Medical Products Liability Posts in January, 2013

Illlinois MDL alleging Yaz side effects gets five more plaintiffs

In a new Yaz lawsuit filing, five plaintiffs will join the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for their birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin, and the generic form of the drug, Ocella. For the Southern District of Illinois, the MDL is located in the U.S. District Court....
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Man sues diabetes medication manufacturer

Doyle Swafford ended up filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of his type 2 diabetes medication called Actos after he suffered from severe side effects. Swafford took the case to Cook County Circuit Court, saying that there is a link between the use of Actos medication and the development of baldder cancer, which is one of the side effects recognized for the medication....
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The Medical Device User Fee Amendments

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passed a new act, the Medical Device User Fee Amendments, which went into effect on October 1. The new act, according to the FDA, “includes performance goals and user fees paid to the FDA by medical device companies when they register and list with the FDA and when they submit an application to market a medical device in the U.S.” In the long run, the new act will help to shape with way that the FDA approves products, clinical trials, and also shorten timelines for scheduling appeals of meetings or decisions....
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Two Defective Ventilator Products Recalled by FDA

A ventilator is a machine that assists people who are unable to breath by mechanically supplying oxygen and pulling out poisonous carbon dioxide.  They can usually be found in intensive care units, emergency rooms, and when receiving healthcare at home.  They can also be used during surgery for people who are under anesthesia, in case their heart is slowed too much.  There are also manual units which are pumped during activities like CPR....
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A medical device that might make you eligible for compensation

Back in 2010, the FDA sent an open warning letter to DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., because the company had started producing and marketing their metal-to-metal joint replacement device Trumatch without an FDA approval.  The company was also marketing a hip replacement device in cases where it had no approval for doing so. Here is a link to the FDA warning letter....
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Parents suing pharmaceutical company over baby’s heart defect

Parents who had a baby with a serious heart defect sued a drug manufacturer and a number of others, saying medication prescribed to the mother caused the defect. Among others named as defendants are the local pharmacy and the mother’s physician. The Montana Standard reported a story on this court case....
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FDA joins medical device association with key role

On December 3, 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that the agency has become a part of a nonprofit group that consists of representatives from across the medical device industry, nonprofit associations, and the government....
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Lawsuit against Anti-stroke drug Pradaxa

The on-going problem with an array of medication is that the side effects can be more damaging than the affliction being treated.  That is the argument being made in the case of Barbara Jean Asher.  The Asher family filed a lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim, makers of Pradaxa seeking damages for punitive damages, medical expenses, and other costs associated with her ailments.  Pradaxa is a blood thinning medication which intends to stop people from having blood clots and reduce the risks of strokes for pe...
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