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J&J pays $1.25m to settle lawuit over death of 14-year-old

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of a 14-year-old girl who used the company’s Ortho Evra birth-control patch, according to court records. The confidential agreement involved Alycia Brown, a resident of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, who suffered two blood clots in her lungs on May 7, 2004, after using the patch for several weeks. J&J, the world’s largest maker of health-care products, faces lawsuits by 2,400 of the 5 million women who used the patch. Most claim they suffered strokes or clots in their legs or lungs. The company settled dozens of cases ... Read More

Heart device recall poses a quandary for patients

On Sunday when Medtronic warned physicians to stop using a potentially faulty wire attached to its heart defibrillators, the company also advised patients to consult their doctors. On Monday, anxious patients were doing just that, causing some doctors’ offices to be flooded with calls as people tried to determine whether they might have the defective models. The risk of a defective wire is low. Medtronic said that about 2.3 percent of the estimated 235,000 patients with the defective wire, or 4,000 to 5,000 people, would experience a lead fracture within 30 months of implantation. But learning through tests that one’s ... Read More

Ob/Gyn Group Urges Pregnant Women to Shun Paxil

A group representing America’s obstetricians is recommending that women avoid the antidepressant Paxil if they are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, due to a potential heightened risk for birth defects. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also cautioned that treatment with other antidepressants should be considered on a case-by-case basis. ACOG’s Committee on Obstetric Practice “recommends that treatment with all SSRIs [selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors] or selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or both during pregnancy be individualized and paroxetine [Paxil] use among pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant be avoided, if possible,” read the statement, which ... Read More