Medical Products Liability Posts in October, 2014

Stryker and DePuy Artificial Hip Device Recalls Lead to Litigation

Metal-on-metal hips were first marketed as providing a greater range of motion and longer lasting use for patients. However, due to poor design and performance of certain artificial hips, failure rates have rapidly increased. Medical device manufacturers Stryker and DuPuy both created and promoted products that did not undergo proper testing. As a result, many have suffered....
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Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Use and Liver Failure

Acetaminophen is one of the most common pain medications in the world. Johnson & Johnson manufactures the most well known brand of pain medication that contains acetaminophen, Tylenol. While many people consider Tylenol to be a very safe, over-the-counter drug, according to MedicinePlus, a publication of the National Institute of Health (NIH), acetaminophen overdose “is one of the most common poisonings worldwide.” It can be deadly if a person takes too large of a dose, according to NIH....
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Lawsuits Brought Against Eli Lilly, Manufacturer of Cymbalta

Cymbalta is a multi-use prescription drug most commonly used as an anti-depressant. Despite several clinical trials during the approval process of Cymbalta that alleged Cymbalta caused depression in otherwise healthy patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not recall the drug for use as an anti-depressant, according to the New York Times....
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A Recall Issued For Yaz Was Not Publicized

Sometimes prominent drugs are recalled and no one knows about it. This was the case with a 2010 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of the birth control Yaz, a contraceptive approved by the FDA for use among women as young as 14 years old. Yaz and Beyaz—a similar FDA-approved medication made by the same manufacturer, Berlex, Inc.—hit the market when it was approved in 2006, according to Drugs.com....
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Lawsuits Brought Against Xarelto for Internal Bleeding

Xarelto is a blood thinner prescribed to patients at high risk of blood clots or strokes and is widely prescribed by the medical community. It can also be used to treat pulmonary embolism and can be used to reduce the risk of clotting in a person who has just undergone joint replacement surgery. According to the Xarelto website, more than 9 million people worldwide have been prescribed Xarelto for various reasons....
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Mental Disorder Drug Linked to Risk of Compulsive Behavior

Abilify is the name brand of the medication aripirazole. Aripirazole is the medicine used to treat mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, severe mental depression and schizophrenia. No evidence has been released that proves that the drug does not do what it is intended to do, but there are some unexpected side effects of taking this medication about which many patients have filed lawsuits....
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Jury Awards $3.27 Million in Transvaginal Mesh Suit

Surgical mesh was developed in the mid-20th century as a way to treat hernias. The implant was originally intended to be placed beneath the skin to patch the hole in the abdomen and block intestines and other tissues from protruding, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It can be made from either biological or synthetic materials....
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