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Pediatric Doctors Support Proposed Safety Bills After Fatal Chattanooga School Bus Crash

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Doctors who treated the children injured in the Chattanooga school bus crash in Tennessee last November testified before a House subcommittee Wednesday, March 23, to support three proposed bills that aim to correct some of the problems that likely contributed to the severity of the crash. According to The Tennessean, Dr. Alan Kohrt, chief medical officer at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, said the night of Nov. 21 was “the most difficult of my professional life.” Four of the 37 children aboard the school bus died at the scene. Two more children died later at the hospital, and 30 others ... Read More

J&J unfazed by growing number of Risperdal lawsuits

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Lawsuits pending in a mass tort in Pennsylvania involving disfiguring side effects allegedly caused by the antipsychotic drug Risperdal have grown by nearly 40 percent from 2015, and the number is expected to climb higher. The thousands of people suing Risperdal makers Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals claim the drug company knew Risperdal could cause adolescent boys to grow female-like breasts, but failed to warn consumers or their doctors. The drug companies have already lost a handful of trials totaling about $75 million in verdicts, one of which was a $70 million verdict in favor of a Tennessee ... Read More

Risperdal was ‘worst mistake’ for one adolescent boy

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Eddie Bible says taking the antipsychotic Risperdal was the worst mistake of his life. “If I knew what the side effects would be …I would have never taken it,” he told the Deccon Chronicle. Bible was prescribed Risperdal as a child to treat anxiety and bipolar disorder. The drug is also used to treat schizophrenia and irritability with autism. By the time Bible reached high school, he had developed large, female-like breasts, a condition clinically referred to as gynecomastia but one Bible called embarrassing. “I had larger boobs than the girls in school,” he said. “I thought, ‘Am I going to ... Read More

Pawnee Tribe Sues Oil Companies In Tribal Court For Earthquake Damage

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The Pawnee Nation filed a lawsuit in its tribal court March 3, accusing several oil companies actively drilling in Oklahoma of causing that state’s largest-ever recorded earthquake and damaging historical tribal buildings that are nearly a century old. The lawsuit represents the 3,200-member Pawnee tribe in north-central Oklahoma. According to the complaint, the oil companies named as defendants triggered the earthquake by injecting wastewater into wells and destabilizing subterranean layers of bedrock and faults, causing the earth to shift. The complaint is the first earthquake-related litigation to be heard in a tribal court. If it goes to trial, it will ... Read More

Medicinal lotion maker agrees to stop selling unapproved treatments

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CEO Jeffrey Bedard was informed that his company Crown Laboratories Inc. was selling creams and lotions for various skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and acne that violated federal law, yet the company continued to market and sell the products. But once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed a complaint in Tennessee federal court last week seeking an injunction to stop the company, Bedard and Crown finally vowed to stop. The FDA argued that the products Crown was peddling were misbranded under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and claimed to cure, treat or mitigate disease, deeming them drugs. Yet, ... Read More

Advanced Pharma recalls sterile injectable products labeled ‘latex free’

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Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, issued a recall of all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location from Sept. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, because they may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Avella and Advanced Pharam have been unable to confirm whether the “latex free” label statements on their products were accurate in all cases, and issued the recall as a precaution. The risk of potential adverse events related to a latex allergy range from local site reactions including swelling and inflammation to allergic reactions, which can be ... Read More

Could results of 2017 Risperdal lawsuits prompt global J&J settlement?

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Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals face more than 15,000 lawsuits over alleged disfiguring side effects caused by its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The last case to be tried resulted in a $70 million verdict in favor of a young Tennessee boy. The next scheduled trial, which involved a New York boy who claimed he suffered serious Risperdal side effects, ended with a confidential settlement agreement early this year. Could that be a sign that the pharmaceutical giant is considering settling more cases? J&J says it is taking each case one-by-one to decide whether a settlement is in order. ... Read More

Three New IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed Against Rex Medical and Argon Medical

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Three new lawsuits have been filed over failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filters manufactured by Rex Medical, and marketed and distributed by Argon Medical Devices. The complaints allege one IVC filter resulted in life-threatening injuries, one resulted in extensive medical treatment, and one resulted in death. IVC filters are devices inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and are designed to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs. Permanent filters have a sturdier design, while temporary or retrievable IVC filters have a weaker design, leading to a high number of failures. The temporary filters ... Read More

FDA approves first newborn screening tool for rare metabolic disorders

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first newborn screening tool for four rare lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs), rare inherited metabolic disorders that if not detected and treated in a timely manner can cause organ damage, neurological disability or death. The test, which will be marketed as the Seeker System, is designed to detect the LSDs Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I) Pompe, Gaucher and Fabry. The conditions occur in about 1 in 1,500 to 1 in 185,000 newborns and children, depending on the disorder. Several states currently mandate LSD screening in all newborns, such as Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, ... Read More

Celgene Urges Judge To Reconsider $40 Billion False Claims Act Case Ruling

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Drugmaker Celgene has asked a California federal judge to reconsider his decision to allow most of a $40 billion False Claims Act lawsuit to advance, arguing that a recent Ninth Circuit ruling requires the court to apply standards established by the Supreme Court in the recent Escobar case that the whistleblower cannot satisfy, Law360 reports. In December, U.S. District Judge George H. King, Central District of California, ruled that the bulk of whistleblower Beverly Brown’s False Claims allegations can move forward. Ms. Brown’s lawsuit alleges that the drugmaker promoted its bone cancer drugs Thalomid and Revlimid for unapproved purposes and ... Read More