwethers. Thousands of plaintiffs filed suit against multiple drug manufacturers of testosterone replacement drugs saying the drugs increased their risk of life-threatening adverse effects including blood clots, stroke and heart attack. As Beasley Allen previously explained, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for testosterone replacement drugs in 2014 following a Food and ... Read More

Drug companies fight request for more information linking diabetes drugs to pancreatic cancer

A number of drug companies are fighting a request to produce documents involving reports linking pancreatic cancer to use of their type 2 diabetes treatments. Defendants Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Amylin Pharmaceuticals told a California federal court that gathering the requested information would be an “unreasonably burdensome fishing expedition.” Plaintiffs already have adverse events reports but are now seeking source files including underlying medical records of individual patients used to compile the reports. The motion is the most recent development in a multidistrict litigation against the drug companies that manufacture and distribute a newer ... Read More

Fresenius fighting request to produce adverse event reports related to GranuFlo, NaturLyte

Fresenius Medical Care is fighting a request by plaintiffs for the dialysis products and services provider to produce hard copies of adverse event reports involving patients because it would require the company to sift through records at 2,100 clinics with a client base of 170,000 patients in 2013. The motion was filed in federal multidistrict litigation in Massachusetts alleging Fresenius withheld information that its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte could cause patients to suffer heart problems and deaths. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are solutions used to maintain proper acid balance in patients’ blood when they undergo hemodialysis for the treatment of ... Read More

Judge denies Ethicon’s request for new transvaginal mesh trial

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon has been denied a new trial that would have struck an $11.1 million verdict in the first bellwether trial over allegedly defective transvaginal mesh. “There was strong evidence presented and multiple sources of evidence that in fact there were many problems with this product,” Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee said in court. Despite the ruling, Ethicon spokesman Matthew Johnson said the company isn’t giving up. “We will be filing an appeal in this case as we believe the jury’s verdict and damage awards were not supported by the evidence presented at trial,” he ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy injury lawsuits consolidated in federal court

Federal lawsuits against manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapies alleging the companies withheld risks associated with the products will be consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) ordered all federal lawsuits involving testosterone supplements be tried in Chicago. Consolidating the lawsuits is intended to reduce the cost of expert discovery, facilitate the establishment of a uniform pretrial approach to the cases, reduce the potential for inconsistent rulings and conserve resources, the MDL panel wrote. Testosterone replacement therapies, including the widely prescribed AndroGel, Testim and Axiron are designed to boost ... Read More

Lawsuits allege Mirena IUD caused brain damage

“I was one of the lucky ones,” writes “Proud Mama Fighting Back,” who describes herself as a “post Mirena survivor,” and chronicles her “Mirena nightmare” on her blogspot site, MyLifeAfterMirena. She says she was lucky because after having the Mirena intrauterine device inserted, she lost most of her vision in her right eye after two months. “I went from great vision to legally blind in that eye virtually overnight,” she writes. That’s when the blogger learned about a connection between the Mirena IUD and pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a type of brain damage in which too ... Read More

Another Lipitor side effects lawsuit filed against Pfizer

Another lawsuit has been filed against Pfizer by a woman claiming the pharmaceutical company’s cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor caused her to develop type 2 diabetes, and that the company failed to warn doctors and consumers of this risk. Jodie Ward is the first person to file such a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, however several similar cases have been filed elsewhere and many have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in South Carolina. In August 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Pfizer to change the safety label on Lipitor based on studies that showed the drug ... Read More

$100 million settlement for fungal meningitis victims expected soon

Victims of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid shots could receive a share of a $100 million multidistrict litigation settlement if trustees with the now-bankrupt New England Compounding Center (NECC) and other parties complete a proposed deal. A bankruptcy attorney for the compounding pharmacy responsible for manufacturing and distributing the tainted steroid shots said he has been working with a committee representing victims of the outbreak since the settlements-in-principle were announced in December. He told a Massachusetts federal judge that a completed deal was expected soon. The agreement calls for a victims fund that would first have ... Read More

Personal injury lawsuits piling up against makers of blood thinner Plavix

Personal and financial injury lawsuits involving the blood thinner Plavix are piling up in New Jersey against the drug’s makers, with 73 currently in the multidistrict litigation with at least another 14 being considered for transfer. The lawsuits allege the drug companies falsely advertised the prescription anti-clotting medication as a gentler-than-aspirin treatment designed to prevent heart attacks and strokes even though they knew the drug increased the risk for heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding and death. Plavix, also known as clopidogrel, is manufactured and sold by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis, and is aided by McKesson Corporation. The drug was approved ... Read More

Jury should know Johnson & Johnson destroyed transvaginal mesh documents, U.S. judge says

A U.S. judge has found that Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit destroyed company documents about some of its transvaginal mesh implants ahead of its Feb. 10 trial in which the health care conglomerate is defending itself against thousands of personal-injury lawsuits. U.S. magistrate judge Cheryl Eifert concluded that Ethicon destroyed thousands of computer files and other documents pertaining to its Gynecare Prolift and TVT Retropublic mesh devices, which thousands of women blame for excruciating internal injuries. Because the company acted improperly, juries may be allowed to hear and weigh evidence about the alleged document dumping, Judge Eifert said. ... Read More