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Minnesota woman sues Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon over vaginal mesh injuries

Stacey, a Minnesota woman who was implanted with a Gynemesh brand transvaginal mesh device says the mesh has failed, leaving her with severe physical and emotional injuries. She now joins a growing number of women who have filed claims against transvaginal mesh manufacturers, seeking damages to recoup medical expenses, recover financial losses, and regain a life without intense pain and injury-related health problems. Transvaginal mesh is a form of surgical mesh used to correct pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Complications arise when the mesh breaks apart or shifts, potentially causing a ... Read More

UK regulators issue warning about DePuy’s MITCH TRH all-metal hip implants

The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a safety warning for MITCH TRH acetabular cups and MITCH TRH modular heads – a metal-on-metal hip implant system manufactured by U.K.-based Finsbury Orthopaedics, a division of DePuy Orthopaedics. Both companies are owned by healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. The MITCH TRH System is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system consisting of components that can be used in different combinations to carry out either hip resurfacing arthroplasty or total hip replacement. In the new Medical Device Alert, MHRA regulators warn that a higher-than-expected number of DePUY MITCH hip devices ... Read More

NJ doctor may lose license for inappropriate testosterone replacement and painkiller prescriptions

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has moved to suspend the medical license of a doctor who, investigators allege, indiscriminately prescribed potent testosterone replacement drugs such as Androgel in addition to powerful prescription pain medications, including OxyContin and Roxicodone when they weren’t appropriate and necessary for patients to take. According to Newark’s Star-Ledger, Dr. Roger Lallemand Jr. wrote thousands of such prescriptions for patients visiting the three offices he maintained in Old Bridge and Asbury Park, New Jersey. The doctor told one patient, an undercover investigator with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, that he offered testosterone drugs to all of ... Read More

Former Actos patient sues Takeda over bladder cancer injuries

A West Virginia man is the latest person to file a lawsuit against Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Company over injuries he alleges were caused by taking the diabetes drug Actos for years. According to the Consumer Justice Foundation, the plaintiff, Donald Shingleton, began taking Actos in 2005 to treat his type 2 diabetes. After years of controlling his body’s insulin levels with Actos, however, Mr. Shingleton developed bladder cancer. He now seeks damages for his injuries and the emotional distress he says he has endured as a result of taking the drug. Mr. Shingleton filed his lawsuit April 25 in U.S. ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh implants lead to severe pain and financial hardship for some

Many women who have transvaginal mesh implanted in them to correct problems associated with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or incontinence experience no adverse effects from the surgery. But a year after the surgery, as many as one in six women implanted with a vaginal mesh device experiences complications and may require additional surgeries to remove the mesh, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Sherry Hanson, who had trasvaginal mesh implanted in 2010, told Canada’s CTV News that she now experiences complications from the surgical mesh that are so severe, she can no longer ... Read More

Prescription drug cocktails could be killing our combat veterans

Imagine dutifully serving and surviving your combat tours in the Middle East, only to return home and be killed by a prescription drug. That is apparently what is happening to hundreds of young military veterans coming back to the U.S. from Afghanistan and Iraq with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are being treated with a cocktail of anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and other prescription drugs. Stan and Shirley White of Charleston, West Virginia, were coping with the grief of losing their son Bob, a Fort Bragg paratrooper, in Afghanistan, when their other son Andrew, who had returned home from combat ... Read More

Appeals judges side with Big Pharma in Androgel case

A U.S. appeals court in Atlanta sided with Big Pharma in an April ruling, allowing “pay-for-delay” arrangements between brand-name and generic drug manufacturers. At the center of this ruling was the testosterone drug Androgel, a blockbuster drug made by Brussels-based Solvay (now Abbott Pharmaceuticals) that brought in $594 million in 2010 and promises explosive growth in the future as more and more men turn to it for its sexually restorative effects. Solvay was originally granted a 17-year patent in 2003, which barred other drugmakers from developing a generic version of the topical gel until 2015. However, three drug companies challenged ... Read More

pain from transvaginal mesh injuries can be inescapable, life altering

Canada’s CTV News says that several women have come forward to share their experiences after the station reported on the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Canadian women who have experienced painful, sometimes devastating complications from their transvaginal mesh implants. For Nonie Wideman, the evidence that there is something wrong with her transvaginal mesh implant is visible. She told CTV News that pieces of the mesh’s purple fibers have eroded and come out of her vagina and also through her urine. “It’s eroded into my urinary system and I am in trouble,” she told CTV. Like many other women ... Read More

Some DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits heading to trial this year

The first lawsuits filed against health care giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics by plaintiffs alleging injuries caused by DePuy’s metal-on-metal ASR hip devices will go to court this year. About 4,200 lawsuits have been filed against the companies in federal court, with another 2,000 filed in state courts. The first state lawsuits are slated to go to trial in Las Vegas, Nevada, in mid-December 2012, with another trial scheduled for January 2012 in a Maryland state court. Federal lawsuits, which will be tried in U.S. District Court in West Virginia, will probably be heard in March ... Read More

Montgomery drowning lawsuit underscores swimming pool safety concerns

MONTGOMERY, ALA—Beasley Allen has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the parents of two young boys who drowned Monday in their apartment complex swimming pool. The brothers, Victor Garcia, 7, and Cristubal Basurto Garcia, 5, were found in the pool around 6:45 Monday evening and were taken to Baptist South Hospital where they were pronounced dead. The Montgomery Police Department has said it believes the drownings to be accidental. The incident occurred at Cyprus Court Apartments, where the boys’ parents, Erika Basurto and Maurillio Garcia, reside. “Obviously, this is a very difficult time for the family, a heartbreaking ... Read More