The latest drug with harmful side effects now being targeted in litigation is an anti-psychotic medication known as aripiprazole, sold under the brand name Ablify as well as in generic forms. Now, to be fair, the company that manufactures Ablify, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, did warn that patients taking the product could be subject to uncontrollable impulse behaviors – among them, gambling addiction. This warning appeared on packaging in the European Union and Canada. However, until quite recently, there was no such warning on US packaging.
A Mobile area financial advisor at the center of numerous complaints being investigated by the Levin, Papantonio Law Firm, has been permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA. The agency’s Department of Enforcement took action against Jerry McCutchen last week, barring him from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public.
It took far too long, but as of this past August, the warning label for the diabetic drug Invokana (canagliflozin) was finally updated to include the risk of ketoacidosis. It was also updated for a rival drug, Farxiga (dapaglifozin), as well as Jardiance (empagliflozin). All three of these medications are part of the gliflozin class, which are designed to prevent the kidneys from reabsorbing blood sugar, allowing it to be passed in the urine.
A new report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) confirms what some scientists and victims of C-8 exposure have been saying for years, that the chemical is hazardous to the human immune system. The recently released review found emissions of both perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), or C-8, and its close cousin, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), have been reduced, but remain widespread throughout the United States.
Most drivers have been forced to swerve suddenly when they come across debris in the road and they usually manage to avoid an accident or damage to their vehicle with a quick turn of the wheel. According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, though, more than 200,000 crashes on U.S. roadways involved debris over the past four years. The study found road debris resulted in about 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014.
Current lawsuits against chemical giant DuPont allege that its executives were aware of the toxicity of C8 for at least thirty years. However, their suspicions about the company's flagship product go back much further than that. According to information gleaned from internal company reports, scientists and senior executives, DuPont suspected there was something very wrong as early as the 1950s. Furthermore, the company's actions since that time cross the line from civil wrongdoing to criminal conduct.
While the diabetic medication Invokana (canagliflozin) has been implicated in the development ketoacidosis in patients, it is not the only prescription drug in its class to have such a serious side effect. It was well over a year ago (May 2015, to be exact) that the Food and Drug Administration issued a statement on receiving numerous reports of how the entire class of gliflozin drugs was causing dangerous ketoacidosis. In fact, during the two years prior to issuing that statement, the FDA had received in excess of 100 reports of serious kidney damage.
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Earlier this year, an independent researcher working for a New Orleans-based law firm discovered some discrepancies between the number of unwanted pregnancies in women using Essure and the number that manufacturer Bayer actually reported to the Food and Drug Administration.
At first, IVC (inferior vena cava) filters seemed to be a great idea. Anticoagulant medications can be tricky, causing an elevated risk of serious hemorrhaging, and some patients cannot handle them at all. Placing a small metal cage into the primary artery leading to the heart and lungs in order to trap clots and prevent them from reaching it appeared to be the ideal solution. So, why is it that this particular cure has proven to be worse than the disease?
The next round of bellwether trials in the Pinnacle multidistrict litigation will move forward despite a petition by the defendants Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics to prevent them. The 5th Circuit federal court denied their request and the trials are scheduled to begin late next month. Earlier this year, another round of trials related to the case resulted in a record $502-million dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson.
Recent efforts to reach a settlement agreement in the Cook IVC Filter Litigation were unsuccessful, meaning a select number of cases for early “bellwether” trials could get underway next year, if additional settlement attempts don’t result in an agreement.
The days long deluge of rain along the U.S. Gulf Coast has soaked Southeastern states from Louisiana to Florida, bringing flash floods and additional risks for drivers maneuvering through the soaking rain. All motorists have to deal with driving in the rain from time to time and there are some do’s and don’ts that may surprise you.
In Florida, motorists caught in a downpour can turn on their headlights and set their windshield wipers on the fastest setting possible, but it’s illegal for them to drive with their hazard lights blazing.
The new interactive game app, Pokémon Go, has safety advocates concerned that the already serious problem of distracted driving is only going to get worse. Although no serious injuries have been reported due to drivers or motorists playing the game, the craze over the smartphone game app led to a series of accidents and traffic offenses in Japan soon after its release July 6, and is now being blamed for similar problems here in the United States.
Concerta, a pharmaceutical manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica, is one of the latest in a line of prescription drugs that have been found to have serious, and even fatal side effects that the company allegedly knew about and of which they failed to inform the public. In a society and at a time when people are looking for “quick fixes” for perceived disorders, such stories are becoming increasingly common.