FDA Warns of Illegally Sold Cancer Treatments

Categories: Consumer Safety Alerts

The FDA recently issued a safety alert, along with warning letters addressed to 14 U.S.-based companies illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer. These products include pills, topical creams, ointments, oils, drops, syrups, teas and diagnostics (such as thermography devices). The products are marketed and sold…

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1st Bellwether Trial Begins in Xarelto® Litigation

Categories: Xarelto Bleed Litigation

For more information about the Xarelto® internal bleeding litigation, feel free to contact Pharmaceutical Attorney Pamela A. Borgess of BORGESS LAW, LLC at (567) 455-5955 or toll-free at (844) LAW-9144.

The first of four bellwether trials in the Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) multidistrict litigation in Louisiana Federal Court is currently underway. Plaintiff Joseph Boudreaux, 74, of Lockport, La., alleges that he developed gastrointestinal bleeding after he began taking Xarelto in 2014, requiring hospitalization, numerous blood transfusions and other serious treatments. As previously reported in this blog, this litigation…

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FDA Issues Drug Safety Communication Regarding Use of General Anesthetic and Sedation Drugs in Young Children

Categories: Medical Drug Safety

Today, the FDA issued a drug safety communication that it has approved previously announced label changes regarding the use of general anesthetic and sedation medicines in children younger than 3 years. These changes include: A new Warning stating that exposure to these medicines for lengthy periods of time or over multiple surgeries or procedures may…

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Your Legal, Enforceable Right to Your Access Your Health Information – PART I: Why a Patient’s Right to Access is Important

Categories: Patient Rights

When you visit your doctor, you are often asked to sign a “HIPAA” form that the receptionist often explains has to do with protecting privacy.  However, many patients do not realize that the regulations under this important law also gives you, the patient, very important rights with respect to accessing your health information. The Health…

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EpiPen Recall Expanded

Categories: EpiPen Recall

On March 31, 2017, Mylan N.V. announced that Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner for EpiPen® Auto-Injector, expanded its recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets. As reported in the…

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Hernia Mesh Complications – Litigation Update

Categories: Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Lawsuits have been filed and many more are expected to be filed resulting from injuries alleged to be caused by the synthetic hernia repair product, Physiomesh, sold by Ethicon, Inc./Johnson & Johnson, (as well as C-Qur, sold by Atrium Medical Corporation). The lawsuits alleged that these hernia mesh products are defective and that Ethicon and…

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CNN’s Shocking Investigation on Rape in America’s Nursing Homes – 1,000+ Homes Cited for Alleged Sexual Abuse

Categories: Nursing Home Abuse

Today, CNN reported on its investigation into sexual assaults in America’s nursing homes bringing attention to this disturbing, but unfortunately not uncommon crime.  CNN uncovered that more than 1,000 nursing homes have been cited for mishandling suspected cases of sex abuse and nearly 100 of these facilities have been cited multiple times during the same…

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Shoulder Replacement Recalled for Higher Fracture Rate – Could This Be Yours?

Categories: Shoulder Replacement Recall

Today the FDA reported that Zimmer Biomet is recalling its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray Model 115340 because “these devices are fracturing at a higher rate than is stated in the labeling. Fractures may result in revision surgeries which could cause serious adverse health consequences such as permanent loss of shoulder function, infection, or rarely,…

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Eliquis Blood Thinner Medication Lawsuits for Life-Threatening & Irreversible Bleeds – Litigation Update

Categories: Blood Thinner Litigation

Lawsuits have been and continue to be filed by individuals who have suffered various bleed-related injuries (often irreversible and fatal) as a result of taking Eliquis (apixaban), an oral tablet used to reduce the risk of stroke and dangerous blood clots (systemic embolism). Eliquis is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company of Princeton, N.J. and marketed…

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